Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open R4

Shinkwin claims maiden title after play-off victory

October 29 – November 01
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Cyprus Open 2020 R4 - Shinkwin claims maiden title after play-off victory
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Callum Shinkwin defeated Kalle Samooja in a play-off to win his first European Tour title after a dramatic final day at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open.


“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do (win on the European Tour), and now I have. It’s been a bit of a shock, but it feels great.”

The Englishman was two shots behind the Finn as he stood on the17th tee in regulation and while a birdie there edged him closer, his chances of victory looked slim when he found rough off the tee at the par five last.



His second shot over the water took him to the edge of the putting surface and he holed an incredible 54-foot putt for eagle to take a one shot lead at 20 under par after a closing course-record 63.

Samooja left himself an eagle chance from almost exactly the same spot but a two-putt birdie meant it was extra holes at Aphrodite Hills Resort.


Shinkwin found the greenside bunker with his second shot at the first trip back up the last but got up and down for a birdie, with Samooja’s three putt from the fringe sealing Shinkwin’s first win in his 112th European Tour event.

“I felt relaxed all day, I felt great to be fair. 15 and 16 were playing me up all week. I was more nervous playing those two holes just to get through them than in the play-off or on the 18th. I managed to get through them really well and I felt great. 

“I’ve had to trust myself more than anything. I had to make a few changes and obviously it’s worked out for the best. Dug deep in 2019 and got my card back, and this year obviously with what has gone on, I’m happy to win. 



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The victory heralds a return to form for the 27-year-old, who lost his card in 2018 after coming close to becoming a Rolex Series winner the previous season, missing out in a play-off to to Rafa Cabrera Bello at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open when a par on the 72nd hole would have handed him the title.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, South African Garrick Higgo and Scot Robert MacIntyre finished two shots out of the play-off places on 18 under par, one clear of Australian Jason Scrivener, Finn Sami Välimäki and England’s Dale Whitnell.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Callum Shinkwin
-20
67
66
68
63
264
2
Kalle Samooja
-20
70
66
64
64
264
T3
Jamie Donaldson
-18
65
65
69
67
266
T3
Garrick Higgo
-18
68
66
67
65
266
T3
Robert MacIntyre
-18
68
67
66
65
266
T6
Jason Scrivener
-17
70
66
67
64
267
T6
Sami Välimäki
-17
65
67
68
67
267
T6
Dale Whitnell
-17
68
68
66
65
267
9
Adrien Saddier
-16
67
69
66
66
268
T10
Thomas Detry
-15
66
67
67
69
269
T10
David Drysdale
-15
65
67
68
69
269
T12
Marcus Armitage
-14
66
64
70
70
270
T12
Matthew Jordan
-14
69
67
68
66
270
T14
Aaron Cockerill
-13
69
66
70
66
271
T14
Shubhankar Sharma
-13
67
66
69
69
271
T14
Jeff Winther
-13
68
68
65
70
271
T17
Wil Besseling
-12
67
67
72
66
272
T17
Maximilian Kieffer
-12
69
67
68
68
272
T17
Mikko Korhonen
-12
68
70
66
68
272
T17
Matthew Southgate
-12
68
69
71
64
272
T21
Dave Coupland
-11
69
68
70
66
273
T21
Gregory Havret
-11
69
69
68
67
273
T21
Antoine Rozner
-11
71
66
70
66
273
T21
Matthias Schwab
-11
67
67
68
71
273
T21
Jordan Smith
-11
67
66
68
72
273
T21
Julian Suri
-11
70
65
73
65
273
T21
Paul Waring
-11
68
69
69
67
273
T28
Sebastian Heisele
-10
68
68
68
70
274
T28
Romain Langasque
-10
70
69
67
68
274
T28
James Morrison
-10
68
69
66
71
274
T28
Thorbjørn Olesen
-10
69
69
65
71
274
T28
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-10
69
67
70
68
274
T28
Cormac Sharvin
-10
69
67
72
66
274
T34
Alexander Björk
-9
69
69
69
68
275
T34
Alejandro Cañizares
-9
70
66
71
68
275
T34
Louis De Jager
-9
68
68
70
69
275
T34
Masahiro Kawamura
-9
69
67
73
66
275
T34
Ricardo Santos
-9
69
69
71
66
275
T34
Johannes Veerman
-9
64
69
70
72
275
T34
Mitch Waite
-9
64
70
71
70
275
T41
Maverick Antcliff
-8
69
69
71
67
276
T41
Laurie Canter
-8
67
72
72
65
276
T41
Lorenzo Gagli
-8
66
69
72
69
276
T41
Benjamin Hebert
-8
69
64
75
68
276
T41
Calum Hill
-8
69
69
70
68
276
T41
Joakim Lagergren
-8
72
67
71
66
276
T41
Clement Sordet
-8
66
68
70
72
276
T41
Joël Stalter
-8
65
71
68
72
276
T49
Grant Forrest
-7
69
69
71
68
277
T49
Richard McEvoy
-7
66
66
77
68
277
T49
Matthieu Pavon
-7
71
68
68
70
277
T49
Scott Vincent
-7
68
68
70
71
277
T53
Jorge Campillo
-6
69
68
71
70
278
T53
Pedro Figueiredo
-6
66
72
70
70
278
T53
Joost Luiten
-6
70
68
71
69
278
T53
Wilco Nienaber
-6
68
67
79
64
278
T53
Alvaro Quiros
-6
68
70
73
67
278
T58
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-5
66
70
74
69
279
T58
David Horsey
-5
66
69
70
74
279
T58
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
69
70
69
71
279
T58
Joel Sjoholm
-5
69
69
71
70
279
T58
Andy Sullivan
-5
65
69
69
76
279
T63
Yikeun Chang
-4
73
65
69
73
280
T63
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
69
69
71
71
280
65
Ashun Wu
-3
68
71
72
70
281
T66
Nicolas Colsaerts
-1
69
70
73
71
283
T66
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-1
69
68
69
77
283
T68
Carlos Pigem
3
69
70
74
74
287
T68
Haydn Porteous
3
69
68
74
76
287
CUT
Richard Bland
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Steven Brown
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Bryce Easton
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Will Enefer
-2
66
74
140
CUT
Oliver Farr
-2
66
74
140
CUT
Jack Harrison
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Sam Horsfield
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Niklas Lemke
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Alexander Levy
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Adrian Meronk
-2
75
65
140
CUT
Damien Perrier
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Ben Stow
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Oliver Wilson
-2
67
73
140
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
69
72
141
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Toby Tree
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
E
70
72
142
CUT
Garrick Porteous
E
70
72
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
E
73
69
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
E
72
70
142
CUT
Robin Roussel
E
69
73
142
CUT
Michael Campbell
1
70
73
143
CUT
Sean Crocker
1
75
68
143
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
69
74
143
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
1
75
68
143
CUT
David Howell
1
71
72
143
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
1
70
73
143
CUT
Ross Fisher
2
74
70
144
CUT
Jack Senior
2
67
77
144
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
3
78
67
145
CUT
Connor Syme
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lars van Meijel
3
76
69
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
4
73
73
146
CUT
Haotong Li
6
75
73
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
6
71
77
148