Raphael Jacquelin had to sink a putt on 18th hole of the Parador de El Saler course 10 times on Sunday before finally being crowned the winner of the Spanish Open.
That 10th putt, a five-footer for birdie, finally ended a record-tying nine-hole playoff with Germany's Maximilian Kieffer to give the French golfer his fourth European Tour victory and his first in over two years.
Jacquelin's two-hour battle with Kieffer had started as a three-way playoff with Chile's Felipe Aguilar, who lasted two rounds before bowing out.
The three players were tied at 5-under 283, with Jacquelin and Kieffer both carding a 1-under 71 in the final round while Aguilar finished with a 70.
''That is very tiring but I am really, really happy,'' Jacquelin said. ''I could not make any putts (in the playoff) but the last one dropped, which means a lot for me and my family.''
The only other European Tour event to be decided by a nine-hole playoff was the 1989 Dutch Open, when Jose Maria Olazabal, who guide...