Callum Shinkwin Cruises To Cazoo Open Title

Starting on the final day of the Cazoo Open, it was set for a tense 18 holes, with Callum Shinkwin holding a one-shot lead over Frenchman Julien Guerrier, who was still seeking a maiden DP World Tour title.

What happened was a tight opening of a few holes, with Shinkwin’s lead evaporating on the top two. However, just three holes later, the Englishman remarkably found himself five strokes ahead as Shinkwin’s birdies were maximized by Guerrier making a trio of bogeys!

Despite bogeys in the seventh and eighth, Shinkwin birdied his fourth of the day in the ninth, as his opening nine at one under par gave him a five-shot lead with just nine to play.

Shinkwin was heading for the title, especially when a birdie in the 11th extended that advantage to six shots. No one was getting close to him and, after bogeying on the 13th, he nearly missed on the 15th as he held a six-shot lead with three to go.

A two-shot swing occurred on the 16th, as nearest rival Connor Syme birdied the treacherous par-4 while Shinkwin bogeyed. There was also another possibility of a two-hit swing to the next, as Shinkwin’s second shot from a bunker ended 12 feet from the flagstick.

Luckily for the Englishman he was able to punch the par putt, especially as Syme ended up punching his birdie putt to cut the deficit to three before the last. After finding the green in three and with Syme bogeying, Shinkwin made two safe putts for par and a four-stroke win.

Shinkwin and Syme shake hands

Syme finished four strokes behind Shinkwin as the Scot secured his second career DP World Tour runner-up

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Speaking after his turn, an emotional Shinkwin revealed his grandmother died just three weeks before today’s win. “I played well today and this golf course is a heavyweight golf course and as long as I did what I had to do unless someone got through the pack which I knew wouldn’t happen because the course was playing too hard, so it would work.

“Connor came out of nowhere today. He was at six or seven and then made a few birdies. He got it close to 17 and I haven’t played well all week. So to punch that putt and securing a three-shot lead last was huge.”

Michael C. Ford