Campillo wins in Morocco to end long wait for European Tour triumph

Ruben Hill
May 1, 2019

IN graduate Jorge Campillo ensured there wouldn't be a fifth American victory on this season's European Tour by earning his maiden Euro Tour win.

"It was tough, I was missing shots off the tee but I putted great", he said. I hit some great shots coming in and I'm proud. Three U.S. citizens finished in the top five. He graduated from the European Challenge Tour in 2011, finishing inside the top 100 Euro money table in every season since.

Campillo had been twice runner-up and once 3rd in three of his last four starts and after six career runner-up finishes he now has his first European Tour title.

The victor, Campillo, finally turned consistency into victory with his two shots win over Americans Sean Crocker and Julian Suri and Van Rooyen.

Another three-putt from the South African handed Campillo the outright lead on the 14th, and although Suri quickly joined him it would not be for long as the eventual victor converted from 10 feet for birdie on the 16th, and picked up a second shot in a row just a hole later. The 32-year-old Campillo started his final round a shot off the pace but after bogeys on the second and third holes, looked to have blown his chances in a tournament that has seen birdies hard to come by. Birdies on the 16th and 17th only confirmed that status.

"It's been a while but it's worth it", he said. "I'm just going to enjoy this". I have so many promises to fulfill after this win, I will have to take a few weeks off. Suri's 71, which included two birdies and 16 pars, handed him a share of second place. In picking up a cheque for just under £30,000, the Aberdonian jumped to 39th in the Race to Dubai.

"It's awesome for me to win again here", said Iturrios after carding a three-under 70 in the closing circuit for a 13-under 279 total, with Swedish pair Caroline Hedwall and Lina Boqvist sharing second spot.

Itturios' victory made it a double for Spanish golf in Morocco, the win her second in the event three years after her maiden LET win here in 2016.

Michele Thomson finished as top Scot in joint-28th on four-over, two ahead of Kylie Henry. Carly Booth and Kelsey Macdonald finshed on eight-over and 10-over respectively. He won the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

He flopped rather than flew over the finish line, but maybe that was to be expected.

She followed opening efforts of 77-75 with a brilliant five-under-par 70 in the closing circuit to finish three shots behind Fiorellini, who also signed off with a bogey-free effort in carding a 72.

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