Nacho Elvira Holds Off LIV Golf's Thomas Pieters To Claim Soudal Open

Elvira held off the home town favorite to pick up a second DP World Tour title and first since the 2021 Cazoo Open

Nacho Elvira chats to the media after his third round
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In a tightly contested Soudal Open, it was Nacho Elvira who broke Belgian hearts as the Spaniard fired a level-par final round 71 to pick up a second DP World Tour title and his first in three years.

Throughout the final round at Rinkven International Golf Club, we saw the lead challenged regularly throughout, as the likes of LIV Golf's Thomas Pieters and former part-time delivery driver, Joe Dean, were the nearest challengers to Elvira.

Beginning the fourth and final day, Elvira took the joint largest 54-hole lead of the season into Sunday, following rounds of 64, 64 and 67, giving him a four shot advantage going into the final 18 holes.

Out of the gate, Elvira got off to the perfect start, with an opening birdie moving him five shots clear. However, the pack soon started to chase him down and, after a wayward drive on the seventh, play was suspended in Belgium due to flooded greens.

Following the delay, the players returned and, after making bogey following his tee shot, Elvira saw his advantage standing at just one going into the back nine, as Dean made three birdies in five holes to round out his front nine.

Nacho Elvira chats to his caddie during the final round of the Soudal Open

Elvira during the final round of the Soudal Open

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Leading by one, the Spaniard soon found his one shot lead disappear briefly after a bogey at the 10th, but a birdie at the 11th kept him out front, something which he managed to maintain as the field couldn't close in on the 37-year-old.

Setting the clubhouse target of 17-under-par, Pieters had done all he could to win on home soil, with Romain Langasque and Niklas Norgaard also joining the Belgian at 17-under. However, sitting at 18-under, it was Elvira's to lose going down the 72nd hole.

Sticking his approach to 25-feet, two putts would wrap up the title and, rather comfortably, that's exactly what he did, as Elvira rolled it up next to the hole and tapped-in for a closing par.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x