|2022||PGA Catalunya Golf||Adri Arnaus|
2022: Adri Arnaus
Spanish golf fans may have lamented the fact that their top player was competing in Mexico but they were already very happy ahead of the Catalunya Championship after Pablo Larrazabal won the previous week in the ISPS Handa Championship. Those who were present at Infinitum Golf and made the short trip up the road to PGA Catalunya were positively delighted one week on as Adrian Arnaus made it back to back wins for Spanish players on Spanish soil.
Arnaus was made to work very hard for his victory. He did all he could to edge himself out in front during the final round of the 2022 Catalunya Championship but just couldn’t get past Oliver Bekker. With the two men locked on 11 underpar, a playoff was required and this too took an awful lot of work. Arnaus and Bekker went up the 18th hole five times but neither man was able to find a birdie and so after five straight pars they headed to the 17th hole.
Despite being one of the toughest holes of the week, Arnaus finally fashioned a birdie chance. He fluffed his lines when attempting to win in style but was handed a reprieve when Bekker couldn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker. The manner of the victory was of no concern at all to the delighted Arnaus. The Barcelona native was just thrilled that his first DP World Tour win could come not just in Spain but in Catalunya.