No weekend fireworks for Sharvin in Qatar

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Cormac Sharvin (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It wasn’t the weekend Cormac Sharvin would’ve hoped for as he struggled for momentum over the final two rounds at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Teeing up Saturday hoping for some moving day progress, the Ardglass professional struggled to a two-over par 73 to drop back to level par and that’s where he stayed after an even-par 71 closed out his tournament bid on Sunday.

In the end, the 26-year old finished in a lowly tie for 66th after trading two birdies with two bogeys in his final round effort. Still, it’s four rounds banked for the Northern Irishman who has plenty of time to find his feet in his Rookie season on the Main Tour. Sharvin collected €2,982 on top of that for his week’s work.

Jorge Campillo defeated David Drysdale in a play-off to win his second European Tour title in Doha.

The Spaniard held a two shot lead with two holes to play but a double bogey on the 17th dropped him back to 13 under and we went to extra holes for the second week in a row.

Campillo found sand off the tee on the first trip back up the last but a 25 foot putt brought a birdie which Drysdale matched from six feet.

A 20 footer brought another birdie for the 33-year-old and with Drysdale even closer to the hole than after his previous effort, the duo shared a fist bump before returning to the tee after another pair of birdies.

Both men made routine pars on the third and fourth play-off holes and were given a buggy to make their way down the fairway as the light began to fade in Doha. Another putt from beyond 20 feet brought Campillo a birdie and when Drysdale missed from similar range, Campillo was a two time winner in his 250th event after five extra trips up the last.

“I played not so good on the first few holes and then in the middle of the round I played okay,” said Campillo.

“Apart from 17 I was solid. You know how the mind works, I wasn’t expecting to make a bogey on 16, on that tee shot I was comfortable, but I was a little bit scared of the driver on 17. I missed it there and then I hit a bad putt, I don’t normally hit bad putts from off the green.

“I knew I was still in the game and I was able to pull it off. I hit some good shots coming in the middle of the round but you have to be patient, you have to try hard. I knew I was going to make some putts.”

Campillo had to wait 229 events for his first European Tour victory at the Trophée Hassan II but he has now won in consecutive seasons. For Drysdale, this was the 498th European Tour event without a win and a fourth runner up finish.

“It was a tough win but I’m glad I pulled it off,” said Campillo. “It’s been tough. I didn’t get to practise that much, too many things to do. Getting married and then the honeymoon.

“New caddie, new clubs so everything was a little different, my game was a little off, but I knew that with practice I would get to where I was.”

“It’s a great par four, 18. A tough hole. David was hitting some great shots into the hole and I had to make some putts. Three birdies out of six on 18 to win is something to be proud of.

“I’m just so proud right now of the way I played in the play-off. I hardly missed a shot and I was able to make some putts. I’m very thankful for everyone that helped me and Callaway with the new material that helped me a lot.”

Dane Jeff Winther bogeyed the 16th and 17th to finish one shot out of the play-off alongside Swede Niklas Lemke and Finn Kalle Samooja.

Swede Alexander Björk was at 11 under, a shot clear of countryman Marcus Kinhult, Italy’s Nino Bertasio, South African George Coetzee, Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal and England’s Chris Paisley.

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