Smith holds his nerve to net first title
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