SSP Chawrasia produced one of his best rounds on European soil with a solid 5-under 66 with seven birdies and two bogeys in the final round of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open at Verdura Golf Club. Chawrasia, who has been struggling a bit off late, finished T-41 and the final round ought to give him a lot of confidence.
Chawrasia birdied third but gave back the gains on the next hole. Three birdies in a row from seventh to ninth saw him turn in 3-under and he dropped a shot on 11th. Three more birdies from 15th to 17th saw him finish at 66.
Joakim Lagergren claimed his maiden European Tour title in dramatic fashion defeating Mike Lorenzo-Vera in a play-off at Verdura Golf Club. Lagergren's closing 68 got him to 16 under alongside Lorenzo-Vera - who signed for a 70. They were one ahead of England's Andy Sullivan and Australian Lucas Herbert, who matched the lowest round of the week with a 63.
The Swede hit a wonderful approach to eight feet set up a birdie on the first extra hole and handed him victory.
Lagergren's triumph makes him the second first-time Swedish winner in three weeks after Alexander Björk's victory at the Volvo China Open, and comes in his 131st European Tour appearance.
For Lorenzo-Vera, it is a second consecutive second-placed finish after he lost in the final at last week's GolfSixes alongside Romain Wattel.
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V Krishnaswamy is India's most widely travelled journalist. He has covered more than 20 Majors, Presidents Cup, EurAsia Cup and more than 120 international golf tournaments around the world. He has also covered seven Olympic Games, 8 Asian Games and 6 Commonwealth Games besides numerous World Championships in various sports.