European Tour

Campillo claims maiden European Tour title in Morocco

Jorge Campillo (Getty Images)
Jorge Campillo (Getty Images)

Rabat - Spaniard Jorge Campillo won his maiden European Tour title at the 229th attempt on Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Trophee Hassan II event in Morocco.

The 32-year-old, twice a runner-up already this season, finally made his breakthrough as birdies on the 16th and 17th holes saw him pull away at the top of a crowded leaderboard and card a two-under-par 71.

It was Campillo's 229th event on the tour, having finished in the top ten 28 times without managing to seal a win.

"It's been a while but it's worth it," Campillo, who also finished third at the Indian Open earlier this month, told europeantour.com.

"I'm just going to enjoy this. I made so many promises that I have to do after I win, that I might have to take a few weeks off.

"I'm proud of the way I finished. I finished today like a champion."

The world number 90 went into the last day one shot behind overnight leader Erik van Rooyen, but the South African could only manage a one-over 74.

Campillo appeared to have blown his chances with back-to-back bogeys on the front nine, but played the final 11 holes in four-under to finish the tournament on nine-under-par overall.

Americans Sean Crocker and Julian Suri finished alongside Van Rooyen in a tie for second on seven-under.


Leading final-round scores from the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 73):

283 - Jorge Campillo (ESP) 72-71-69-71

285 - Julian Suri (USA) 71-71-72-71, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 74-69-68-74, Sean Crocker (USA) 67-74-72-72

287 - David Lipsky (USA) 71-70-74-72

288 - Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 75-69-71-73, Grant Forrest 75-70-69-74

289 - Tapio Pulkkanen (FIN) 75-74-67-73

290 - Alexander Bjork (SWE) 74-71-73-72, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 73-72-73-72, Thomas Detry (BEL) 73-76-69-72, Matthias Schwab (AUT) 70-73-74-73, Richard Sterne (RSA) 71-76-69-74

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