IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first hole of a playoff with Callum Shinkwin to win the Scottish Open on Sunday, securing his first title in 5 1/2 years.
The 405th-ranked Shinkwin left short a 4-foot par putt for victory on his 72nd hole to shoot a 4-under 68 in his final round and drop into a playoff with Cabrera Bello, who shot a course-record 8-under 64. Both were on 13 under par overall.
Returning to the par-5 18th at Dundonald Links, Cabrera Bello sent a 3-wood from 275 yards to within 8 feet. His eagle putt came short but he tapped in for birdie, leaving Shinkwin a 7-foot putt for birdie to force a second hole.
Again, his putt didn’t reach the cup.
“One of the shots of my life,” Cabrera Bello said about his 3 wood on the playoff hole.
The last of Cabrera Bello’s previous two titles on the European Tour came at the Dubai Desert Classic in February…