European Masters: David Lipsky beats Graeme Storm in play-off

David Lipsky earns his European Tour card
David Lipsky earns his first European Tour victory and with it his card for next season
European Masters, final leaderboard
-18 Lipsky (US), Storm (Eng) - Lipsky wins at first play-off hole; -17 Hatton (Eng), Koepka (US); -16 Willett (Eng), Fleetwood (Eng); -15 Donaldson (Wal); -14 Ramsay (Sco)

David Lipsky survived a nervy play-off against England's Graeme Storm to win the European Masters in Switzerland.

The 26-year-old American recovered from finding a bunker and the rough on the replayed 18th hole for a par four after overnight leader Storm's disastrous drive resulted in a bogey.

The Englishman, 36, earlier carded a two-under-par 68 for an 18-under total.

Lipsky birdied 18 to force the play-off in Crans-Montana which eventually saw him land his first European Tour title.

Both Lipsky and Storm have now secured their European Tour cards for next year.

Graeme Storm in his new car
Graeme Storm lost the play-off but still has the £114k BMW he won for a hole-in-one on Saturday

Lipsky, who usually plays on the Asian Tour, said: "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."

American Brooks Koepka was tied for the lead with Storm until he hit a bogey on the 17th to finish 17 under alongside promising 22-year-old Englishman Tyrrell Hatton.

The round of the day was Danny Willett's 63, which left him on 16 under alongside English compatriot Tommy Fleetwood.

Romain Wattel hit a hole-in-one at the 11th but missed out on the £114,000 car on offer from sponsors BMW because Storm had already claimed the prize on the same hole a day earlier.

The Frenchman, who can borrow a car for 12 months as a consolation prize, said: "I saw the crowd were celebrating but I didn't know if that was because it was close, or in the hole.

"Unfortunately it was one day too late. But I'm obviously still really pleased with it, and with my performance today."

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