Keeping Score

American John Catlin wins 1st title on European Tour

Despite 4-over 75 in final round, Catlin posts 1-stroke victory in Andalucia Masters at Valderrama in Spain

1: Number of victories on the European Tour for American John Catlin, who won the Andalucia Masters on Sunday in Sotogrande, Spain. Catlin shot 4-over 75 in the final round at Valderrama Golf Club for a 2-over 286 total and one-stroke victory against playing competitor Martin Kaymer, who bogeyed the last hole to shoot 74. Valderrama, the site of Europe’s victory in the 1997 Ryder Cup, played difficult all week, with no score better than the final-round 67 that propelled England’s Lee Westwood into a tie for 10th. Catlin, 29, grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and played college golf at New Mexico. In 2018, he posted a breakthrough season on the Asian Tour, winning three times to earn the tour’s player-of-the-year honor and status on the European Tour. He won again on the Asian Tour in November at the Thailand Open for his fourth victory on that circuit in 18 months. Last month, he attracted attention not so much for his golf but for his off-the-course exploits. Catlin was forced to withdraw from the English Championship after he and his caddie were found to have violated the tour’s COVID-19 protocols by visiting a restaurant outside of the tournament bubble before play started (scores).

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