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Nacho Elvira Holds Nerve For First Professional Title
Nacho Elvira boxed a nerveless 12-foot putt in a four-man scrap to win his first professional title at the Foshan Open.
Elvira had started the day with a three-shot lead, but his rivals gradually caught him and on the 18th tee any one of Shiv Kapur, Sam Walker, Tyrell Hatton or Elvira could win the trophy.
Tyrrell’s birdie attempt shaved the hole, Kapur lipped out for par leaving a showdown between Elvira and Walker.
When Walker’s approach shot came up short of the green and Elvira’s flew 50 feet past the hole, both looked in danger of dropping shots and gifting the tournament to Kapur. Walker failed to get up and down from the fringe leaving Elvira facing a 12-foot putt for victory, which he nailed with the composure of a seasoned pro.
The emotional Spaniard said: “This has to be one of the best days of my life. It’s been an unbelievable week from the start, with the course and the crowds and the way we’ve been made to feel so welcome by everyone. I’m just so grateful I managed to finish the job off.
“I hadn’t made a putt all day, but I said to my caddie on the last that if I was going to make one putt, now would be a good time to do it. It was an incredible feeling, and I’ll never forget this day. I didn’t play as well as I would’ve liked today, but I made the best up and down of my life for par from the edge of the water on the 17th, then to hole that putt on the last under such pressure was amazing.”