Oman Open R4

Valimaki overcomes Stone in playoff to win first European Tour title

February 27- March 01
Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman
$1,750,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Sami Valimaki overcame Brandon Stone in a play-off to win his first European Tour title at the Oman Open.


The Finn claimed four wins on the satellite Pro Golf Tour after turning professional in January last year but was playing just his sixth European Tour event following his step up at the Qualifying School.


He was outside the top 100 after day one in Muscat but climbed the leaderboard over the weekend and was alongside Stone in a six-strong tie for the lead after round three.

The South African holed a gutsy 20-foot putt on the 18th to set the target at 13 under after a 70 and pile the pressure on Valimaki, who was playing in the group behind and needed a birdie of his own to take the contest to extra holes.



The 21-year-old left himself around 20 feet for his closing gain that set up the play-off, and the duo could not be separated as they both made par on the first two trips back up the last.

They both hit perfect drives at the third time of asking but Stone sent his second shot clattering into the stands and could not get up and down, leaving Valimaki to take the trophy with a par.


“It’s awesome,” Valimaki told europeantour.com. “There are not many words to say, it’s unbelievable.

“After the ninth hole when I made a double I knew that the 10th hole is good and I had to make a birdie on that.

“I didn’t make a really good par on 11 and after that bogey I felt like, ‘okay this is gone’. But then I just grinded, made three birdies and on the last, an awesome birdie.”


Frenchman Adrien Saddier bogeyed the 17th to finish a shot out of the play-off after a closing 69, with Finn Mikko Korhonen and Italian Guido Migliozzi at 11 under.

England’s Jordan Smith finished in the group at nine under, a shot clear of countryman Robert Rock and Scottish pair Grant Forrest and Connor Syme.

Englishman Callum Shinkwin had led by one shot with nine holes to play but made a quadruple-bogey on the 17th as he eventually finished at six under.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-13
74
67
64
70
275
2
Brandon Stone
RSA
-13
67
71
67
70
275
3
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-12
72
68
67
69
276
T4
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-11
66
72
68
71
277
T4
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-11
73
67
65
72
277
T6
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-9
70
69
72
68
279
T6
George Coetzee
RSA
-9
68
73
72
66
279
T6
Jordan Smith
ENG
-9
70
70
67
72
279
T6
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-9
67
68
70
74
279
T10
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-8
71
70
70
69
280
T10
Clement Sordet
FRA
-8
70
71
66
73
280
T10
Connor Syme
SCO
-8
73
70
69
68
280
T10
Grant Forrest
SCO
-8
70
73
69
68
280
T10
Joost Luiten
NED
-8
69
69
67
75
280
T10
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-8
69
70
73
68
280
T10
Martin Kaymer
GER
-8
73
69
67
71
280
T10
Ross Fisher
ENG
-8
68
75
70
67
280
T18
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
71
70
73
67
281
T18
Haotong Li
CHN
-7
73
69
68
71
281
T18
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-7
77
67
71
66
281
T18
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
69
67
73
72
281
T18
Robin Roussel
FRA
-7
75
69
67
70
281
T18
Shaun Norris
RSA
-7
72
71
70
68
281
T18
Taehee Lee
KOR
-7
67
75
70
69
281
T25
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-6
69
70
66
77
282
T25
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
69
70
71
72
282
T25
Paul Waring
ENG
-6
70
73
68
71
282
T25
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-6
68
75
72
67
282
T25
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
68
73
76
65
282
T30
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-5
68
74
68
73
283
T30
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
69
74
67
73
283
T30
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-5
71
65
72
75
283
T30
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-5
72
72
73
66
283
T30
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-5
70
68
74
71
283
T30
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-5
68
67
74
74
283
T36
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-4
75
67
72
70
284
T36
Darius van Driel
NED
-4
71
69
72
72
284
T36
Louis De Jager
RSA
-4
69
72
70
73
284
T36
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-4
72
72
71
69
284
T36
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-4
72
70
71
71
284
T36
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
73
65
71
75
284
T36
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
71
72
71
70
284
T43
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
69
75
71
70
285
T43
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
71
72
70
72
285
T43
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
73
69
71
72
285
T43
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
71
68
72
74
285
T43
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
-3
72
71
72
70
285
T43
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
71
70
73
71
285
T43
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-3
68
75
69
73
285
T50
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
73
70
74
69
286
T50
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
70
72
72
72
286
T50
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
71
73
71
71
286
T50
Jeff Winther
SWE
-2
69
72
69
76
286
T54
Adrian Meronk
POL
-1
73
71
71
72
287
T54
Ben Stow
ENG
-1
73
69
73
72
287
T54
Calum Hill
SCO
-1
73
68
74
72
287
T54
James Morrison
ENG
-1
74
70
72
71
287
T54
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
73
71
71
72
287
T54
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
72
71
69
75
287
T60
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
72
70
73
73
288
T60
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
69
74
71
74
288
T62
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
1
69
73
70
77
289
T62
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
1
72
70
71
76
289
T62
Lars van Meijel
NED
1
72
72
71
74
289
T65
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
74
69
73
74
290
T65
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
73
70
74
73
290
T70
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
73
71
73
74
291
T70
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
3
71
73
73
74
291
T70
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
3
70
73
73
75
291
T70
Scott Hend
AUS
3
70
72
72
77
291
77
Sean Crocker
USA
4
72
71
71
78
292
78
Benjamin Poke
DNK
5
71
73
72
77
293
79
Andrea Pavan
ITA
6
71
72
70
81
294
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
74
71
145
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
76
69
145
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
73
72
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
1
75
70
145
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Francesco Laporta
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
2
70
76
146
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
74
72
146
CUT
Justin Suh
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
75
71
146
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
2
70
76
146
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
73
146
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
3
75
72
147
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
3
70
77
147
CUT
Bailey Gill
ENG
3
77
70
147
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
3
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
70
77
147
CUT
Dale Whitnell
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
4
77
71
148
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
4
77
71
148
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZWE
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
4
73
75
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
4
75
73
148
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Wil Besseling
NED
4
72
76
148
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
5
76
73
149
CUT
David Coupland
ENG
5
76
73
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
78
71
149
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
6
74
76
150
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
6
74
76
150
CUT
James Sugrue
IRL
6
73
77
150
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
6
79
71
150
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ricardo Santos
POR
6
78
72
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
7
75
76
151
CUT
David Howell
ENG
7
76
75
151
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
7
76
75
151
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
7
75
76
151
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
7
76
75
151
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
8
72
80
152
CUT
David Law
SCO
8
79
73
152
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
8
76
76
152
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
8
75
77
152
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
11
77
78
155
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
11
76
79
155
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
11
77
78
155
CUT
Azaan Al Rumhy
OMA
28
82
90
172
MDF
Bryce Easton
RSA
2
72
71
75
218
MDF
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
73
71
74
218
MDF
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
71
73
74
218
MDF
Andy Sullivan
ENG
3
68
76
75
219
MDF
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
3
71
73
75
219
MDF
Peter Hanson
SWE
3
70
74
75
219