Alvaro Quiros overcomes Zander Lombard in play-off to win Rocco Forte Open

Frederick Owens
May 22, 2017

Watch how Haotong Li holed out for a rare albatross at the Rocco Forte Open.

Alvaro Quiros of Spain beat Zander Lombard of South Africa on the second hole of a playoff to win the Rocco Forte Open on Sunday and claim his first title in more than six years.

Ormsby, who has been a professional for 16 years after a collegiate career in Houston, bookended his round today with bogeys but in between there were eight birdies, further indication that is game is back on track. After they both made bogeys at the 17th, a pair of clutch up-and-downs at the final hole forced the playoff.

Both men parred the first extra hole, but Lombard then three-putted the second to allow a grateful Quiros to tap-in for victory and a European Tour exemption until the end of 2018.

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The Ulsterman added a three-under-par round of 68 to his sublime 61 to put himself in joint second place at the tournament at 13 under par, two shots off leader Alvaro Quiros.

Quiros said:"It's a very nice situation for me, it's a long time since I've had the opportunity", Quiros told Sky Sports. "It should never have come to that at the end but the result is the main thing". Li was boarding a bus to the airport when he was made aware of the leader's struggles over the final holes and was still unpacking his clubs when he found out he was a shot out of the playoff.

"It's been a little bit of a mess.The game wasn't that bad. Today was a big step mentally speaking, trying to be patient". "I had no idea I was leading by that many shots during the front nine but I knew at 18 that I had to make that putt to tie Zander".

Further down the field, former Masters champion Mike Weir made his first halfway cut since November 2014 after a battling display in Sicily. That means he's playing in Sicily this week instead of the $10 million BMW PGA Championship next.

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