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Horsey edges out McGrane to win M2M Russian Open

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.

Scotland’s Peter Whiteford, who shared the overnight lead, struggled to a three over par 75 for fifth, one shot behind Englishman Sam Hutsby, who moved up to fourth with a 68.

David Horsey – With This Win

  • His third European Tour International Schedule victory in his 163rd European Tour event.
  • Moves to €376,278 in The Race to Dubai.
  • Could move to inside the top 120 in the Official World Golf Ranking, from 198th.
  • His first victory since the 2011 Trophée Hassan II – a gap of three years and 115 days.
  • Since his 2011 victory played in 89 European Tour events between victories.
  • His fifth top ten finish from 16 events this campaign.

Quotes:

David Horsey

“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.

“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 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. It’s been a while and it’s been a bit of a bumpy road. I’ve made a few changes in terms of personnel, so I’d like to thank my new coach Mike Walker, Kev Duffy, my strength and conditioning coach who I’ve been working with for the last 18 months. 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.”

Damien McGrane

“I played lovely all week so I’m very pleased with my week. I’m a little disappointed not to do better in the play-off there, but I’ve hit good shots all week and putted reasonably well. All in all I’m very positive and it’s good for me mentally as well. I can push on for the rest of the season with my card secure. There are a lot of good events before the end of the year and this has given me a lot of confidence going into them.”

Golf Results:

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,
287 D Im (USA) 73 72 70 72, D Drysdale (Sco) 73 69 77 68,
288 R Kakko (Fin) 71 73 70 74, S Chowrasia (Ind) 76 70 72 70, R Karlberg (Swe) 67 76 74 71, G Charoenkul (Tha) 73 68 74 73, S Wakefield (Eng) 70 76 70 72, J Smith (am) (Eng) 75 70 74 69,
289 B Dredge (Wal) 70 74 75 70, C Pigem (Esp) 70 71 78 70, E Dubois (Fra) 72 68 72 77, R Enoch (Wal) 70 73 74 72,
290 J Doherty (Sco) 67 73 78 72, S Thornton (Irl) 70 73 73 74, A Andersson (Swe) 70 73 72 75,
291 J Morrison (Eng) 71 73 71 76, J Carlsson (Swe) 74 69 78 70, A Maestroni (Ita) 72 71 75 73,
292 C Lee (Sco) 72 70 74 76, L De Jager (RSA) 67 74 75 76, M Madsen (Den) 71 73 73 75,
293 J Mikkelsen (Nor) 74 69 78 72, M Nixon (Eng) 69 76 74 74,
294 J Wilson (Aus) 67 74 80 73, M Bremner (RSA) 79 65 71 79,
295 M Grönberg (Swe) 70 70 75 80, R Finch (Eng) 71 73 71 80,
296 J Hahn (USA) 72 74 75 75,
297 P Erofejeff (Fin) 74 72 72 79, P Price (Wal) 70 75 73 79,
298 L Bond (Wal) 73 73 76 76

Source: European Tour

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