GIRONA, SPAIN (Reuters) – On Sunday, home favorite Adri Arnaus defeated Oliver Bekker in a dramatic playoff to win the Catalunya Championship and secure his first DP World Tour victory.
At the start of the day, Arnaus, who hails from Barcelona near Girona in northeast Spain, was seven shots behind overnight leader Bekker. But he drew even with a final-round 7-under 65. Arnaus’ fourth round included five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 12th, in contrast to Bekker’s even-par 72.
Arnaus and Bekker both made par on their five trips to the 18th hole in the playoff, but Bekker’s bogey on the 17th awarded Arnaus the victory.
Arnaus, who is 27 years old, has previously finished fifth in the DP World Tour five times. It was his third playoff appearance in less than seven months.
He described it as “a dream come true.” “I’ve been on the lookout for this one for quite some time. It’s great to be able to come through here during the summers, where they take such good care of me. I’m well familiar with the material. I’ve had the opportunity to play some excellent golf, and doing so here is very rewarding.”
Bekker was also looking for his first win on the tour.
The DP World Tour returned to PGA Catalunya for the first time since the 2014 Spanish Open. From 2008 to 2016, the arena hosted tour qualifying.