And the winner is... Söderberg!
As in his first appearance at Crans-Montana in 2008, Rory McIlroy was defeated in the play-off, after missing a putt by a few centimetres. It was Sebastian Söderberg who pocketed the 416,660 euros promised to the winner.
This 2019 edition of the Omega European Masters was therefore exceptional from start to finish. It attracted 64,800 visitors, an absolute record. After four days of competition, five golfers failed to separate (-14) and had to play extra-time: Rory McIlroy, Lorenzo Gagli, Sebastian Söderberg, Kalle Samooja and Andres Romero. The five-men play-off was the first in the 80 editions of the tournament.
The 13,500 spectators present on Sunday around hole 18 only had one wish: to see the idol McIlroy win for the first time in Crans-Montana. The first to give in was the Italian Gagli by putting his ball in the water. The second to be eliminated was Romero, who placed his stroke at the foot of the stands. Just like the fifth player Kalle Samooja, Rory McIlroy has once again missed his chance.
For his first appearance on the Haut-Plateau, the Swedishman therefore did very well. He won his first European Tour after playing 50 tournaments. This success will allow him to move up in the hierarchy, moving from 120th to 44th place in the European ranking and from 287th to 105th place in the World ranking. Until now, Sebastian Söderberg had to settle for two titles on the Challenge Tour in 2018 in Italy and 2016 in Kenya.