Spain’s Adri Arnaus has beaten Oliver Bekker to win his first DP World Tour title in the Catalunya Championship, but only after a nailbiting play-off.
A par on the 17th hole on Sunday was enough for local favourite Arnaus to seal victory after South Africa’s Bekker was unable to get up and down from just off the green.
The pair had finished tied on 11 under par but parred the 18th five times in succession in the play-off.
The action then switched to the 17th, the most difficult hole on the Girona course.
Arnaus was unable to convert a birdie putt from six feet to secure the win in style, but Bekker’s par attempt caught the edge of the hole and stayed out.
“To come through this week is so special,” Arnaus, who was born an hour away in Barcelona. “It has been an amazing week.
“In the Spanish Open (last year) we were close and in a play-off as well and this time we made it, so I’m super happy.”
Arnaus began the final round seven shots off the lead but surged through the field with an eagle and five birdies in a flawless 65.
The 27-year-old then faced a lengthy wait to see if anyone could match or surpass his total as Bekker and England’s Laurie Canter were both 11 under with two holes to play.
Canter’s chances disappeared with a double-bogey six on the 17th, but Bekker brilliantly saved par by hitting his approach to four feet. Another par on the last completed a final round of 72.
Canter had to settle for a share of third place alongside compatriot Richard McEvoy and Poland’s Adrian Meronk.
Australia’s Jason Scrivener tied for 18th place, on four under par. His compatriot, Maverick Antcliff, finished well adrift on four over.