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Lagergren makes it consecutive Swedish winners on European Tour

Lagergren makes it consecutive Swedish winners on European Tour

Sweden's Joakim Lagergren defeated Mike Lorenzo-Vera in a playoff to claim his first European Tour win at the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open on the European Tour
 

What happened at the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open?

You wait nearly 12 months for a Swedish winner on the European Tour, and then two come along in the space of three weeks.

The drought since Alex Noren won last year’s BMW PGA Championship was ended two weeks ago courtesy of Alexander Bjork, and now Joakim Lagergren enters the winner’s circle with his maiden win at the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open at the stunning Verdura Resort.

At one point, it seemed as though Lagergren had pushed past the final round jitters as he opened up a two-shot lead on the back-nine. But Mike Lorenzo-Vera – a runner-up at GolfSixes last week – was making very few mistakes and eventually reeled the Swede in with a birdie at the 17th.

Andy Sullivan could have set the clubhouse target with a birdie at the last, but his putt was left short. Lucas Bjerregaard also had a chance on the final hole, but the Dane’s tee shot sailed into an unplayable lie to end his chances.

The biggest move of the day came from Aussie youngster Lucas Herbert, who fired a 63 to finish on 15-under. But that would not be enough, as Lagergren and Lorenzo-Vera both parred the 18th to head to a play-off.

The Frenchman’s approach went long and left, while the Swede hit a beauty to within five feet, which he duly knocked in to claim the title.

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Best quote

Lagergren:

I’ve been waiting for this moment for my whole career. I’ve been fighting so hard to get to here.

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Tom is a lifetime golfer, now over 30 years playing the game. 2023 marks 10 years in golf publishing and he is still holding down a + handicap at Alwoodley in Leeds. He has played over 600 golf courses, and has been a member of at least four including his first love Louth, in Lincolnshire. Tom likes unbranded clothing, natural fibres, and pencil bags. Seacroft in Lincolnshire is where it starts and ends.

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