A double-bogey late in his final round has cost Wade Ormsby the chance to record the biggest win of his career, finishing two shots out of a playoff at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
Top five a week ago in Sweden, Ormsby enjoyed a share of second through both 36 and 54 holes and moved two shots clear on the final day when he birdied the par-3 eighth.
A bogey at the par-5 ninth saw the South Australian make the turn tied with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the leaderboard and remained there with four holes to play courtesy of a birdie at the par-5 14th.
And then disaster struck.
Playing the par-5 15th – a hole he had birdied in each of his two opening rounds – Ormsby made 7 and was unable to make up the deficit over the closing holes, Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg prevailing in a five-man playoff for his maiden European Tour title as Ormsby finished tied for eighth.
While Ormsby’s finish left a sting in the tail, Victorian Lucas Herbert left the Swiss Alps with his tail well and truly up following his best round on the European Tour since January.
Mid-table entering the final round courtesy of consecutive rounds of 3-under 67, Herbert’s bogey-free 64 was the equal-best round of the day and his best since a 63 in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Two-under at the turn, Herbert caught fire late with an eagle at the par-5 14th followed by two birdies at 15 and 16 to roar up the leaderboard, moving up 19 places into a tie for eighth.
Herbert’s second top-10 of the year also moved him up 12 places in the Race to Dubai rankings and inside the all-important top 110 in the season-long points race.
At the Challenge Tour’s KPMG Trophy in Belgium Victorian Ben Eccles and Kiwi Josh Geary both missed the cut as Dale Whitnell defeated fellow Englishman Laurie Canter at the second playoff hole.
|Omega European Masters|
|Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans Montana, Switzerland|
|MC||Min Woo Lee||71-71—142|
|Millennium Golf, Paal, Belgium|
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