Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Cabrera-Bello triumphs in Open tune-up

Cabrera-Bello triumphs in Open tune-up

Instead, Shinkwin - who hadn't dropped a stroke all day -overshot the green of the par five in two and proceeded to make a mess of what remained.

Few are as cool as Couples, including Ryan Fox - but the New Zealander now has a hole-in-three of his own.

That provisional found the bottom of the cup and saved his par.

"I executed it perfectly", Cabrera Bello said.

McCarron finished 18 under to beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by one shot.

Dodt made the early running in the much calmer conditions on Sunday thanks to birdies at the first and fourth holes.

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England's Andrew Wall tied Dodt for fourth place, but the Queenslander clinched the final spot at The Open due to his higher position in the world rankings. But he went for the green with his second and his ball ended in a hard position behind a greenside bunker.

Cabrera-Bello's approach, by contrast, was near flawless, and he left Shinkwin with a pressure putt from around six foot. Worse, he double bogeyed the par-4 13th for second day running and was then unable to produce a birdie over next five holes. He left it short and the title was Rafa's. But it's all a learning curve and obviously if you win, you have to have luck on your side. But it's been a very good week.

"Under the gun, I didn't miss a shot until the last hole", said Shinkwin.

Watford born Shinkwin's reward, and in his rookie season, was a £600,000 cheque, the assurance of retaining his card for next year, and also joining Cabrera Bello at Royal Birkdale. On his 72nd hole, his approach landed on the bank and almost dropped into the burn, drawing gasps from spectators.

Rob Oppenheim, who was tied with Jacques Blaauw through three rounds, missed a birdie chip on No. 18 with an opportunity to force a playoff with Garnett. End of the day, I am more than happy to finish second even if the win was on my mind.

"Sometimes I did mistakes, sometimes it didn't work out for me". I think that's the most important thing coming into an event like this, not feeling that you're playing anywhere near 100 per cent.

Cabrera Bello will climb into the world's top 20 heading into the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

"Yeah, tomorrow morning my wife and were meant to be off to NY, but pretty happy to be going to Birkdale and my first major", he said. This effort again matched his previous attempt, finishing centimetres short of keeping his hopes of a first Tour win alive.

Former champion Cristie Kerr shot 70 to stand as the leading American player at four under par, a total she shared with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (72).

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