A month after bubble gaffe, John Catlin tops Martin Kaymer to win at Valderrama

Roughly a month after he was removed from the European Tour for breaching COVID-19 protocols, former University of New Mexico star John Catlin has something to celebrate.

Catlin outlasted Martin Kaymer down the stretch to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.

Kaymer finished with a bogey on the final hole, barely missing an effort from off the green, and Catlin tapped in for par to take the title.

In early August, Catlin and his caddie Nathan Mulrooney were removed from the English Championship after the pair dined a local restaurant outside the tournament bubble, “hence compromising the Tour’s health guidelines, and were withdrawn from the tournament with immediate effect as a result.”

The Sacramento, California, native had previously won four times on the Asian Tour, but never on the Euro Tour. In difficult conditions, Catlin finished with a 75 on Sunday to win the event at 2-over-par. Kaymer was stroke behind while Antoine Rozner, Wil Besseling and Justin Harding were all two off the top spot.

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