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31.07.2017 - England's Jordan Smith claimed his maiden European Tour title with a play-off victory. Smith triumphant over Levy in thrilling play-off

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

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England's Jordan Smith claimed his maiden European Tour title. © Getty Images

Alexander Levy led by a single shot as he stood at the 18th tee, but when playing partner Jordan Smith holed his ten-foot birdie putt to join the Frenchman at the top of the leaderboard at 13 under par, 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. The young Englishman missed his tricky putt, leaving Levy with the chance to finish the contest but he missed his close-range birdie effort so the pair headed back to the 18th tee. After Smith sent his monster eagle putt to within three feet of the hole during the second play-off, the 2016 Challenge Tour Road to Oman winner tapped in his close-range birdie effort to secure his maiden European Tour victory in his 25th event. Smith could hardly believe what had happened: “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". Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman and Sweden’s Johan Edfors capped off the week with rounds of 68 and 70 to finish two shots off the pace at 11 under, with South Africa’s Zander Lombard, Spain’s Adrian Otaegui, and Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring a further shot back.

Final Scores

275 J Smith (Eng) 70 67 67 71, A Levy (Fra) 67 70 69 69, 
277 S Rahman (Ban) 70 66 73 68, J Edfors (Swe) 71 67 69 70, 
278 Z Lombard (RSA) 70 72 69 67, A Otaegui (Esp) 71 66 70 71, J Fahrbring (Swe) 68 68 70 72, 
279 M Ilonen (Fin) 72 70 72 65, L Cianchetti (Ita) 71 67 71 70, R Ramsay (Sco) 70 68 71 70, A Chesters (Eng) 68 67 72 72, 
280 S Gallacher (Sco) 68 70 72 70, C Schwartzel (RSA) 67 71 73 69, A Knappe (Ger) 74 69 70 67, N Elvira (Esp) 69 70 73 68, 
281 J Donaldson (Wal) 69 71 71 70, J Suri (USA) 66 72 69 74, S Heisele (Ger) 72 70 69 70, 
282 S Gros (Fra) 70 71 70 71, D Boonma (Tha) 71 71 71 69, L Slattery (Eng) 69 73 71 69, P Reed (USA) 68 71 70 73, R Karlberg (Swe) 69 74 70 69, R McCarthy (Aus) 70 69 68 75, C Hanson (Eng) 70 72 70 70, R Sterne (RSA) 70 71 66 75, T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 70 68 71 73, 
283 P Saksansin (Tha) 69 72 72 70, C Shih-Chang (Tpe) 75 68 70 70, E De La Riva (Esp) 68 73 70 72, C Koepka (USA) 69 68 73 73, R McEvoy (Eng) 66 72 72 73, 
284 M Foster (Eng) 72 69 72 71, J Walker (USA) 72 68 75 69, T Bjørn (Den) 74 68 72 70, S Crocker (am) (USA) 69 70 71 74, 
285 J Campillo (Esp) 73 70 68 74, M Jonzon (Swe) 72 67 73 73, J Lima (Por) 68 71 73 73, T Olesen (Den) 69 70 72 74, T Detry (Bel) 71 69 70 75, S Khan (Eng) 71 71 72 71, L Canter (Eng) 68 71 75 71, P Maddy (Eng) 71 70 74 70, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 68 69 75 73, P Widegren (Swe) 70 71 70 74, 
286 B Hebert (Fra) 69 72 71 74, M Carlsson (Swe) 70 73 71 72, R Jacquelin (Fra) 69 72 74 71, S Manley (Wal) 67 71 71 77, M Kieffer (Ger) 69 72 71 74, P McBride (am) (Irl) 70 72 72 72, 
287 A Björk (Swe) 71 69 73 74, C Lee (Sco) 68 70 74 75, 
288 G Bourdy (Fra) 69 74 73 72, C Paisley (Eng) 67 72 74 75, O Fisher (Eng) 71 70 72 75, J Ahlers (RSA) 71 69 75 73, J Dantorp (Swe) 71 69 73 75, 
289 B Dredge (Wal) 70 73 75 71, M Siem (Ger) 69 71 73 76, D Papadatos (Aus) 71 72 73 73, N Bertasio (Ita) 72 68 73 76, 
290 J Morrison (Eng) 72 71 73 74, G Havret (Fra) 76 65 75 74, 
291 L Yan-Wei (Chn) 72 70 75 74, W Ashun (Chn) 71 72 72 76, T Lewis (Eng) 69 73 78 71, S Tiley (Eng) 69 71 74 77, H Arkenau (Ger) 70 73 72 76, 
293 S Dyson (Eng) 71 72 78 72, R Rock (Eng) 70 69 76 78, 
295 S Webster (Eng) 72 70 76 77, A Connelly (Can) 72 71 73 79, 
144 P Dunne (Irl) 74 70 0 0, N Kimsey (Eng) 76 68 0 0, A Halvorsen (Nor) 72 72 0 0, R Gouveia (Por) 73 71 0 0, P Angles (Esp) 71 73 0 0, T Chuayprakong (Tha) 71 73 0 0, S Soderberg (Swe) 76 68 0 0, J Rutherford (Eng) 75 69 0 0, J Walters (RSA) 73 71 0 0, M Manassero (Ita) 71 73 0 0, W Zalatoris (am) (USA) 70 74 0 0, 
145 J Luiten (Ned) 72 73 0 0, R Finch (Eng) 73 72 0 0, R Langasque (Fra) 74 71 0 0, 
** J Parry (Eng) 72 DQ 0 0, 
145 R Kakko (Fin) 72 73 0 0, P Hanson (Swe) 69 76 0 0, R Wattel (Fra) 74 71 0 0, T Pilkadaris (Aus) 73 72 0 0, R Gonzalez (Arg) 73 72 0 0, O Bekker (RSA) 74 71 0 0, M Orrin (Eng) 74 71 0 0, P Meesawat (Tha) 72 73 0 0, J Kruger (RSA) 71 74 0 0, M Kramer (Ger) 71 74 0 0, M Nixon (Eng) 71 74 0 0, S Walker (Eng) 72 73 0 0, 
146 P Khongwatmai (Tha) 71 75 0 0, C Pigem (Esp) 76 70 0 0, B Etchart (Esp) 74 72 0 0, J Stalter (Fra) 74 72 0 0, J Hicks (USA) 72 74 0 0, M Wallace (Eng) 70 76 0 0, 
147 F Aguilar (Chi) 69 78 0 0, A Hall (Aus) 71 76 0 0, D Lipsky (USA) 74 73 0 0, A Karlsson (Swe) 76 71 0 0, D Fox (Aus) 72 75 0 0, S Henry (Sco) 71 76 0 0, F Fritsch (Ger) 72 75 0 0, 
148 P Tangkamolprasert (Tha) 78 70 0 0, R Echenique (Arg) 74 74 0 0, G Stal (Fra) 72 76 0 0, B Matthews (USA) 77 71 0 0, 
** E Pepperell (Eng) 74 DQ 0 0, 
148 A Da Silva (Bra) 77 71 0 0, L Jensen (Den) 73 75 0 0, C Selfridge (Nri) 75 73 0 0, B Ritthammer (Ger) 75 73 0 0, 
149 P Peterson (USA) 72 77 0 0, N Fasth (Swe) 72 77 0 0, B Staben (Ger) 73 76 0 0, H Otto (RSA) 73 76 0 0, 
150 J Quesne (Fra) 76 74 0 0, K Horne (RSA) 76 74 0 0, D Perrier (Fra) 77 73 0 0, J Winther (Den) 74 76 0 0, D Brooks (Eng) 73 77 0 0, 
151 L Bjerregaard (Den) 77 74 0 0, G Storm (Eng) 75 76 0 0, P Dedek (Cze) 74 77 0 0, 
152 M Warren (Sco) 72 80 0 0, G King (Eng) 73 79 0 0, 
153 R Green (Aus) 78 75 0 0, J Roos (RSA) 77 76 0 0, 
154 N Holman (Aus) 77 77 0 0, M Armitage (Eng) 73 81 0 0, 
155 P Swangarunporn (Tha) 79 76 0 0, 
156 N Adank (Ger) 77 79 0 0, 
159 A Quiros (Esp) 84 75 0 0, 
** D Howell (Eng) 77 RT 0 0, R Johnson (Swe) 76 DQ 0 0, N Johansson (Swe) 76 DQ 0 0, K Broberg (Swe) 72 DQ 0 0, A Maestroni (Ita) 77 DQ 0 0, M Hoey (Nir) 79 RT 0 0, P Perez (USA) 76 DQ 0 0, S Jamieson (Sco) 76 DQ 0 0, B Evans (Eng) 75 DQ 0 0, D Stewart (Sco) 78 DQ 0 0, Z Scotland (Eng) 80 DQ 0 0, A Wall (Eng) RT 0 0 0,