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Rafa Cabrera Bello beats Shinkwin in playoff to win the Scottish Open

Irvine, July 17: Rafa Cabrera Bello beat Callum Shinkwin in a play-off to capture the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title.

The Spaniard clinched his third European Tour victory with a two-putt birdie at the first extra hole at Dundonald Links after hitting a superb approach shot into the par-five 18th from 275 yards.

Shinkwin left short a 4-foot par putt for victory on his 72nd hole to shoot a 4-under 68 in his final round and drop into a playoff with Cabrera Bello, who shot a course-record 8-under 64. Both were on 13 under par overall.

India's Anirban Lahiri finished at 32nd place with a 3 under par.  Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell had hoped a first top-10 of the season would earn him a place at Royal Birkdale next week but he carded a 72 to finish on five under in a share of 19th.

The 37-year-old world number 102 has played in the Championship every year since making his debut in 2004.

France's Matthieu Pavon secured a major debut at Birkdale with a closing 66 to finish third, with Australia's Andrew Dodt claiming the last place ahead of England's Anthony Wall by virtue of his higher world ranking.

Dodt, the world number 193, had been scheduled to fly to New York on Monday for a holiday with his wife, but finished on eight under par alongside Wall, Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar and Ryan Fox.

Three-time major winner Harrington, who shared the lead after day two, fell away with a third-round 79 but closed with a 66.

Courtesy: The European Tour 

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