Catalan Open 2017
Enric Sanz wins by two strokes...
Enric Sanz was second in the event on the last occasion it was played at Sant Cebria. That was back in 2010 but Sanz made no mistake today to win the Catalan Open title for the first time. One shot clear on -9 after Saturday's 36 holes, Enric Sanz returned a three under par 51 in Sunday's final round. That left him two strokes ahead of fellow Catalan Angel Navarro who scored 52 on Sunday.
Three players tied on 153. Amador Rodriguez (Catalonia) finished alongside fellow Catalan Rafael Ramos. Both shot 48 on Sunday for their nine under par 54 hole totals but Ramos took third on the tiebreaker. 2014 Catalan Open winner Jordi Saborit shot a 50 last eighteen to also finish on 153. Best non Catalan was former champion Liam O'Donovan (Ireland) who returned a final round 52 to end up tied with first round leader Marçal More.
Amador Rodriguez's 153 aggregate gave him a four stroke winning margin in the Senior (Over 55s) event. Overnight seniors leader John Evans carded a 54 on Sunday to finish five under overall, four ahead of Juan Marti (Catalonia).
A brilliant final round 51 saw Gloria Ruiz (Catalonia) vault up into top spot in the Ladies Open. Gloria totalled 164 for the three rounds finished a shot clear of Abby Nachson (Catalonia). Abby's fellow overnight leader Isabel Cano was third on 171.
Full scores here
Enric Sanz scored 9 under par 99 for 36 holes on Saturday and took a one stroke lead into Sunday's final round. The former three-time Andorra Open champion carded rounds of 49 and 50. Second was Sanz's fellow Catalan Angel Navarro who was rock solid with successive rounds of 50. Joint third on seven under were Sergi Andres (Catalonia) and Marcos Gomez (Galicia) with Catalonia's Marçal More. More led after the first round on 7 under par 47. The former three time winner added a 54 second round for his 101 total. On 102 was Ireland's Liam O'Donovan, the victor in 2013 and in 2015. Next were Tommy Hanley (Ireland), Jordi Saborit, John Evans and Jordi Serra (Catalonia), tied on 103.
John Evans' 103 left the Catalan one clear overnight in the Over 55s event. Ireland's Weeshie Murphy was next best on 104. The Ladies Open looked like being a straightforward shootout between the Catalans Isabel Cano and Abby Nachson. The pair were tied on even par, five strokes clear of the rest.
Sunday tee times here
Sant Cebria previously hosted the 2010 Catalan Open, which was won by Marc Garcia.
A pre-qualifying tournament for non-exempt Catalan players was held on 7/9 April. Results here