Nacho Elvira secures Kärnten Golf OpenMay, 2015 News & Tour
28-year old with second Challenge Tour title in a month
Nacho Elvira sealed a one stroke win in the Kärnten Golf Open to claim his second Challenge Tour title in the space of a month.
Elvira clinched victory and a cheque for €28,000 which propels him to the top of the Road to Oman Rankings.
“It’s unbelievable really, the win in Madrid obviously gave me a lot of confidence, but if anything this win is even more important,” said the Spaniard.
“It takes me to the top of the Rankings, and the goal now is to stay there or hopefully even get a third win of the season.”
The 28-year old has played just five events on the 2015 Challenge Tour Schedule, has now virtually secured a return to The European Tour.
Elvira said: “The wedge on the last has to be right up there with the most important shots of my career.
“I had the perfect distance and executed the shot exactly how I wanted to. It was the perfect end to a great week.
“I have to give great credit to the golf club, because the course was in fantastic condition despite the rain. It was nice to play in sunshine today – coming from Spain I’m not use to playing in rain, so the last two days were very tough!
“But I got through it, and I couldn’t be happier.
“The goal at the start of the season was just to get my main Tour card back, but I could never have dreamed I would get off to the start I have.
Elvira had dropped a shot at the 17th hole, with Jens Dantorp threatening to pull off an unlikely victory after he created a birdie opportunity on the last hole.
But Dantorp’s attempt from 25 feet slid past the hole and, when Elvira stiffed his approach, Dantorp knew the game was up.
He said: “It’s obviously disappointing to come so close, but I have to be really pleased with how I played this week, especially today.
“I couldn’t have done much more, other than to birdie the last. I had nothing to lose this morning, I knew I had to go for it and I got off to a great start with three birdies in a row.
“I managed to keep it going for most of the round, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough. But I’ll take a lot from this week, and hopefully I can build on it.”