European Tour.Open de España. Record 9 hole Sudden Death Play-Off. April 22 2013

There was a record 9 hole play-off required to decide the eventual winner of the Open de España, on the European Tour in Valencia at Parador de El Saler. Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin needed all his experience to beat Maximilian Keiffer from Germany and Chile's Felipe Aguilar. Raphael Jacquelin  (Getty Images) RaphaëlJacquelin /Getty Images Raphaël finally overcame the persistent challenge of Maximilian at the ninth play-off hole. Felipe dropped out early on leaving the others to battle it out. Once Felipe had gone anyone expecting a quick conclusion to this event was sadly mistaken, they ended up playing the 18th hole nine times, taking two hours, before Raphaël won it with a birdie. He said he was tired, but very happy; “That is very tiring but I am really, really happy. I could not make any putts in the play-off but the last one dropped, which means a lot for me and my family. There’s another baby coming at the end of November; every time I get a baby, there’s a win so I’ll have a football team after a few years!” Raphaël was gracious with his comments about Maximilian, who playing in only his tenth European Tour event; “He is starting this year very well. He is going to do very well and going to win a lot, I am sure.” The Ladies European Tour and the PGA Tour in America also needed play-offs to decide the winner, is this going to become the norm, will be interesting to see what happens next week, I will be watching.