Alvaro Quiros tops Zander Lombard in playoff for Rocco Forte Open win

The best of the action from a day of low scoring at the Rocco Forte Open

Alvaro Quiros claimed a long-awaited victory at the Rocco Forte Open to regain his European Tour card, but was forced to come through a play-off with Zander Lombard after a dramatic back-nine collapse.

Quiros began the day with a five-shot lead and responded to Lombard's birdies at the first two holes with four of his own at the second, fourth, fifth and sixth to extend his advantage to seven. I'm happy with where I am right now. "The game wasn't that bad, just the last few holes I started to struggle into the wind".

Ormsby, who has been a professional for 16 years after a collegiate career in Houston, bookended his round today with bogeys but in between there were eight birdies, further indication that is game is back on track.

The pair had finished tied on 14 under par, one shot ahead of China's Li Haotong, who had an albatross on the 12th in a closing 66 but had to be persuaded to get off a bus heading to the airport as the final group stumbled over the closing stretch.

"It was hard towards the end, I used up a lot of adrenaline yesterday", Hoey commented, referring to Thursday when he came close to recording the European Tour's first ever round of 59.


"It's a very nice situation I am in now".

The final words came from the victor who will try to restart a career that looked so promising in 2010, when his big-hitting delighted fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

"(Starting with) eight consecutive pars was a typical situation for me to blow my mind because I'm not shooting low, and today was a big step forward, mentally speaking, in trying to be patient".

"I didn't have an idea how many shots I was leading by, what I knew on 18 is I have to make a putt to halve with Zander".

Further down the field, former Masters champion Mike Weir made his first halfway cut since November 2014 after a battling display in Sicily.

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