DP, the Spanish Elvira wins the Soudal Open

Nacho Elvira clinched his second career victory on the DP World Tour at the Soudal Open in Antwerp, Belgium

by Andrea Gussoni
DP, the Spanish Elvira wins the Soudal Open
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Nacho Elvira clinched his second career victory on the DP World Tour at the Soudal Open in Antwerp, Belgium, with a total of 266 (64 64 67 71, -18) strokes. Leading from the second round, the 37-year-old from Madrid held off the charge from Thomas Pieters, who finished 2nd with 267 (-17), alongside Danish player Niklas Norgaard and Frenchman Romain Langasque.

Pieters, a favorite among the home crowd, transitioned from the 2023 season to the LIV Golf, the Arab Super League of golf, and narrowly missed victory on the Rinkven International GC course (par 71).

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In the first tournament of the European Swing, Matteo Manassero continued his solid performance.

The top-ranked Italian in both the world rankings and the tournament, he came close to the Top 10, finishing 13th with 271 (68 68 67 68, -13) strokes. For the Venetian, who edged closer to securing a spot in the Paris Olympics, it was a round with a total of 16 birdies and only three bogeys over 72 holes.

Behind him were Guido Migliozzi and Andrea Pavan, both tied for 24th with 274 (-10). Migliozzi had some regrets as he dropped 24 positions in the final 18 holes, contrasting with the 24 gained by Pavan. Meanwhile, Edoardo Molinari, finishing 41st with 276 (-8), ended on a high note, surpassing Francesco Laporta and Filippo Celli by one stroke, with both tied for 48th place with 277 (-7).

Elvira's victory at the Soudal Open, following his win at the Cazoo Open in Wales in 2021, earned him $382,500 out of a total prize pool of $2,500,000. Now, the DP World Tour moves to Hamburg, Germany, for the European Open from May 30 to June 2.

Nacho Elvira's journey in professional golf has been characterized by ups and downs, with notable achievements and setbacks shaping his career. After competing on the Challenge Tour in 2012 and 2013, Elvira's performance improved significantly, finishing 104th and then 14th respectively.

His breakthrough came in 2013 when he secured his first title at The Foshan Open in China, propelling him to 14th place in the Order of Merit and earning him a spot on the 2014 European Tour. However, Elvira's success on the European Tour was short-lived, as he finished the 2014 season disappointingly in 121st place.

He then returned to the Challenge Tour in 2015, where he showcased his resilience by winning three times, earning himself an immediate promotion back to the European Tour. Since 2016, Elvira has been a consistent presence on the European Tour, with several close calls including playoff losses at the 2016 Trophée Hassan II and the 2019 Maybank Championship.

Despite these setbacks, his determination and skill were evident, particularly in the latter event where he battled adverse weather conditions to force a playoff. In July 2021, Elvira finally clinched his first European Tour victory at the Cazoo Open, triumphing over Justin Harding in a playoff.

This milestone achievement marked a significant moment in his career, showcasing his growth and resilience in the face of challenges. Elvira's ascent in the world rankings has also been notable, reaching a career-best 126th position in the Official World Golf Ranking in February 2017. This achievement reflects his consistent performances and growing reputation on the international stage.

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