Jacquelin Wins Golf’s Open de Espana After Marathon Playoff

Golfer Raphael Jacquelin
Golfer Raphael Jacquelin of France poses with the trophy after winning the Open de Espana in Valencia, Spain. Photographer: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

April 21 (Bloomberg) -- France’s Raphael Jacquelin won a marathon three-way playoff to clinch victory in golf’s Open de Espana today.

Jacquelin, Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and Felipe Aguilar of Chile finished the regulation 72 holes on 283, 5-under par at Parador de El Saler.

The sudden-death playoff then lasted until the ninth extra hole, matching a European Tour record dating from the 1989 Dutch Open. Jacquelin finally won with a birdie.

It was Jacquelin’s first win on the tour for just over two years, and he picked up a check for 250,000 euros ($327,000).

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