CARLSBAD, Calif. – TaylorMade-adidas Tour Staff professional David Lipsky became the first American in nearly three decades to win the Omega European Masters Sunday, parring the first playoff hole after a final-round 65 propelled the young journeyman into the clubhouse lead. The victory capped a landmark week for the 26-year-old native of Los Angeles, who made the field on the merit of his Asian Tour status but left the co-sanctioned European Tour event with its trophy held high.
“It feels great,” said Lipsky. “I’ve played well the last couple of weeks and to put it all together is really something special.”
Equipped with the latest TaylorMade products, including an SLDR driver, fairway and Tour Preferred X golf ball, Lipsky defiantly birdied the 18th hole in the penultimate group, his approach settling inches from the cup before tapping in to post a total of 262 (-18).
Lipsky, a former All-American at Northwestern University, notably left the states following graduation in 2011 to make his professional debut on the Asian Tour. A valuable experience that developed him as a player, Lipsky said, his ensuing career path has been anything but steady. He won the Asian Tour’s Q School in January 2012 and not long after, his third competitive start, earning status on the Web.Com Tour for 2013.
Unable to keep his card in an up-and-down season, Lipsky’s move back to Asia at the start of 2014 could prove a career blessing. The spoils of his maiden win in Switzerland are numerable, including a $504,000 paycheck, and none more significant than a two-year exemption on the European Tour and a “winners category” exemption through the end of next season.