Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm loses dramatic play-off in Omega European Masters.

Graeme Storm in action during the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Graeme Storm in action during the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland

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HARTLEPOOL’s Graeme Storm suffered heartache at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland in a dramatic play-off defeat.

American David Lipsky won his first European Tour title after an extraordinary finish in Switzerland.

Lipsky almost holed his approach to the 18th hole to card a closing 65 and force a play-off with 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 contest appeared over when Storm’s drive missed the fairway and finished up against a wall, forcing the former French Open champion to pitch 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 to two feet and holed for the winning par after Storm missed from long range.

American Brooks Koepka was tied for the lead with Storm until a bogey on the 17th, where his wayward approach plugged in a greenside bunker.

Koepka finished joint third alongside England’s Tyrrell Hatton, with Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood another shot back in fifth.

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