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Campillo wins in Morocco to end long wait for European Tour triumph

Campillo wins in Morocco to end long wait for European Tour triumph
FILE PHOTO - European Tour - Irish Open - Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ballyliffin, Ireland - July 7, 2018 Spain's Jorge Campillo in action during the third round Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough   -   Copyright  CRAIG BROUGH(Reuters)
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RABAT, Morocco (Reuters) – Spain’s Jorge Campillo birdied two of his last three holes to claim a maiden success on the European Tour with a two-shot victory in the Hassan II Golf Trophy at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat on Sunday.

Campillo, who had six runner-up finishes before finally claiming a win in his 229th appearance on the tour, finished with a 71 for a total of nine under-par.

“It’s great, it’s been a long while. I was on top of my game today, so I’m proud of that,” he told reporters.

“It was tough, I had to have my A-game. I was missing shots off the tee, but I managed to recover. I’m proud of the way I finished, I finished like a champions I guess.

“It has taken me a while (to win a trophy), but it is all worth it now.”

The 32-year-old Campillo started his final round a shot off the pace but after bogeys on the second and third holes, looked to have blown his chances in a tournament that has seen birdies hard to come by.

But after clawing back those two shots, birdies on the 16th and 17th saw him push to the front and despite a nervous tee shot on the 18th that missed the fairway, he recovered for a par.

South African Erik van Rooyen was the overnight leader going into the final round but could only manage a 74 to finish tied second with Americans Julian Suri (71) and Sean Crocker 72.

(Reporting by Nick Said; editing by Ken Ferris)

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