Horsey's playoff win in Russia

BY European Tour | European PGA Tour | 2014 M2M Russian Open | Wrap | 28 Jul 2014

Englishman David Horsey claimed his third European Tour title at the M2M Russian Open after beating Ireland’s Damien McGrane in a play-off, following a dramatic finish to the final round.

Horsey had a share of the lead heading into the last day at Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club, but a double bogey at the 12th and a bogey at the 14th looked to have put paid to his chances as McGrane moved ahead thanks to a six under par 66.

McGrane bogeyed the last, however, and when Horsey chipped in for eagle on the 17th then made a brilliant up and down on the 18th for a level par 72, the pair were tied on 13 under par, one shot clear of Scott Jamieson, who signed off a fine week with a 69.

A two-putt par in the play-off was enough to give Horsey the win, with McGrane failing to make par after finding a greenside bunker with his approach.

The victory was Horsey’s third on the European Tour International Schedule victory in his 163rd European Tour event and moves him to €376,278 in The Race to Dubai.

“I’m relieved really – that’s the word that sums it up," said Horsey. "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.

“I had no idea how well Damien was playing because I wasn’t looking at boards all day. In hind sight 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.

“I’ve had my best mate on the bag this week with me – James Westwood. I brought him out for one week only so he’s got a pretty good record on the go now. And I’d like to thank Callaway, who’ve been a big support over the last three years. I’m delighted to get back in the winner’s circle.”

Jack Wilson was the only Australian in the field and after a fast start eventually finished 59th.

Leading final scores:

275 D Horsey (Eng) 65 68 70 72, D McGrane (Irl) 69 71 69 66,
276 S Jamieson (Sco) 66 72 69 69,
277 S Hutsby (Eng) 72 67 70 68,
278 P Whiteford (Sco) 66 71 66 75,
279 K Eriksson (Swe) 72 68 71 68, T Pieters (Bel) 67 68 72 72,
280 M Kieffer (Ger) 67 71 73 69, A Pavan (Ita) 73 70 64 73,
281 S Walker (Eng) 69 71 73 68, C Del Moral (Esp) 70 71 73 67,
282 A Saddier (Fra) 69 73 70 70, M Korhonen (Fin) 74 71 68 69, B Paolini (USA) 72 71 70 69, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 69 77 66, H Porteous (RSA) 72 71 70 69, D Huizing (Ned) 72 74 69 67,
283 G Boyd (Eng) 69 68 72 74, J Heath (Eng) 71 72 71 69, J Campillo (Esp) 68 76 68 71, S Baek (Kor) 74 70 69 70, A Forsyth (Sco) 75 70 70 68, J Hansen (Den) 69 73 71 70,
284 J McLeary (Sco) 68 72 70 74, S Hansen (Den) 72 69 69 74,
285 N Elvira (Esp) 69 69 77 70, G Bhullar (Ind) 67 71 75 72, S Manley (Wal) 71 73 71 70, A Hartø (Den) 73 70 73 69, A Gee (Eng) 70 75 69 71, O Bekker (RSA) 67 76 72 70, J Colomo (Esp) 72 68 71 74,
286 A Otaegui (Esp) 70 73 68 75, O Henningsson (Swe) 68 76 73 69, K Phelan (Irl) 69 70 74 73,




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