Marcus Armitage endures NIGHTMARE finish as Yannik Paul wins in Mallorca

Germany's Yannik Paul claimed his maiden DP World Tour win at the Mallorca Golf Open as Marcus Armitage endured an horrific finish.

Marcus Armitage endures NIGHTMARE finish as Yannik Paul wins in Mallorca
Marcus Armitage endures NIGHTMARE finish as Yannik Paul wins in Mallorca

England's Marcus "The Bullet" Armitage endured a nightmare finish at the Mallorca Golf Open as Germany's Yannik Paul birdied the 72nd hole to dramatically claim a maiden DP World Tour victory in his rookie season. 

Armitage was searching for his second win since capturing the Porsche European Open last June. The 35-year-old memorably provided one of the most emotional interviews in the immediate aftermath of victory as he paid tribute to his mother, who died of cancer when he was just 14 years old. 

He had a chance to claim victory here at Son Muntaner Golf Club and forged a two-stroke lead heading down the stretch but made bogey at No. 16, double bogey at 17 and dropped another shot at the final hole. 

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Paul, 28, flirted with a 59 yesterday having been 9-under par after 11 holes. He made hard work of his victory on Sunday. Paul made turned in level par before making birdie at the par-5 11th. He dropped shots at 14 and 15 which made it look as though his chance was slipping away. 


But at the final hole he sent his approach with a wedge short of the pin and his golf ball spun back into the first cut of rough, giving himself a medium-length putt to claim the victory. He rattled it in the centre cup then went wild. 

England's Paul Waring and Paul's fellow countryman Nicolai Von Dellinghausen were on the range nearby getting ready for what looked like a three-way playoff having both reached 14-under par for the championship before Paul drained his putt. 

Elsewhere, Ryan Fox endured a forgettable day. He had previously shot rounds of 68, 64 and 65 and looked as though he could win for the third time in 2022. 

But he carded a 3-over 74 with a final round that included as many as five bogeys and one double bogey to finish two strokes adrift of Paul. 

Image: Getty/DP World Tour

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