Denmark’s Jeff Winther started his first European Tour crown with a victory on a shot at the Mallorca Open and kept his nerve in a close battle last round hours after an accident having locked himself in the bathroom earlier Sunday.
Winther started the day with a two-shot lead and recorded a final 70 to finish at 15-under overall, securing victory ahead of Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg and home favorites Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo, who were in a three-way tie for second.
The Dane, who shot 62 twice on the par-70 course, almost missed tee time when he locked himself in the bathroom on Sunday morning and had his six-year-old daughter thanked for coming to the rescue.
“It’s incredible, it’s not sinking in. I could not have had a better week. I’m overwhelmed,” said Winther, whose maiden title on the Tour came in his 129th appearance.
“After breakfast I took a shower and my wife also came in to use the bathroom. The door closed and there is no lock, but we locked ourselves inside … Our little girl Nora had to go and find guys at the front desk to break the door down.
“We were in there for 45 minutes I think. I thought, ‘Yep not today, not Sunday, you’re leading the crazy event. You might not get there in your start time.’ What a morning. “
Angles and Campillo voted 67 and 69, respectively, to finish 14-under with Soderberg, who also finished second at last week’s Andalusia Masters.
England’s Laurie Canter fired the lowest round of the day with a 64 to finish 12 under along with Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.