Sicily - 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.
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-year-old 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
Lagergren needed just one extra hole to seal the victory after an inch-perfect approach ensure he made a birdie from eight feet.
"I've been waiting for this moment my whole career," he said. I've just been fighting so hard to get to here, it's just awesome.
you're just missing out a few times you really want to get that first
win and it feels like you really need to get over that first step to
then really continue and get more and more. This is a big step for me."
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.
Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished at 14-under, one shot ahead of Frenchman Julien Guerrier.