Smith holds his nerve to net first ti­tle

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JOR­DAN Smith claimed his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle yes­ter­day af­ter a play-off at the Porsche Euro­pean Open near Ham­burg in Ger­many.

Smith, from Bath, won at the sec­ond ex­tra hole af­ter fin­ish­ing tied with de­fend­ing cham­pion Alex Levy on 13 un­der.

Levy missed a three-foot birdie ef­fort as they re­played the 18th hole, but when the 24-year-old Smith was pre­sented with a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity on the next trip down the last, he made no mis­take.

Smith is likely to rise to 82nd in the world rank­ings to­day just two years af­ter lan­guish­ing in 1 619th.

Swe­den’s Jo­han Ed­fors and Bangladesh’s Sid­dikur Rah­man fin­ished tied for third place on 11 un­der, while Scot­land’s Richie Ram­say and Eng­land’s Ash­ley Ch­esters both achieved top-10 fin­ishes.

Re­flect­ing on his vic­tory, Smith said: “I’ve loved it. It’s been nerve-rack­ing at times, but I have re­ally en­joyed it.

“It’s all a bit sur­real. Ob­vi­ously, the Chal­lenge Tour last year and the EuroPro the year be­fore that. It’s been fun.

“I had a re­ally good start to the year and the first aim was just to se­cure my Tour card, which I man­aged to do.

“And then the sec­ond goal was to win an event, which I’ve man­aged to do.”

Mean­while, Bern­hard Langer won the Se­nior Bri­tish Open in rain and wind at Royal Porth­cawl for his record-ex­tend­ing 10th se­nior Ma­jor ti­tle.

The 59-year-old Ger­man star beat Amer­i­can Corey Pavin by three strokes to claim the ti­tle. – Daily Mail

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