David Lipsky prevails in the playoff
The 26 year-old American surprised everyone in Crans-Montana. With a -5 the previous day, he stormed ahead of Storm, Koepka and Fleetwood. But the final decision was made during the playoff.
Just like last year, the Omega European Masters also finished after the first round of the playoff. In the end, David Lipsky beat Graeme Storm. The American was able to handle the pressure a lot better than his English opponent. During the extra hole, the two did not play their best. Storm totally missed his first shot, sending the ball too far to the right against the wall of Crans’ swimming pool. As for Lipsky, he made sure that he would not miss his second shot – he sent the ball straight out of the bunker into the public in order to avoid the water. “That was exactly what I had planned. I did not want my ball to land in the rough. It is true that my shot was a bit too long. But I was in the same zone as my adversary and I was sure of my short shot.” The final decision took place near the flag. Lipsky putted the ball from 40 cm, whilst Storm, further away, failed in his attempt.
David Lipsky (26 years old) became a professional in 2011. For a few remaining hours, he is presently in 185th place in the Race to Dubaï and 369th player in the world. The Californian, who’s also half Korean, won the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2012. Following that, on the same circuit, he won the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic. In 2014, he came second, his best result up till now, during the Championship at Laguna National (Singapour).
All in all, the playoff victory at the Omega European Masters is the best performance of his life. The cheque for 383’330 euros is double the amount he has won in all the competitions of his young career so far.