After a playoff with Pole Mateusz Gradecki, Spaniard Alejandro Del Rey endorsed the Big Green Egg German Challenge, played at Wittelsbacher Golfclub, debuting his record of victories on this circuit, and with fellow Spaniard Manuel Elvira in third place, just one shot away.
Alejandro Del Rey, results
Alejandro Del Rey, a 24-year-old from Madrid who studied at the University of Arizona, succeeds Angel Hidalgo from Marbella, who also achieved his first major victory in 2021 in this tournament.
Del Rey, who last October made headlines for being the first golfer in history to achieve a card of 58 strokes in a tournament scoring for the European Tour, by signing 14 under par, in the second round of the Swiss Challenge, delivered this Sunday a card with 69 impacts (-3), for a cumulative of 271 (-17).
He had entered the field with a one-shot advantage over Gradecki, who with a 68 forced the tiebreaker. The tournament was decided in favor of the Spaniard on the second playoff hole, because after a first with both making the par 5 of the 18th, Del Rey signed a 'birdie' on the second, which the Pole did not do.
Manuel Elvira, who had also faced the last day to a blow from Del Rey, had to settle for a 69, which gives him third place alone. Borja Virto also finished in the top ten of the classification, who was eighth, seven strokes off the lead.
Have you ever closed eighteen holes in 58 strokes? I really do not think so. Alejandro Del Rey, on the other hand, did and entered the history of European golf by right. Never before the Spaniard had delivered such a low score in a match.
Alejandro Del Rey, in the second lap of the Swiss Challenge, valid for the Challenge Tour, finished at -14 thanks to three eagles and eight birdies. The competition is played at the Golf Saint Apollinaire (par 72) in Michelbach-Le-Haut, France.
A "58" had already been signed by Jim Furyk on the PGA Tour in 2016 at the Travelers Championship, recorded however on a course with par 70. And again: by Shigeki Maruyama (in a prequalification of the Us Open 2000, par 71), by Ryo Ishikawa in Japan in 2010 (on a par 70).
Then by Jason Bohn (in 2001 at the Canadian Open, on a par 71, in a Mackenzie Tour event). And again by Stephen Jager (Ellie Mae Classic in 2016, on the Korn Ferry Tour, par 70), by Kim Sheong Hyeon (Golf Partner, Japan 2021, par 70).
In Europe there is a precedent: to score it was Sebastián García Grout, in the first round of the Campeonato de España in Murcia (in 2009, par 71). On that occasion the ball was placed: therefore the score was not considered official).