Open Championship boost for Rafa Cabrera Bello after Spaniard pips English youngster Callum Shinkwin to Scottish Open

 
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Cabrera Bello's victory made it successive European Tour wins for Spanish golfers (Source: Getty)

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello denied English youngster Callum Shinkwin a first European Tour title on Sunday when he beat him in a play-off at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Shinkwin, 24, looked set to break his duck as he took a one-shot lead going to the 18th tee, but his bogey saw him tie with Cabrera Bello on 13 under par and the Ryder Cup star won at the first extra hole.

Cabrera Bello’s third European Tour title earned him a boost ahead of this week’s Open Championship and made it consecutive wins for Spaniards on the circuit, following Jon Rahm’s Irish Open success.

Shinkwin, who qualifies for the Open, had shared the overnight lead with experienced fellow countryman Ian Poulter and Australian Andrew Dodt but Cabrera Bello’s 64 put the world No406 under pressure.

He made three birdies on the front nine and two more on the way back but suffered a costly slip at the last, landing a chip short of the green and then missing a putt from four feet.

Frenchman Mathieu Pavon also bagged a place at Royal Birkdale for the Open by finishing third on 10 under, with Dodt two shots back and Poulter one more adrift.

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