America's David Lipsky Wins European Masters

David Lipsky earned the playoff by shooting 65 in the final round, keyed by an approach to the 18th that left a tap-in for birdie.

Updated: September 07, 2014 23:36 IST
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American golfer David Lipsky poses with the European Masters trophy.

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American David Lipsky won the European Masters in a playoff on Sunday, getting an unorthodox par 4 on the first extra hole to beat Graeme Storm of England. (Anirban Lahiri saves his best for the last day at European Masters)

Lipsky took a difficult route to the 18th hole, via a fairway bunker and thick rough short of the green, before sinking a 2-foot putt. The 26-year-old from Los Angeles earned a career-best 383,330 pounds ($497,000) payday for his second victory.

"It feels great," said Lipsky. "I've played well the last couple of weeks and to put it all together is really something special."

Storm, the overnight leader, sliced his tee shot wide right and made a bogey-5.

Lipsky earned the playoff by shooting 65 in the final round, keyed by an approach to the 18th that left a tap-in for birdie.

Storm missed a 30-foot putt for victory on the final hole and carded 68. Both had 18-under totals of 262 on the 6,848-yard (6,262-meter) Severiano Ballesteros course in the sunbathed Swiss Alps.

Another American, Brooks Koepka, and Tyrrell Hatton of England tied for third trailing by one shot after shooting 67 and 65, respectively.

Koepka shared the lead until making bogey-5 at the 17th, after his tee shot found a bunker.

Lipsky opted to play on the Asian Tour after graduating from Northwestern University and now tops its money list with this victory.

"It has really developed me as a player," Lipsky said of the Asian circuit, which co-sanctions the European Masters. "Now, with European Tour status, I'll have to think about different scheduling."

On another low-scoring day in the thin mountain air, a 67 from European Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson of Wales was only enough to place seventh, three shots back.

The other two members of Europe's team to face the United States at Gleneagles, Scotland, were never in contention Sunday. Victor Dubuisson of France shot 72 to finish 10 shots back, and defending champion Thomas Bjorn of Denmark had a 68 to be 12 shots out.

Frenchman Romain Wattel had a hole-in-one at the 11th, one day after Storm claimed the $186,000 hybrid sports car on offer there.

Storm, seeking his first victory since 2007, stayed in front alone until the seventh hole. He was briefly caught in a three-way tie at 17 under with Lipsky - who made eagle-2 at the seventh - and Tommy Fleetwood, playing in the final group with Storm and Koepka.

Lipsky quickly three-putted on the par-3 eighth, minutes before Storm barely missed a hole-in-one there. Storm's birdie, and Fleetwood's bogey, restored his two-shot lead.

Koepka then made his move, easily making birdie at the 633-yard (579-meter) ninth.

The 24-year-old American picked up another shot on the 10th, taking the lead on 18 under as Storm made bogey-5.

When Koepka dropped a shot at the 15th, a four-way tie for the lead included Storm, Lipsky and Hatton, who had made five birdies in a bogey-free round.

Koepka and Storm then made birdie-4s at the 16th to stay locked at 18 under, but the American faltered at the 17th.

After Lipsky's exceptional birdie on the last, Storm sank a 3-foot par putt to force the playoff.

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