Made the halfway cut in his first major championship start at June’s US Open and two weeks later captured one of the three Royal Portrush spots on offer at the Estrella Damm NA Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, part of The Open Qualifying Series.
The former Spanish amateur champion was part of a five-way tie for second behind runaway winner Christiaan Bezuidenhout, but joined the South African and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera in earning trips to Northern Ireland because Jon Rahm was already exempt and Arnaus’s world ranking at the time – 154th – was higher than those of two more compatriots Alvaro Quiros and Eduardo de la Riva, who also finished four under par.
Came second on last season’s European Challenge Tour, winning the Grand Final in the United Arab Emirates with four rounds in the 60s. His reward was not only promotion to the main circuit, but also a new puppy after his father Quim promised him one if he won in his first Challenge Tour campaign. He named it Khaimah after the course where he triumphed. In March was a joint runner-up at the Kenya Open, finishing only one stroke behind Italian Guido Migliozzi.