Raphael Jacquelin claimed his fourth European Tour title at the Open de Espana after coming through a record-equalling play-off with Felipe Aguilar and Maximilian Kieffer at Parador de El Saler in Valencia.

The trio finished 72 holes on five-under-par after a day of tough scoring in south-west Spain.

Marc Warren, who held the 54-hole lead on eight-under-par, three putted the 17th and 18th to miss out on the play-off by one shot.

As such, Aguilar, Jacquelin and Kieffer – who shot 70, 71 and 71 respectively – headed back down the 18th.

They all made pars twice before Kieffer holed a 30-footer at the third time of asking to extend the play-off after Jacquelin tapped in for an easy birdie.

The Frenchman and the German exchanged a further five pars before heading back to the 18th tee for the 10th time of the day.

Seizing the tournament by the scruff of the neck, Jacquelin knocked a wedge to five feet and holed the putt to claim his first European Tour title since the 2011 Sicilian Open.

“That was very tiring but I am really, really happy,” he said.

“I could not make any putts in the play-off but the last one dropped, which meant a lot for me and my family.

“There’s another baby coming at the end of November. Every time I get a baby, there’s a win. I’ll have a football team after a few years!”

Open de Espana
Parador de El Saler, Valencia
April 18-21, purse €2,500,000, par 72

1) Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 73 66 73 71 = 283 €250,000
T2) Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 68 71 74 70 = 283 €130,280
T2) Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 75 68 69 71 = 283 €130,280
T4) Magnus A Carlsson (SWE) 70 75 68 71 = 284 €59,025
T4) David Horsey (ENG) 71 74 66 73 = 284 €59,025
T4) Paul Waring (ENG) 71 71 69 71 = 284 €59,025
T4) Marc Warren (SCO) 70 70 68 76 = 284 €59,025
T8) Mateo Delpodido (ITA) 73 69 73 70 = 285 €32,175
T8) Espen Kofstad (NOR) 71 72 70 72 = 285 €32,175
T8) Eddie Pepperell (ENG) 70 70 73 72 = 285 €32,175
T8) Peter Uihlein (USA) 70 68 74 73 = 285 €32,175

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