Horsey grabs victory from jaws of defeat

DAVID Horsey sensationally forced and won a play-off with Damien McGrane to take the M2M Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club.

TROPHY GLITTER: David Horsey celebrates his victory

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: David Horsey celebrates his brilliant victory 

The Styal man  had been around the top of the leaderboard for much of the week and was in front when a double bogey at the 12th looked to have cost him victory.

That seemed more likely when McGrane made three straight birdies from the 15th to move clear in front. However, a bogey at the last, his only dropped shot on Sunday, combined with Horsey chipping in for eagle at the 17th gave the Englishman another chance.

Horsey duly made par on the 18th to end on 13 under and make the Irishman play the final hole again with him.

Another par four was enough to give him a third European Tour triumph as McGrane was unable to recover from hitting his second shot into a bunker behind the green.

Horsey’s previous wins came in the 2010 BMW International Open and 2011 Trophée Hassan II, and he showed his mettle to deprive McGrane a second European Tour victory.

It was hard on McGrane, whose win at the 2008 Volvo China Open was one of 31 top ten finishes during over a decade on the Tour.

For Horsey, ranked 198th going into this tournament, it continues an impressive 2014 that has seen five top ten finishes from 16 events.

Horsey said: “I knew the chip on 17 had to go in. I knew by that point that I was three behind so I needed it to go in. This is a very special win.”

Speaking of earlier in his round, he added: “I had no idea how well Damien was playing because I wasn’t looking at boards all day. In hindsight that’s probably a mistake I’ll look to correct next time, but I was just trying to stick to my own game and stay focused on myself.

“I didn’t play that great today – it was a bit scrappy and I wasn’t holing the putts – but I managed to get the job done in the end.”

Horsey also said: “I’m relieved really – that’s the word that sums it up. It was quite similar to my last win, in Morocco, where I made a bit of a mess of a couple of holes on the back nine.

“I didn’t know where I was in the tournament until the 17th. I hit it through the back of the green there and then realised I was three behind and needed to do something drastic quite quickly.

“I managed to chip in there and was trying to make birdie at the last. I didn’t realise Damien had dropped one, but I managed to get up and down there and was fortunate to win the play-off as well.”

 

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