Jun 7th, 2021
Armitage wins Porsche European Open
Englishman claims his maiden European Tour title in Hamburg
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The Englishman made six birdies and an eagle to race to into a four shot lead through 15 holes, but after a bogey on the 16th and a remarkable chip to save par on the 17th, he faced an anxious wait to see whether any of the closing groups could reach his eight-under-par total.
His compatriot Matthew Southgate was his closest challenger and was just one shot back standing on the 18th tee, but he could only send his drive into the water on the last to fall back into the pack on six under par, confirming Armitage’s first win in his 71st European Tour appearance.
The 33 year old lost his mother to Jean to cancer as a teenager and was clearly emotional after becoming the fourth consecutive English winner in Hamburg, following Jordan Smith, Richard McEvoy and Paul Casey.
Southgate was joined in a tie for second place at six under par by Italy's Edoardo Molinari, Thomas Detry of Belgium and Dutchman Darius Van Driel. Defending champion Casey was then two shots further back in sixth place.
Armitage, Southgate, Molinari and Detry all sealed their places in the U.S. Open as this week marked the last opportunity for players to qualify for Torrey Pines as the top ten aggregate Race to Dubai points earners, not otherwise exempt, from the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett, Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA and Porsche European Open.
The full top ten is: Richard Bland, Guido Migliozzi, Bernd Wiesberger, Marcus Armitage, Mikko Korhonen, Jordan Smith, Adrian Meronk, Edoardo Molinari, Dave Coupland, Thomas Detry and Matthew Southgate.