Sunday, 21 May 2017
Li Haotong  (Getty Images)
Li Haotong (Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros won The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura, Sicily in dramatic fashion as he defeated Zander Lombard in a play-off at Verdura Golf Club.

Here, we take a look at what Lombard and the rest of the leading contenders had to say after their final rounds.

Zander Lombard (68, -14)

"I'm very happy with how I kept myself in contention and all the best for Alvaro. He's a great champion, he's won in the past and it's nice to see him win again. I'm very pleased with this performance going into next week and hopefully I can keep this form up. It's a good consolation prize to get into Wentworth. I suppose winning isn't everything but I can't complain, losing in a play-off - it's anybody's game with this wind. I think I hit a great putt but the wind just kept it out, so I'm pleased. The main thing I take from this is that I can be in contention and I can win. I just need to trust myself and believe that and hopefully I can do it a little later. My parents and my girlfriend are happy at home - they were probably stressed and nervous on the couches but thanks to all my team and this was an awesome week"

Li Haotong (66, -13)

"(On his albatross) It was the second shot, five iron, I just wanted to get it on the green and two-putt and make an easy birdie. After I hit it I saw some clapping on the green and thought it was probably pretty close or something and when I walked to there I couldn't believe it was in.

"The first bogey was from 132, a little bit of a flier lie, a little bit unlucky so I'll take that. I hit a lovely shot on 16 and made birdie there. I think it was a pretty decent round for me. It will give me some confidence as this was first event in the last couple of weeks. I was still a little bit nervous the first two rounds but it gave me more control of my game."

Pep Angles (69, -12)

"It's been a little bit up and down these last few months so I'm proud that my game is back. I've been doing the right things and it just needed to click. Getting myself in contention, I need to start doing that more often and learn from the experience and keep going and working on it. Hopefully I will win pretty soon. I love being in contention, having a chance to win and being out there. The crowds were really good. It was nice, an experience to learn from and go faster and hopefully I can get myself in the same spot in the coming weeks."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-14
2LOMBARD, ZanderRSA18-14
3LI, HaotongCHN18-13
4ANGLES, PepESP18-12
T5FRASER, MarcusAUS18-11

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