Jeff Winther experiences escape room drama before winning Mallorca Golf Open

The Dane nearly missed final round due to a chaotic hotel bathroom drama.

The Dane Jeff Winther won his first European Tour title at the Mallorca Golf Open and then revealed that he had feared missing the final round after getting locked in a bathroom.

Escape rooms are, of course, now very popular, but maybe not ahead of the most important days of your career.

Eventually a closing level-par 70 at Santa Ponsa was enough to earn Winther a one-shot victory over Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg and home favourites Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo.

However, it could have been a very different - and rather embarrassing - story if Winther's six-year-old daughter had not come to the rescue.

"After breakfast I went to have a shower and my wife came in to use the bathroom as well," Winther said.

"The door closed (and) we locked ourselves in. The handle didn't work. Our little girl Nora, six years old, had to go and find guys at reception to break down the door.

"We were in there for 45 minutes I think. I thought, jeez not today, not Sunday, you're leading the freaking event. Might not get there for your tee time. What a morning."

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Winther had taken a two-shot lead into the final round following his second 62 of the week on Saturday, but despite saving par on the third with a left-handed shot from the base of a tree, his advantage was quickly erased.

Soderberg birdied the second, third and seventh to join Winther at the top of the leaderboard before the 33-year-old Dane made what would be his only birdie of the day on the 10th to reclaim the lead.

A birdie on the 11th saw Soderberg draw alongside his playing partner once more.

Down the stretch, it was the Dane who prevailed.

Soderberg, who made a mess of the 17th hole last week at Valderrama when leading by two, three-putted the 13th and then failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 15th.

Winther suddenly had an edge and could even drop his only shot of the weekend on the 18th before celebrating with his wife and children on the green.

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"I don't know what to say right now," he said. "I'm very pleased to see both of my kids here and my friends. It's fantastic. I'm overwhelmed.

"I don't know how we're going to celebrate. We've got a flight home (on Monday) at 10 but tonight's going to be great I think."

Winther became the third different Dane to win on the European Tour this season, following the Hojgaard brothers Rasmus and Nicolai.

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