Campillo claims Magical Kenya Open crown

Jorge Campillo claimed his third DP World Tour title as he won the Magical Kenya Open presented by absa by two strokes.

The Spaniard was seeking his first victory since the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, almost three years ago to the day, but showed no sign of nerves as he carded four birdies on the front nine at Muthaiga Golf Club.

In spite of a bogey on the par three 11th, cancelling out his fifth birdie of the day on the tenth hole, the 36-year-old held a three-stroke lead on the 18th tee. Campillo finished with a par to sign for a five under par round of 66 and an 18 under par total, two strokes clear of Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura.

Campillo added his name to the trophy alongside his compatriot, the late, great Severiano Ballesteros, who won the tournament in 1978.

“It’s nice to win three tournaments,” he said.

“I remember coming here on the Challenge Tour, my second Challenge Tour event in 2011 I played this golf course. I never dreamed I would come back here and win my third golf tournament on the DP World Tour, it’s such a nice feeling.

“It’s hard to put my name with those names (Woosnam, Immelman, Ballesteros). With where I’m from, the little town I’m from. I’m very proud. It’s always nice to win a golf tournament, but if you have a name on the trophy with Seve it’s more special for a Spaniard.”

Kawamura recorded his best finish of the season as he finished runner-up on 16 under par. Spain’s Santiago Tarrio and Ryo Hisatsune shared third on 15 under.

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