Jeunghun Wang snatches play-off victory at the Trophee Hassan II
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 08/05/16 8:31pm
Jeunghun Wang birdied the 18th hole three times on Sunday to snatch play-off victory over Nacho Elvira at the Trophee Hassan II.
The Korean made a 15-foot birdie last to join Elvira on five under in Rabat and force a play-off, where he repeated the feat on both extra holes to claim a maiden European Tour title.
Wang chipped from the rough and drained a 35-footer at the first play-off hole to match Elvira's two-putt gain, before taking advantage of the Spaniard missing the green with his approach to the 18th at the next time of asking.
"I'm so excited right now, I don't think I will sleep tonight," Wang said. "That shot was really fantastic and then I miss on the right [in the play-off], so I was just trying to make a birdie with a hard chip.
"Actually, I didn't think about birdie, I didn't think about anything, I just putted and it went in."
England's Robert Rock and France's Clement Bernardo finished a shot off the pace, with overnight leader Chris Hanson a further stroke back after a final-round 75.
Just nine players ended the week under par after another day of tough scoring conditions, with the morning starters playing in the worst of the weather.
Resuming one-shot clear, Hanson lost his advantage to Berardo when he double-bogeyed the eighth and dropped another shot at the tenth, although he kept in touch by rolling in a gain at the next.
Berardo topped the leaderboard for a large chunk of the final round and reached six under with a three at the par-four 13th, only to slip back with three blemishes in a four-hole stretch.
Rock briefly held a share of the lead when he also picked up his third shot of the day on the 13th, but saw his hopes ended with successive dropped shots from the 15th.
One-time tournament leader Jason Scrivener closed a level-par 72 to finish the week inside the top 10, while a hat-trick of bogeys on the front nine from top-seed Dean Burmester saw the South African end seven strokes back.