The Dane, almost missed tee-time when he locked himself in the bathroom on Sunday morning
Denmark’s Jeff Winther clinched his first European Tour crown with a one-shot victory at the Mallorca Open, holding his nerve in a closely-fought final round hours after accidentally locking himself in the bathroom earlier on Sunday.
Winther began the day with a two-shot lead and recorded a closing 70 to finish at 15-under overall, securing victory ahead of Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg and home favorites Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo who were in a three-way tie for second.
The Dane, who shot 62 twice on the par-70 course, almost missed tee-time when he locked himself in the bathroom on Sunday morning and had his six-year-old daughter to thank for coming to his rescue.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s not sinking in. I couldn’t have a better week. I’m overwhelmed,” said Winther, whose maiden title on the Tour came in his 129th appearance.
“After breakfast I went to have a shower and my wife came in to use the bathroom as well. The door closed, and there’s no lock, but we locked ourselves in … Our little girl Nora had to go and find guys at reception to break down the door.
“We were in there for 45 minutes I think. I thought, ‘Jeez not today, not Sunday, you’re leading the freaking event. Might not get there for your tee time.’ What a morning.”
Angles and Campillo carded 67 and 69, respectively, to finish at 14-under with Soderberg, who also finished runner-up at last week’s Andalusia Masters.
England’s Laurie Canter fired the lowest round of the day with a 64 to finish 12-under alongside Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.