Defending champion Jeff Winther remembers bathroom mishap on the way to Mallorca Golf Open win

Denmark's Jeff Winther hopes to "do some damage" as he defends his Mallorca Golf Open title, 12 months after his victory bid was almost derailed in bizarre circumstances.

Winther held a two-shot lead after 54 holes last year, but feared missing the final round after he and his wife got locked in a bathroom for 45 minutes before the couple's six-year-old daughter came to the rescue.

A closing round of 70 was then enough to give Winther a one-shot victory over Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg and home favourites Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo.

"I remember I came here on holiday with my family last year and then we got locked in my bathroom Sunday morning and then I turned out to be the winner," Winther recalled. "It was awesome.

"I tried to hang on on Sunday really. I wasn't too nervous because the nerves went away after the bathroom stuff in the morning, it was just a weird day.

"I was like a zombie; it was weird but a great day."

Winther's victory came at Santa Ponsa but this year's event will be held 12 miles away at Son Muntaner Golf Club, a 6,952-yard layout which promises to yield low scores.

"I feel great, I'm hoping to do some damage this week," Winther added. "The course looks great, the greens look phenomenal, so I think it's going to be a great week.

"I think there are a few holes that are quite tight but other than that it's hammer all day. I think the main thing this week is going to be spin control, because you've got a lot of wedges in your hand.

"It's a short course and the par fives are reachable. It will be low scoring definitely."

World number 25 Ryan Fox is the highest-ranked player in the field, with South Africa's Erik van Rooyen and last week's winner, Adrian Otaegui, the only other players in the top 100.

Otaegui's six-shot victory in the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama lifted him from outside the top 150 to 95th in the rankings.

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