Rafa Cabrera wins the Spanish Open

Rafa Cabrera Bello won the Jon Rahm Open. There was no treble for the world number one, who hit a slump on Saturday and on the last day he could not row more than to be 17th, six strokes behind the winner. But there was a great tournament finale in which Rafa Cabrera and Adri Arnaus played the cup in a tiebreaker on the 18th hole after finishing tied at -19. Just before Arnaus had had the glory in his hands, a putt to be champion and achieve his first laurel on the European circuit in 72 championships and at 26 years (the Catalan is only 24 days older than Rahm). But the pressure weighs tons in front of 15,000 spectators and his hitting went wide. The ruling resurrected Cabrera, a much more seasoned golfer at 37, eager to claim his claim after recently losing the US circuit card. Cabrera seemed doomed when his ball flew off the fairway at the exit of that last hole, 26 meters ahead of previous rounds. But there appeared all the mental strength of a golfer who has made a career with pick and shovel. First to invent a spectacular escape between the trees after being able to drop, then to get out of the bunker and bury the ghosts of the first hole of the day, when he had lost his rent with a double bogey precisely because of a bad hit in the sand. Cabrera saved the pair, Arnaus missed and the two hugged before head to head.

It is in these situations that the head decides before the hands. Arnaus arrived thinking that he had stroked the glass and it had slipped. Cabrera, who had a second chance that he did not imagine. There was nothing more to say and the canary birdie the first time to be absolute champion of Spain after having already been in all previous categories. Arnaus was hardened with a loss that hurt him especially for having had two strokes of advantage and for having signed victorious shots, such as a 372-yard drive on par five of the seventh hole.

With five holes remaining to be played, the board returned to draw draws and a psychological war began. Arnaus signed the eagle in the 14th, the second of the round, but Cabrera linked three birdies between the 13th and the 15th. Until that crazy outcome on the 18th and the tiebreaker on the same hole in front of a crowded stand and devoted to the duel between the two Spanish people.

Final classification of the Spanish Open.

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