Nacho Elvira secures Kärnten Golf Open

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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. 

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“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. 

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“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.

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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.”   

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