Lipsky denies Storm in Play-Off

David Lipsky earned his maiden European Tour win by beating Graeme Storm in the first hole of a play-off at the Omega European Masters.

Playing the last again, the 26 year old from Los Angeles stayed safe for a par four while overnight leader Storm was unable to recover from a wayward tee shot that missed the fairway and came to rest against a wall.

Storm, 36, whose sole European Tour triumph was in 2007 at Open de France ALSTOM, had no option but to chip out on to the fairway.

However, Lipsky, who had just 86 yards to the hole from a bunker with his second shot, took no risks by laying up short of the green.

His decision proved justified when he chipped close to the pin and, after Storm had made a five, was left with a simple putt for victory on another stunning day at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

Speaking about the play-off hole, Lipsky said: “It’s a tough tee shot anyway, but when there’s the title on the line it’s very tough.

“You have to draw your tee shot from right to left to hold it against the hill, and I thought I’d hit a great shot but it ended up going in the bunker.

“It was a tough shot out of the bunker and, with Graeme only going to make par at best, I decided not to risk going in the water. In the end it was the right play, and I’m so pleased to get the job done.”    

Storm reflected: “It’s tough to take right now. I didn’t have much time between finishing my final round and starting the play-off, so I probably wasn’t as composed as I should’ve been.

“So it was obviously disappointing, but overall it’s been an unbelievable week. There a lot of emotions flying round right now so I’ll have to reflect with a clear head in the morning, but there are definitely lots of positives to take from the week.”   

Englishman Storm, on 16 under overnight, had already overcome pressure by parring the last to stay level on 18 under with Lipsky, who went round in a five under 65.

Lipsky, playing in the penultimate group, birdied the 18th with an approach to within inches of the hole.

That left Storm, who aced the par three 11th on Saturday, needing a three for victory but he played safe to set up the play-off.

Storm and Lipsky completed their 72 regular holes one shot ahead Brooks Koepka, who was tied for the lead with Storm until a bogey on the 17th where his wayward approach plugged in a greenside bunker, and Tyrrell Hatton, the latter ending with a 65.

The round of the day was Danny Willett’s 63, which left him on 16 under alongside Tommy Fleetwood.

Remarkably, there was a second hole in one of the weekend at the 11th as France’s Romain Wattel found the hole. Storm had already won the prize of a BMW sports car but the manufacturer generously allowed Wattel to choose one of its cars from the tented village at the course to drive for a year.

Wattel, who went round in 65 to finish 13 under, said: “I saw the crowd were celebrating but I didn’t know if that was because it was close, or in the hole. Then I realised, but I didn’t know if there was a prize.

“Unfortunately it was one day too late! But I’m obviously still really pleased with it, and with my performance today.

“I played very well over the weekend; it was just a shame I took too long to get started on the first two days. But I’m still delighted.”

Lipsky nearly outdid Wattel at the 331 yard par four seventh but his three-wood from the tee came up just short of the pin.

Lipsky explained: “I actually heeled it a little bit, so I can’t pretend it was the purest strike ever. But sometimes the luck goes with you a bit, and in the end it made all the difference.”

More at : The European Tour

posted at 08 Sep 2014 00:14:53

 



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