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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Jordan Smith with the Porsche European Open trophy  (Getty Images)
Jordan Smith with the Porsche European Open trophy (Getty Images)

England's Jordan Smith claimed his maiden European Tour title with a play-off victory over defending champion Alex Levy at the Porsche European Open last July.

The lead changed hands throughout the afternoon at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg as Levy and overnight leader Smith were engaged in an exciting final-round battle.

Levy led by a single shot as he stood at the 18th tee, but when playing partner Smith holed his ten foot birdie putt to get to 13 under and join the Frenchman at the summit, he was forced to tap in his tricky par putt to force a play-off.

Both players reached the putting surface in two at the first extra hole, but Levy was in the box seat after sending his eagle putt to within three feet, with Smith another 12 feet away from the hole.

After the Englishman missed his tricky putt, Levy had the chance to finish the contest but he missed his close-range birdie effort - so the pair headed back to the 18th tee.

And after sending his monster eagle putt to within three feet of the hole, Smith tapped in his close-range birdie effort to secure his first victory in his 25th event.

Smith, who won the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit in 2015 before adding the Road to Oman title to his CV last year, said: "I've loved it. It's been nerve-wracking at times but I've really enjoyed it.

"It's all a bit surreal. Obviously the Challenge Tour last year and the EuroPro the year before that. It's been fun. I had a really good start to the year and the first aim was just to secure my Tour card, which I managed to do.

"And then the second goal was to win an event, which I've managed to do."
 

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