Horsey pips McGrane in Russia

European Tour

England’s David Horsey forced a play-off with an eagle on the 17th and then beat Damien McGrane in extra holes to win the M2M Russian Open.

Horsey had been a contender throughout the weekend’s action in Moscow, but looked to have ruined his chances with a double bogey at the 12th.

That seemed even more likely as McGrane made three birdies in a row from the 15th to place one hand on the trophy, but Horsey wasn’t done yet, chipping in for a three on the 17th and a level-par 72 just as McGrane closed with a bogey for a 65.

That left both players on 13 under after 72 holes and a play-off to decide the winner.

A par four when they returned to the 18th proved enough to see Horsey clinch his third European Tour title, with McGrane unable to recover from hitting his second shot into a bunker behind the green.

McGrane, meanwhile, narrowly misses out on a second title in Europe.

His 66 featured birdies at the second, fourth, eighth and tenth ahead of three more on the closing holes, but was not quite enough on the day.

Horsey was able to respond to bogeys at the fifth and sixth with birdies at seven and eight. The double bogey at 12 then threatened to end his challenge and another bogey at 14 left him floundering, but the late eagle resurrected his hopes.

It continues an impressive season for Horsey, who has managed five top ten finishes from 16 events.

“Relieved is the word that sums it up,” he told Sky Sports after the victory.

“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.”

Scott Jamieson finished one shot off the play-off pace after a 69, while Sam Hutsby finished fourth with a closing 68. Both boast formidable odds in Bet Bright’s Barracuda Championship predictions.

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