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Campillo holds nerve on fifth playoff hole to win Qatar Masters

FILE PHOTO: Golf - European Tour - Irish Open - Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ballyliffin, Ireland - July 6, 2018 Spain's Jorge Campillo in action during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

(Reuters) - Spaniard Jorge Campillo showcased a putting masterclass to beat Scotland’s David Drysdale in a two-way playoff on the fifth extra hole to win the Qatar Masters on Sunday.

Campillo looked on course for a two-stroke victory on the final day at the Education City Golf Course but a wayward tee shot on the par-four 17th gave him a double bogey that meant he finished tied on 13-under overall.

In the ensuing playoff, Campillo sank birdies from 20 feet and 25 feet. On their fifth extra hole, he sank another exceptional 20-foot birdie while Drysdale missed his putt to hand the Spaniard his second European Tour title.

“I’m just so proud right now of the way I played in the playoff,” Campillo said. “I hardly missed a shot and I was able to make some putts.

“I hit some good shots coming in, in the middle of the round. But you have to be patient, you have to try hard. I knew I was going to make some putts. It was a tough win but I’m glad I pulled it off.

“It’s a great par four, 18. A tough hole. David was hitting some great shots into the hole and I had to make some putts. Three birdies out of six on 18 to win is something to be proud of.”

The event was Drysdale’s 498th on the European Tour and the 44-year-old is yet to win a title, finishing runner-up four times.

The Scotsman had his chance to clinch the title on the 18th but he missed a birdie putt by mere centimeters which forced the playoff.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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