Russian Open. David Delivers. July 27 2014
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David only managed a last round of even par 70, but his -13 under par total was enough to get him into a play-off, against Damien McGrane, in the Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. David got par again on the 18th, the first play-off hole to win the prize.
Damien had charged up the leaderboard with a final round -6 under par 66 to post his -13 under par total, and his brilliant effort deserved a place in the play-off. He could so easily have won but bogeyed the last hole of the day.
David chipped in on the 17th for a birdie, and he needed it;
“I knew the chip on 17 had to go in. I knew by that point that I was three behind so I needed it to go in. This is a very special win. I didn’t know where I was in the tournament until the 17th. I hit it through the back of the green there and then realised I was three behind and needed to do something drastic quite quickly."“I didn’t play that great today, it was a bit scrappy and I wasn’t holing the putts, but I managed to get the job done in the end. I’m relieved really, that’s the word that sums it up. It was quite similar to my last win, in Morocco, where I made a bit of a mess of a couple of holes on the back nine."
“I had no idea how well Damien was playing because I wasn’t looking at boards all day. In hindsight that’s probably a mistake I’ll look to correct next time, but I was just trying to stick to my own game and stay focused on myself."
“I managed to chip in there and was trying to make birdie at the last. I didn’t realise Damien had dropped one, but I managed to get up and down there and was fortunate to win the play-off as well.”
Damien was naturally disappointed to let the victory slip through his fingers, but is in a positive mood about his good form;“I played lovely all week so I’m very pleased with my week. I’m a little disappointed not to do better in the play-off there, but I’ve hit good shots all week and putted reasonably well." “All in all I’m very positive and it’s good for me mentally as well. I can push on for the rest of the season with my card secure. There are a lot of good events before the end of the year and this has given me a lot of confidence going into them.” Scott Jamieson was one shot behind in third place at -12 under par, a stroke ahead of Sam Hutsby, who finished on -11 under par. One shot further back, was Peter Whiteford, the joint overnight leader with winner David.