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Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin makes his money in Omega European Masters

By Phil Casey

Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin picked up €46,613 after finishing joint ninth in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, American David Lipsky winning his first European Tour title after an extraordinary finish.

Lipsky almost holed his approach to the 18th hole to card a closing 65 and force a play-off with England's Graeme Storm after the pair finished tied on 18 under par at Crans-sur-Sierre.

They returned to the 18th for the first extra hole and the tournament looked to be over when Storm's drive missed the fairway and finished up against a wall, close to a plaque commemorating the place from where the late Seve Ballesteros pulled off a miraculous escape on his way to victory in 1993.

Storm did not appear optimistic of repeating the feat, the 36-year-old saying to his caddie: "Oh well, never mind, it wasn't meant to be," before pitching out sideways.

Lipsky had just 86 yards to the hole from a fairway bunker but did not even attempt to go for the green, a decision described as "heartless" by former European Tour player Wayne Riley, commentating for Sky Sports.

However, Lipsky had the last laugh as he pitched out left of the water guarding the front of the green and then chipped to two feet and holed for a winning par after Storm missed from long range.

The 26-year-old said: "It feels spectacular. I've put in a lot of hard work and have been playing well the last couple of weeks and to put it all together this week is very special to me."

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