Play-off win for Horsey
18 is so bitter and then so sweet for Englishman
Last Updated: April 3, 2011 11:20pm
Horsey: held his nerve to triumph at second extra hole
England's David Horsey claimed his second European Tour title with a play-off victory in the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
"I couldn't believe Rhys missed that putt to win to be honest. If we had been playing match play I would have given him that putt because he is one of the best putters in the world"
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The 25-year-old from Cheshire beat defending champion Rhys Davies from Wales and South African Jaco Van Zyl at the second extra hole.
Horsey - whose breakthrough win came at last season's BMW International Open - looked to have let victory slip from his grasp on the final hole when he carded a double-bogey six.
However, Davies failed to find the cup with a four-foot birdie putt to retain the title he won in 2010, meaning a play-off was needed to find a winner.
After all three men made par fours at the first extra hole, Horsey regained his composure when they went up 18 again and made birdie following a superb approach shot to just a few inches from the hole.
"I made hard work of that coming down the last," he said afterwards.
"I couldn't believe Rhys missed that putt to win to be honest. If we had been playing match play I would have given him that putt because he is one of the best putters in the world.
"So I was surprised to be in the play-off and then to win is a great feeling that hasn't quite sunk in yet but I am sure it will in the next day or two."
Horsey - who has struggled so far this season and started the week down in 116th place in the Race to Dubai - began the day in a tie for the lead alongside Davies.
And he made almost the perfect start - making birdie at the first and then a hole in one at the short second to surge clear.
"It is not very often that you get off to a start like that on the last day of a tournament - especially when you are in a position to win," he admitted.
"Obviously there is a certain amount of luck involved in a hole-in-one but it really set me up for the rest of the day."
He mixed three birdies with three bogeys after that dramatic start, but a birdie at the 17th looked to have secured him the 250,000 Euros first prize, before that double bogey at the last.
In the end he signed for a 69, the same score as Davies, while Van Zyl went a shot better to force his way into the play-off.