Date: April 22, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Jacquelin triumphs in Spain

Raphael Jacquelin claimed his first European Tour win in two years after prevailing in a three-way playoff at the Open de Espana on Sunday. Jacquelin ended the final round five under overall alongside Chile&aposs Felipe Aguilar and Germany&aposs Maximilian Kieffer after overnight leader Marc Warren fell away late in the day. The three playoff entrants each made par twice in a row on the 18th hole at the Parador de El Saler course in Valencia before Jacquelin and Kieffer shot birdies to oust Aguilar third time around. Jacquelin and Kieffer exchanged a further five pars before the Frenchman clinched the title by hitting a wedge to five feet and holing the subsequent putt. The playoff lasted more than two hours and equalled the European Tour record of nine for most playoff holes, set at the Dutch Open in 1989. “That is very tiring by I am really, really happy,” said Jacquelin, whose last European Tour victory came at the 2011 Sicilian Open. “I could not make any putts (in the playoff) but the last one dropped, which means a lot for me and my family.” Scotland&aposs Warren looked set to clinch the title before sensationally bogeying four of the last five holes to slip to equal fourth at four under alongside England&aposs Paul Waring and Swede Magnus Carlsson. Richard Green was the only Australian to make the halfway cut, but he finished tied for 61st some 11 shots behind the winner.