The Englishman closes birdie, eagle and birdies the 1st playoff hole to nip Finland’s Kalle Samooja for his 1st European Tour title
4: Number of strokes under par that England’s Callum Shinkwin played his final three holes en route to victory Sunday at the European Tour’s inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open in Paphos, Cyprus. Shinkwin finished birdie, eagle on the final two holes in regulation play at Aphrodite Hills Resort to shoot a bogey-free 8-under 63 and pull even with Finland’s Kalle Samooja, who closed with 64, at 20-under 264, forcing a playoff. Upon their return to the par-5 18th hole, Shinkwin got up and down from a greenside bunker for birdie to win his first title on the European Tour. Moments earlier, Shinkwin holed a 54-foot eagle putt to grab a share of the lead. He earned €162,563 (about $190,000) from the €1 million (about $1.17 million) purse. Shinkwin, 27, in his fifth season on the European Tour, is a former English Amateur champion who represented Great Britain & Ireland in the 2013 Walker Cup matches against the U.S. The Cyprus Open event was the first of two consecutive weeks for the European Tour at the resort on the southwestern tip of the Mediterranean island (scores).
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