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David Lipsky wins the Omega European Masters

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David Lipsky overcame Graeme Storm in a play-off hole to claim the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

The American forced the play-off when he produced a birdie on the final hole to take the clubhouse lead on 18-under par. When Storm approached the 18th, he knew a birdie would seal victory but could only manage a par to force extra holes.

But it only needed one extra hole as Storm's drive, as they played the 18th again, went right and finished against a wall. He needed to chip back out onto the fairway as Lipsky knew he had been given a brilliant opportunity for victory.

However, Lipsky's drive had found the bunker and when he attempted to lay up short of the green, he put his ball in thick rough left of the putting surface.

Wonderful chip

It seemed that the 26-year old had surrendered his advantage but a wonderful chip to just a few feet away from the hole left Storm needing to get up and down from the fairway. It was too much to ask for the Englishman and Lipsky had the easy task to tap home to seal his win.

The win represented Lipsky's first on the European Tour and is glad that his hard work has eventually paid off.

Spectacular

"It feels spectacular. I've put in a lot of hard work and have been playing well the last couple of weeks and to put it all together this week is very special to me," he said.

Lipsky also explained his decision to lay-up on the play-off hole rather than going for the green.

"I was just debating in my head the worst-case possibilities and scenarios.

"It was a tough shot to get it on the green from there and I had enough faith in my short game to lay it up and try and get up and down. It ended up working out."

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But Storm can't feel to disappointed with his week in Switzerland. During his third round he won a BMW i8 after his hole-in-one on the 11th hole and his performance over the four days has secured his European Tour card for next year.

Hole-in-one

Incidentally, Romain Wattel also achieved a hole-in-one on the 11th hole during his final round but, with Storm already claiming the £100,000 car, he won nothing for it.

Brooks Koepka had been tied for the lead with Storm going into the final couple of holes but a bogey on the 17th dented the American's hopes.

Koepka eventually finished join third alongside England's Tyrrell Hatton while Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood were a shot further back in fifth.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson will make his Ryder Cup debut this month at Gleneagles but had to settle for sixth place. He finished on 15-under par after successive bogeys on the front nine during his final round halted his progress.

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