Rafa Cabrera-Bello will head to Royal Birkdale this week for The Open Championship in celebratory mood, after beating Callum Shinkwin in a play-off to win the Scottish Open at Dundonald.
Cabrera-Bello has been consistently good throughout the last 12 months, but after three second places in 2016 he must have been wondering if he would ever get over the line for a third career win.
He did so courtesy of a wonderful second shot at the first extra hole, after a blistering final round of 64 saw him tie with Shinkwin three shots clear of the rest of the field. His victory landed odds of 28/1 and followed on from another Spanish success at last week’s Irish Open – where Jon Rahm took the title at Royal Portstewart.
Cabrera-Bello’s Open odds have been cut from 100/1 to a best of 80/1 with Betfred and may yet fall further – he will be hoping to follow the example of Phil Mickelson, who won both the Scottish Open and The Open in 2013. His compatriot Rahm is at 16/1 with Sky Bet – who are offering 10 places for each way bets at Royal Birkdale.