Rewind: Timely Lipsky soars at Crans

Tue 21 Jul 2015

Rewind: Timely Lipsky soars at Crans

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July 21: The Asian Tour returns to the stunning Swiss Alps this week for the prestigious Omega European Masters which begins on Thursday. Last year, American David Lipsky scored a stunning victory to become the first Asian Tour member to win the event which is co-sanctioned with the European Tour. We look back at Lipsky's memorable week.
The great names of golf such as Faldo, Els, Woosnam, Montgomerie, Price and Westwood are all engraved on the majestic Omega European Masters trophy.
David Lipsky will need to pinch himself now to realise that his name will forever be etched alongside these illustrious champions after he produced an historic play-off success at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
As simple as it may sound, all it required for the American to reach the summit was hard work, determination and class.
The rest will go into golf’s history books as he becoming the first Asian Tour member to taste victory in the only event on European soil to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
_ANA5107“It’s definitely a very special feeling to be the first player from the Asian Tour to win this event,” said Lipsky.
“I’ve been working on my game all summer and I’m seeing my results these past couple of weeks and all the hard work that I’ve put in. If I keep getting better, I’ll end up at where I want to be.”
Three back from leader Graeme Storm heading into the final round, the 26-year-old stormed into contention with a glorious eagle when he drove the green on the par four seventh hole.
He signed off with a five-under-par 65 to force a play-off with Storm on 18-under-par 262 and eventually prevailed on the first extra hole with a par.
“My first play-off win in Cambodia (in 2012) gave me lots of confidence and I’m glad I brought that along with me. Graeme played great but the difference was that I was able to see it through on the last hole,” said Lipsky.
The American, who won the 2012 Asian Tour Qualifying School, showed that the region’s premier Tour was a hotbed of talents capable of conquering the world’s best golfers. He paid tribute to the Asian Tour’s role in shaping him into a worthy winner.
“It has done everything for me. I started out on the Asian Tour and I won there. It really developed me as a player and I’m still looking forward to playing out in Asia,” said Lipsky.[pullquote align="right"]It’s definitely a very special feeling to be the first player from the Asian Tour to win this event.” - David Lipsky[/pullquote]
With a champion’s cheque of US$504,057, he jumped into the lead on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit but Lipsky, whose mother is Korean, said he needed to keep his bank manager happy.
“I’ve got lots of loans to pay off! There’s my study loan, car loan and it’s timely I’ve got a nice pay cheque,” he smiled.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, who saw Lipsky surpass him as the Merit leader, ended the week as the highest placed Asian in tied 13th place after rounds of 70, 67, 68 and 64.
He lamented a poor start to his week but knows he must start playing catch-up now in the race for the Order of Merit crown. “I definitely needed this result (64) as it has been a tough week. I played well but I haven’t scored.”