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2021: Jeff Winther
What does Jeff Winther have in common with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy? Well, as of Sunday evening at Golf Santa Ponsa, Winther joined those two and many more on the list of European Tour winners thanks to his victory at the Mallorca Golf Open. More specifically though, Winther joined those two on the list of golfers to suffer comical mishaps ahead of vital tournaments.
Johnson fell down the stairs before the 2017 Masters and McIlroy messed up his alarm before the final round of the 2012 Ryder Cup. Winther experienced the sense of panic those two felt after he found himself locked in his hotel bathroom with his wife on the Sunday of the Mallorca Golf Open. “We were in there for 45 minutes I think,” said Winther after seeing out his maiden European Tour win. “I thought, ‘Jeez not today, not Sunday, you’re leading the freaking event.’”
Fortunately, Winther’s six-year-old daughter got help from reception and Winther was able to concentrate on his golf. The popular Dane started Sunday with a two-shot lead but became embroiled in a real battle for the title and ended up winning by just one stroke from Sebastian Soderberg, Jorge Campillo and Pep Angles. “It’s unbelievable, it’s not sinking in. I couldn’t have had a better week. I’m overwhelmed,” said a delighted Winther who broke his duck on his 129th European Tour start. That earned him a very tidy cheque for just over €150,000 and so we certainly hope he bought his daughter plenty of toys!