Jul 31st, 2017
Jordan Smith claims maiden European Tour victory
At the Porsche European Open
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England's Jordan Smith has claimed his maiden European Tour title following a play–off victory against defending champion Alex Levy at the Porsche European Open.
Jordan Smith caught the eye of our Golf Spiv, as he recognised that Smith hadn't missed a single cut in 2017, and he was edging closer to competing for some big wins. And today was that day. The Spiv is out celebrating at the moment, as he got 40/1 on him.
The lead changed hands throughout the afternoon as Levy and Smith, who was the overnight leader, were engaged in an exciting final–round duel.
Levy led by a single shot at the 18th tee, but when playing partner Smith holed his ten foot birdie putt to get to 13 under and join Levy at the summit, he was forced to tap in his tricky par putt to force a play–off.
Both players reached the dance floor in two at the first extra hole, but Levy had the advantage after sending his eagle putt to within three feet, with Smith another 12 feet away from the hole.
When Smith missed his difficult putt, Levy had the chance to finish the contest but he missed his short birdie effort, and it was back to the 18th tee.
And after hitting a massive putt for eagle to within three feet of the hole, Smith tapped in for birdie, and victory was his in just his 25th outing on the European Tour.
Here's his winning putt: