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David Horsey beats Damien McGrane to win Russian Open
England’s David Horsey overcame a tremendous front-nine collapse to force a play-off against Damien McGrane before edging to victory in Moscow at the Russian Open.
The 29-year-old Callaway golfer shared the overnight lead with Peter Whiteford as the pair headed into the final round at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club in Moscow – until both players slipped out of the top spots to create a pathway for McGrane, who expertly cut through the pack with seven birdies.
McGrane seemed to be preparing to beat Scott Jamieson, who finished 12-under for the tournament, by two strokes, however he bogeyed the 18th as Horsey made birdie and then an eagle in his last four holes to tug the clubhouse leader back.
The play-off did not last more than a single hole. McGrane found the greenside bunker on 18 before missing his putt from 10 feet out – leaving Horsey to gladly wrap up his third European Tour victory by two-putting for the win.
Horsey carded a 72 on Sunday, but was quick to admit he thought the game was lost before chipping in from just off the green for that crucial eagle on the par-five 17th.
Speaking to Sky Sports after winning his first trophy since April 2011, he said: "Relieved is the word that sums it up.
"I had a bit of a mare on a couple of holes over the back nine and didn't really know where I was in the tournament until 17.
"I suddenly realised I was only three behind but needed to do something drastic quite quickly. I managed to chip in and, while I was trying to make birdie at the last, I didn't realise he'd dropped one.
"I got up and down to get in the play-off and I was fortunate to win that."
Elsewhere, Hampshire’s Sam Hutsby finished very strongly in Russia; the 25-year old signing for a four-under 68 to take fourth place ahead of Whiteford, whose three-over final round saw him mix four bogey’s with a birdie on 17.
Sweden’s Krister Eriksson and Belgium's Thomas Pieters were tied for sixth place at nine-under for the tournament, while Italy's Andrea Pavan could not build on his Saturday score of 64; instead coming back to the clubhouse in 72 to take a share of eighth place with Maximilian Kieffer of Germany.
Russian Open Final Leaderboard
-13 D Horsey (via play-off)
-13 D McGrane
-12 S Jamieson
-11 S Hutsby
-10 P Whiteford
-9 K Eriksson
-9 T Pieters