Arab Times

Lagergren wins 1st European Tour title


SICILY, Italy, May 13, (RTRS): Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren clinched his first European Tour title at the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open after nailing a clutch putt for birdie at the first playoff hole to edge Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera on Sunday.

Overnight leader Lorenzo-Vera began the final round at Verdura Golf Club with a two-shot advantage but Lagergren made a charge up the leaderboar­d with four birdies in his first nine holes.

A 14th-hole bogey meant the 26-yearold signed for a three-under-par 68 before Lorenzo-Vera sank a crucial birdie on the 17th to share the lead at 16-under overall after four rounds.

Lagergren needed just one extra hole to seal the victory after an inchperfec­t approach ensure he made a birdie from eight feet.

Lagergren and Lorenzo-Vera finished one shot clear of Englishman Andy Sullivan and Australia’s Lucas Herbert, who matched the lowest round of the week with a 63.

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