OBERWALTERSDORF, Austria – Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot a course-record 11-under 60 on Sunday to win his first European Tour title by one stroke over Benn Barham at the Austrian Open.
Cabrera-Bello was in seventh place overnight, trailing leader Barham by eight strokes. He overtook the Englishman with 11 birdies to finish at 20-under 264.
Cabrera-Bello missed an eagle putt on No. 18 that would have given him a European Tour record 59 that would have matched the best score ever on the PGA Tour.
“It’s just amazing. I played the best golf of my life and I can’t believe it,” said Cabrera-Bello, who had never been under 64 on the European Tour. “I was so far back I wasn’t thinking about winning. I just tried to play one shot at a time.”
Barham bogeyed the par-4 third in a 2-under 69. Soren Hansen of Denmark was two strokes back, placing third for the second straight week.
The 25-year-old Cabrera-Bello lost his place on the European Tour in 2007, but returned from the Challenge Tour this season.
It was his fifth top-10 finish this year and he will rise from 74th to 46th in The Race to Dubai standings.
Cabrera-Bello drew even with Barham after the Englishman failed to make a birdie on the first 10 holes.
Barham, who had led the competition from the opening day, dropped two behind before sinking a 12-footer on the 16th. But a drive into the rough at the 18th was the decisive stroke.