Jordan Smith takes playoff chance to claim European Open
Englishman held off defending champion Alexander Levy in a playoff in Hamburg
Jordan Smith of England poses with the trophy after winning the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
Jordan Smith claimed his first European Tour title after a play-off at the Porsche European Open near Hamburg.
Smith, from Bath, won at the second extra hole after finishing tied with defending champion Alex Levy on 13 under — but only after the Frenchman had missed a putt to win from inside three feet on the pair’s first trip back down the 18th.
The 24-year-old Smith, who held a two shot lead overnight, began his final round with a birdie but dropped shots on the sixth and eighth to leave the door ajar for Levy, who shot a closing 69, to challenge for the lead on the back nine.
Smith regained the lead with a birdie from three feet at the 11th but left his bunker shot at the 13th short and missed a 20 footer for par.
Levy and Smith both birdied the 15th and it was the former who went ahead with another gain at the next, only for Smith to get up-and-down at the last to force a play-off with a round of 71.
Levy then missed a three-foot birdie effort as they replayed the 18th hole, but when Smith was presented with a similar opportunity on the next trip down the last he made no mistake.
Lone Irishman to make the cut, amateur Paul McBride, finished with a third consecutive round of 72 for a tied-47th finish at two under par.