By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 01/03/20 5: 22 pm
Sami Valimaki seized a maiden European Tour title after beating Brandon Stone in a play-off at the Oman Open.
Valimaki holed a 20- foot birdie at the last to shut a two-under 70 at Al Mouj Golf and also sign up with Stone on 13 under, prior to defeating the South African with a the same level at the 3rd added opening.
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A penultimate-hole bogey saw Adrien Saddier complete a discharged the rate in 3rd in advance of Guido Migliozzi and also Mikko Korhonen, while England’s Jordan Smith finished 4 strokes back in tied-sixth.
“It’s awesome,” Valimaki stated. “There are very few words to state, it boggles the mind. After the nine opening when I made a dual I understood that the 10 th opening is excellent and also I needed to make a birdie on that particular.
” I really did not make an actually excellent the same level on 11 and also afterwards bogey I seemed like, ‘fine this is gone’. But after that I simply grinded, made 3 birdies and also on the last, an incredible birdie.”
Starting the day in a six-way connection for the lead, Valimaki rolled in an eight-footer at the 2nd and also got better from an acne at the 4th by birdieing the par-five 7th and also including one more from 12 feet at the following.
Valimaki acquired a double-bogey at the nine after locating a shelter with his technique and afterwards flying his 3rd shot over the environment-friendly, just to recover with a ten-foot gain at the tenth.
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The Finn bogeyed the following and also negated a birdie at the 12 th with an acne at the 14 th, prior to standing up and also below off the 16 th environment-friendly and also grabbing a chance at the last to prolong the competition.
After making the same level on the initial 2 play-off openings, Stone fell short to rise and also below near the 18 th grandstand and also made bogey to permit Valimaki to protect triumph with a three-foot the same level.
Saddier blended 6 birdies with 3 bogeys to complete in 3rd area, while George Coetzee published 2 eagles on his means to a closing 66 to share 6th area with Smith, Alejandro Canizares and also Rasmus Hojgaard.