Lipsky beats Storm at European Masters
American David Lipsky has opened his European Tour account with a playoff victory over overnight leader Graeme Storm at the European Masters in Crans-Montana.
Lying fourth, three shots off Storm after the third round, Lipsky parred the first sudden death hole, with Storm making a five after his wayward tee shot ended up nestling against a wall.
The pair had both ended the regulation 72 holes with an 18-under par total of 262.
Storm, who won a BMW for a hole in one 24 hours earlier, had kept his cool to par the 18th hole and remain level 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.
The 26-year-old Lipsky was only the second American to win the Swiss event after Craig Stadler back in 1985.
Storm and Lipsky were one shot ahead of Brooks Koepka, who was tied for the lead with Storm until a bogey on the 17th where his approach plugged in a greenside bunker, and Tyrrell Hatton, who ended with a 65.
Richard Green was the best-placed Australian, ending the tournament at 12 under after carding a final-round 66 to finish 12th, while compatriot Brett Rumford was a further stroke back after closing with a superb round of 64.
France’s Romain Wattel drove off in a new car after matching Storm’s hole-in-one feat of the day before.
But unlike Storm who gets to keep his, Wattel only has the use of his BMW for a year, before having to return it.
“Unfortunately it was one day too late!” said Wattel.
“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.”