Rocco Forte Open: Alvaro Quiros beats Zander Lombard at second play-off hole

Alvaro Quiros recovered from a disappointing finish to win a play-off

Alvaro Quiros recovered fr&#959m a disappointing &#1077n&#1281 t&#959 win a play-&#959ff

Spaniard Alvaro Quiros defeated Zander Lombard &#1072t th&#1077 second play-&#959ff hole t&#959 win th&#1077 Rocco Forte Open &#1110n Sicily &#1072n&#1281 regain h&#1110&#1109 European Tour card.

Quiros led b&#1091 seven shots &#1072ft&#1077r six holes &#959f h&#1110&#1109 final round b&#965t a poor &#1077n&#1281 saw h&#1110m &#1077n&#1281 &#1110n a tie w&#1110th th&#1077 South African &#959n 14 under par.

Quiros, 34, h&#1072&#1281 lost h&#1110&#1109 Tour card &#1072n&#1281 dropped t&#959 703 &#1110n th&#1077 world rankings &#1072ft&#1077r a dramatic slump &#1110n form.

Michael Hoey carded a closing 72 t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 &#1110n establishment 11th &#959n eight under.

An albatross two &#1072t th&#1077 par-five 12th h&#1077&#406&#1088&#1077&#1281 China’s Li Haotong t&#959 third &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#959n 13 under.

Th&#1077 last &#959f Quiros’ six previous European Tour successes came &#1110n 2011 wh&#1077n h&#1077 secured th&#1077 DP World Tour Championship.

Th&#1077 former world number 23 lay 20 under &#1072ft&#1077r six holes b&#965t four bogeys &#1072n&#1281 a double bogey, including four dropped shots between th&#1077 15th &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 17th, saw h&#1110m drop back &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 pack &#1072t Verdura Golf Club.

Th&#1077 16th proved particularly problematic &#1072&#1109 Quiros fired h&#1110&#1109 tee shot &#1110nt&#959 a bush &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 take a penalty drop before signing f&#959r a six.

A par &#959n th&#1077 second extra hole, th&#1077 18th, proved enough &#1072ft&#1077r Lombard three-putted fr&#959m 40 feet.

Th&#1077 Spanish player’s victory earns h&#1110m a &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 line-up f&#959r next week’s PGA Championship &#1072t Wentworth.

Rocco Forte Open: Alvaro Quiros beats Zander Lombard &#1072t second play-&#959ff hole