European Open 2017

Round 4 - Jordan Smith claims first tour title

July 31, 2017

England's Jordan Smith claimed the first title of his fledgling European Tour career on Sunday, beating defending champion Alexander Levy of France in a play-off at the European Open in Hamburg.

Smith had been two shots ahead overnight but he needed a birdie at the last on Sunday to force a play-off with both players tied at 13 under par.

He then survived on the first trip back down the 18th when Levy missed a close-range birdie putt to win.

Back down the 517-yard par-five last hole they came and this time Smith, 24, birdied to take the title and get his hands on the giant trophy as well as the winner's cheque in the two million-euro ($2.4 million, £1.8 million) event.

Smith, a former Walker Cup player who turned professional in 2014 and was top ranked on the Challenge Tour last year, shot a one-under-par 71 featuring four birdies and three bogeys.

Levy had a second successive 69 on Sunday after play was suspended due to the threat of lightning in the morning on the Green Eagle course.

He led by a single shot as he stood at the 18th tee, but when Smith holed a 10-foot birdie putt to join the Frenchman at the summit, he was forced to tap in a tricky par putt just to force the play-off.

"It's all a bit surreal," Smith, who hails from Bath, told europeantour.com.

"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."

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh and Johan Edfors of Sweden, two players ranked outside the top 350 in the world, finished tied for third place on 11-under.

South Africa's former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, the highest-ranked player in the field at world number 21, shot a final round of 69 to finish in a tie for 12th at eight-under.

Further back, US Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed ended on six under par.

Round 3 - Jordan Smith takes two shot lead

July 30, 2017

England's Jordan Smith will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the European Open in Hamburg after shooting a second consecutive 67 on Saturday as he targets a first tour title.

Smith's bogey-free five-under-par round left him on 12-under overall with Sweden's Jens Fahrbring and France's Alexander Levy his nearest challengers, each on 10 under par.

Levy is still in contention to retain his title after a day on which he was forced to complete his second round before a third round of 69.

The Frenchman was one of a number of players who had been forced to come back early on Saturday after lengthy rain delays on Friday had brought a premature end to play.

Smith's fellow Englishman Ashley Chesters had led in the clubhouse overnight but he could only manage a level-par round of 72 on Saturday and is one of six players in a tie for fourth at nine-under.

Further back, US Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed sits at seven-under after a colourful 70 that featured an eagle and four birdies but also four bogeys on the Green Eagle course, just to the south of the German city.

South Africa's former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, the highest-ranked player in the field at world number 21, slipped back to five-under after a 73.

Round 2 - Ashley Chesters leads on weather hit day

July 29, 2017

Ashley Chesters carded a 5-under 67 to take the lead at 9-under in the second round of the European Open, which was suspended due to failing light on Friday.

The 27-year-old, who also had a bogey-free round on the opening day, was tied with fellow Englishman Jordan Smith at 8-under when play was halted due to a heavy downpour.

Smith missed his last 11-foot par putt on the ninth hole when play resumed almost four hours later, while Chesters shot his fifth birdie to take sole leadership.

Siddikur Rahman carded a 66 and was one stroke behind Chesters, along with defending champion Alexander Levy, Stuart Manley, and Richard McEvoy, who all have to complete their second rounds on Saturday morning.

Jens Fahrbring was level with Smith at 7-under.

Round 1 - Charl Schwartzel in contention

July 28, 2017

Charl Schwartzel impressed on the opening day of the European Open in Hamburg on Thursday, as American Julian Suri and Richard McEvoy took a share of the lead.

Suri carded five birdies on the back nine for a 66 to sit alongside England's McEvoy, who posted a bogey-free effort, on six under par.

South African Schwartzel is just a stroke further back on five-under, alongside defending champion Alexander Levy, Chris Paisley and Welshman Stuart Manley.

Schwartzel, the highest-ranked player in the field at world number 21, took full advantage of the par fives to sign for an excellent round of 67.

The former Masters winner eagled the 15th hole and birdied the 18th after starting on the back nine.

A closing birdie on the par-five ninth could have been far better, after his second shot with a fairway wood hit the flagstick before settling 25 feet from the cup.

"On 18 I hit a fantastic shot and then finishing off today on nine, I hit the flag again with two fairway woods and that doesn't happen very often but you know I played well this morning," he told europeantour.com.

American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, making a rare appearance on the European Tour, mixed five birdies with one bogey in a round of 68 to sit in a nine-strong group on four-under.

Scores

1 ENG Jordan Smith -13 18 -1 70 67 67 71 275
2 FRA Alexander Levy -13 18 -3 67 70 69 68 274
T3 SWE Johan Edfors -11 18 -2 71 67 69 70 277
T3 BAN Mohammad Siddikur Rahman -11 18 -4 70 66 73 68 277
T5 ESP Adrian Otaegui -10 18 -1 71 66 70 71 278
T5 SWE Jens Fahrbring -10 18 Par 68 68 70 72 278
T5 RSA Zander Lombard -10 18 -5 70 72 69 67 278
T8 ENG Ashley Chesters -9 18 Par 68 67 72 72 279
T8 ITA Luca Cianchetti -9 18 -2 71 67 71 70 279
T8 FIN Mikko Ilonen -9 18 -7 72 70 72 65 279
T8 SCO Richie Ramsay -9 18 -2 70 68 71 70 279
T12 GER Alexander Knappe -8 18 -5 74 69 70 67 280
T12 RSA Charl Schwartzel -8 18 -3 67 71 73 69 280
T12 ESP Nacho Elvira -8 18 -4 69 70 73 68 280
T12 SCO Stephen Gallacher -8 18 -2 68 70 72 70 280
T16 WAL Jamie Donaldson -7 18 -2 69 71 71 70 281
T16 USA Julian Suri -7 18 2 66 72 69 74 281
T16 GER Sebastian Heisele -7 18 -2 72 70 69 70 281
T19 ENG Chris Hanson -6 18 -2 70 72 70 70 282
T19 THA Danthai Boonma -6 18 -3 71 71 71 69 282
T19 ENG Lee Slattery -6 18 -3 69 73 71 69 282
T19 USA Patrick Reed -6 18 1 68 71 70 73 282
T19 RSA Richard Sterne -6 18 3 70 71 66 75 282
T19 SWE Rikard Karlberg -6 18 -3 69 74 70 69 282
T19 AUS Ryan McCarthy -6 18 3 70 69 68 75 282
T19 FRA Sebastien Gros -6 18 -1 70 71 70 71 282
T19 RSA Trevor Fisher Jnr -6 18 1 70 68 71 73 282
T28 USA Chase Koepka -5 18 1 69 68 73 73 283
T28 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -5 18 Par 68 73 70 72 283
T28 THA Poom Saksansin -5 18 -2 69 72 72 70 283
T28 ENG Richard McEvoy -5 18 1 66 72 72 73 283
T28 TPE Shih-Chang Chan -5 18 -2 75 68 70 70 283
T33 USA Jimmy Walker -4 18 -3 72 68 75 69 284
T33 ENG Mark Foster -4 18 -1 72 69 72 71 284
T33 USA Sean Crocker -4 18 2 69 70 71 74 284
T33 DEN Thomas Bjorn -4 18 -2 74 68 72 70 284
T37 ESP Jorge Campillo -3 18 2 73 70 68 74 285
T37 POR Jose-Filipe Lima -3 18 1 68 71 73 73 285
T37 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -3 18 1 68 69 75 73 285
T37 ENG Laurie Canter -3 18 -1 68 71 75 71 285
T37 SWE Michael Jonzon -3 18 1 72 67 73 73 285
T37 ENG Paul Maddy -3 18 -2 71 70 74 70 285
T37 SWE Pontus Widegren -3 18 2 70 71 70 74 285
T37 ENG Simon Khan -3 18 -1 71 71 72 71 285
T37 BEL Thomas Detry -3 18 3 71 69 70 75 285
T37 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -3 18 2 69 70 72 74 285
T47 FRA Benjamin Hebert -2 18 2 69 72 71 74 286
T47 SWE Magnus A. Carlsson -2 18 Par 70 73 71 72 286
T47 GER Maximilian Kieffer -2 18 2 69 72 71 74 286
T47 IRL Paul McBride -2 18 Par 70 72 72 72 286
T47 FRA Raphael Jacquelin -2 18 -1 69 72 74 71 286
T47 WAL Stuart Manley -2 18 5 67 71 71 77 286
T53 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -1 18 2 71 69 73 74 287
T53 SCO Craig Lee -1 18 3 68 70 74 75 287
T55 ENG Chris Paisley Par 18 3 67 72 74 75 288
T55 FRA Gregory Bourdy Par 18 Par 69 74 73 72 288
T55 RSA Jaco Ahlers Par 18 1 71 69 75 73 288
T55 SWE Jens Dantorp Par 18 3 71 69 73 75 288
T55 ENG Oliver Fisher Par 18 3 71 70 72 75 288
T60 WAL Bradley Dredge 1 18 -1 70 73 75 71 289
T60 AUS Dimitrios Papadatos 1 18 1 71 72 73 73 289
T60 GER Marcel Siem 1 18 4 69 71 73 76 289
T60 ITA Nino Bertasio 1 18 4 72 68 73 76 289
T64 FRA Gregory Havret 2 18 2 76 65 75 74 290
T64 ENG James Morrison 2 18 2 72 71 73 74 290
T66 CHI Ashun Wu 3 18 4 71 72 72 76 291
T66 GER Hinrich Arkenau 3 18 4 70 73 72 76 291
T66 ENG Steven Tiley 3 18 5 69 71 74 77 291
T66 ENG Tom Lewis 3 18 -1 69 73 78 71 291
T66 CHN William Liu 3 18 2 72 70 75 74 291
T71 ENG Robert Rock 5 18 6 70 69 76 78 293
T71 ENG Simon Dyson 5 18 Par 71 72 78 72 293
T73 CAN Austin Connelly 7 18 7 72 71 73 79 295
T73 ENG Steve Webster 7 18 5 72 70 76 77 295
CUT NOR Andreas Halvorsen Par - 72 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Jamie Rutherford Par - 72 75 69 - - 144
CUT RSA Justin Walters Par - 72 73 71 - - 144
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero Par - 72 71 73 - - 144
CUT ENG Nathan Kimsey Par - 72 76 68 - - 144
CUT IRL Paul Dunne Par - 72 74 70 - - 144
CUT ESP Pep Angles Par - 72 71 73 - - 144
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia Par - 72 73 71 - - 144
CUT SWE Sebastian Soederberg Par - 72 76 68 - - 144
CUT THA Thitiphun Chuayprakong Par - 72 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Will Zalatoris Par - 72 70 74 - - 144
CUT RSA Jbe Kruger 1 - 72 71 74 - - 145
CUT NED Joost Luiten 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Matthew Nixon 1 - 72 71 74 - - 145
CUT GER Max Kramer 1 - 72 71 74 - - 145
CUT ENG Max Orrin 1 - 72 74 71 - - 145
CUT RSA Oliver Bekker 1 - 72 74 71 - - 145
CUT SWE Peter Hanson 1 - 72 69 76 - - 145
CUT THA Prom Meesawat 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez 1 - 72 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG Richard Finch 1 - 72 73 72 - - 145
CUT FRA Romain Langasque 1 - 72 74 71 - - 145
CUT FRA Romain Wattel 1 - 72 74 71 - - 145
CUT FIN Roope Kakko 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Sam Walker 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT AUS Terry Pilkadaris 1 - 72 73 72 - - 145
CUT ESP Borja Etchart 2 - 72 74 72 - - 146
CUT ESP Carlos Pigem 2 - 72 76 70 - - 146
CUT FRA Joel Stalter 2 - 72 74 72 - - 146
CUT USA Justin Hicks 2 - 72 72 74 - - 146
CUT ENG Matt Wallace 2 - 72 70 76 - - 146
CUT THA Phachara Khongwatmai 2 - 72 71 75 - - 146
CUT SWE Anton Karlsson 3 - 72 76 71 - - 147
CUT AUS Ashley Hall 3 - 72 71 76 - - 147
CUT AUS Daniel Fox 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
CUT USA David Lipsky 3 - 72 74 73 - - 147
CUT CHI Felipe Aguilar 3 - 72 69 78 - - 147
CUT GER Florian Fritsch 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
CUT SCO Scott Henry 3 - 72 71 76 - - 147
CUT BRA Adilson Da Silva 4 - 72 77 71 - - 148
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer 4 - 72 75 73 - - 148
CUT USA Brandon Matthews 4 - 72 77 71 - - 148
CUT NIR Chris Selfridge 4 - 72 75 73 - - 148
CUT FRA Gary Stal 4 - 72 72 76 - - 148
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen 4 - 72 73 75 - - 148
CUT THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert 4 - 72 78 70 - - 148
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique 4 - 72 74 74 - - 148
CUT GER Benedict Staben 5 - 72 73 76 - - 149
CUT RSA Hennie Otto 5 - 72 73 76 - - 149
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 5 - 72 72 77 - - 149
CUT USA Paul Peterson 5 - 72 72 77 - - 149
CUT FRA Damien Perrier 6 - 72 77 73 - - 150
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks 6 - 72 73 77 - - 150
CUT SWE Jeff Winther 6 - 72 74 76 - - 150
CUT FRA Julien Quesne 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
CUT RSA Keith Horne 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
CUT ENG Graeme Storm 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
CUT DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 7 - 72 77 74 - - 151
CUT CZE Petr Dedek 7 - 72 74 77 - - 151
CUT ENG Gary King 8 - 72 73 79 - - 152
CUT SCO Marc Warren 8 - 72 72 80 - - 152
CUT RSA Jake Roos 9 - 72 77 76 - - 153
CUT AUS Richard Green 9 - 72 78 75 - - 153
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage 10 - 72 73 81 - - 154
CUT AUS Nathan Holman 10 - 72 77 77 - - 154
CUT THA Piya Swangarunporn 11 - 72 79 76 - - 155
CUT GER Niklas Adank 12 - 72 77 79 - - 156
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 15 - 72 84 75 - - 159
DSQ ITA Andrea Maestroni Par - 69 77 70 - - 147
DSQ ENG Ben Evans Par - 141 75 - - - 75
DSQ SCO Duncan Stewart Par - 69 78 69 - - 147
DSQ ENG Eddie Pepperell Par - 87 74 55 - - 129
DSQ ENG John Parry Par - 80 72 64 - - 136
DSQ SWE Kristoffer Broberg Par - 144 72 - - - 72
DSQ SWE Niclas Johansson Par - 140 76 - - - 76
DSQ USA Pat Perez Par - 140 76 - - - 76
DSQ SWE Richard S. Johnson Par - 140 76 - - - 76
DSQ SCO Scott Jamieson Par - 140 76 - - - 76
DSQ ENG Zane Scotland Par - 71 80 65 - - 145
RET ENG Anthony Wall Par - 171 45 - - - 45
RET ENG David Howell Par - 109 77 30 - - 107
RET NIR Michael Hoey Par - 111 79 26 - - 105