10/10/2021 at 7:40 p.m. CEST
37-year-old Canarian player Rafa Cabrera Bello has proclaimed himself champion of the Spanish Open at Club de Campo Villa in Madrid, after winning a spectacular final against Barcelona’s Adri Arnaus.
The Catalan had it in hand but in the end it was the Canary who won, right after losing the card on the PGA Tour. Without a doubt, a reward for a very difficult year for the canary.
The big disappointment in Madrid was world number one Jon Rahm, who arrived on a mission to add his third consecutive Spanish Open, but the truth is that Barrika the whole tournament was not very successful and had to settle for seventeenth place, with 271 strokes (-13), six strokes behind the winner.
The best Rahm has ever come
Everyone expected Rahm to deliver his best version even though he started six shots from the canary. But the truth is that the Basque never gave the feeling of power reduce those shots despite the poor start of everyone in front.
Cabrera Bello, who started two strokes ahead of Arnaus and six over Rahm, started with a double bogey that equalized everything, and from there, the top of the standings narrowed but Rahm never appeared, unable to cut shots, missing many putts and totally staggered play.
When the world number one was off the map, the one who gave the tournament front a boost was Adri Arnaus, that thanks to two “eagles” he had two hits in the lead. ANDThe only one who could follow him was the canary, who never lost face on the comeback even though it wasn’t his best day..
And all I know went to solve the 18 after both entered the last holes same, and with the illusion of Madrid supporters to see a Spanish winner.
Arnaus seemed to have an advantage on the last hole when Cabrera Bello swerved and had to fall into a difficult area. But he released a majestic blow that ended in thn the bunker and was able to close the hole with a pair.
The Barcelona player kicked off to win the tournament but failed and the final duel went to the play-offs in the same 18. Two outings practically traced, the tournament was decided on the approach and Cabrera Bello did better than he left an affordable birdie while Arnaus missed it.
Victory for Cabrera Bello, who caught up to second place in 2019 and left a bad aftertaste for Adri Arnaus that he had the clearest opportunity to win his first victory on the European Tour, although he will have to wait a little longer.