JORDAN Smith has claimed his first European Tour win after a two-hole play-off at the Porsche European Open in Germany.

The 24-year-old, who was tied for the lead overnight, started off the day with a birdie three as he moved one shot clear of the field at 12 under-par.

His steady start to the morning then continued with four straight pars, but with defending champion Alexander Levy breathing down his neck, the Derry Hill man began to feel the pressure.

A bogey five on the sixth meant last year’s Challenge Tour winner, who is enjoying his first campaign at golf’s top table, was pegged back to a tied lead at the Green Eagle golf course.

With Levy making solid progress, the Bowood pro slipped to joint second when he dropped just his second shot in 33 holes with a bogey four on the eighth.

Smith, who will move up to 82 in the world following this success, was left one over-par following his front nine as the weather began to have its say in Hamburg. With wind swirling around, Smith did well to collect his third birdie of the day when it took him four strokes on the 11th.

However, his progress was then curtailed on the 13th with a bogey five as Smith, Levy and Siddikur Rahman all stayed on 11 under.

After watching Levy score a birdie on the par five 15th, Smith held his nerve fantastically well to match the Frenchman, as they both moved a shot clear of Bangladesh’s Rahman.

The long par five 16th saw Smith miss his birdie putt, meaning Levy took full advantage and opened up a one shot lead, as the Bowood pro only managed to register par.

A brave tee shot on the par three 17th gave Smith the chance to draw level, but the rookie missed his birdie putt, as Levy remained one shot ahead going into the final hole.

On the final hole Smith knew he had to better Levy’s efforts in order to force a play-off and that is exactly what he did.

After over hitting his effort into the rough, Smith recovered well to putt a birdie four, while Levy could only manage par to tie at 13 under-par.

Both Smith and the Frenchman then returned to the 18th, both could only manage a par five to force a second play-off hole after a dreadful miss from Levy.

The second time around it was Smith who pipped Levy on the 18th, when a fantastic chipped shot allowed him to putt for a birdie, while Levy could only muster a par.