Wednesday 16 January 2019

Lipsky edges out Storm in playoff

GOLF: American David Lipsky beat overnight leader Graeme Storm at the first extra hole of a playoff to win the European Masters yesterday, his first success on the European Tour.

Playing the 18th again, the 26-year-old from Los Angeles stayed safe for a par four while Englishman Storm could not recover from a wayward tee shot that came to rest against a fence and had a bogey five.

Both men had finished on 18-under, Lipsky's birdie at the last giving him a share of the lead after a five-under 65, while

Storm, whose hole-in-one in round three won him a sports car worth around €144,000, had a two-under 68.

In regulation play, Lipsky and Storm were a stroke ahead of American Brooks Koepka (67) and England's Tyrrell Hatton (65).

Gareth Maybin was best of the Irish on 13 under after a 67, while Shane Lowry was 11 below after a 70. Peter Lawrie finished six under, with Padraig Harrington one over.

Joy for Hamilton

FORUMLA 1: Lewis Hamilton battled back from an agonisingly slow start to win the Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes yesterday and slash team-mate Nico Rosberg's Formula One championship lead to 22 points.

Rosberg finished second as dominant Mercedes celebrated their first one-two since Austria in June and seventh in 13 races.

"It was a difficult race," said Hamilton. "For whatever reason, at the start the button didn't press which engages the launch sequence.

"For the formation lap it didn't work and when I got to the grid and put it on again, again it didn't work. It was very strange. I've never really had that happen before.

"I tried to pull away as fast as possible and the RPM was all over the place. Fortunately I managed to not lose too many places."

Rosberg now has 238 points to Hamilton's 216, with six races remaining after the end of the European part of the season.

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