Rounds of 70 and 68 put him right back in the mix before a final 66.
“I started with three birdies in a row and made a really great par on the fourth where I was in the trees,” he said. “I hit it on to the second fairway and then hit a wedge to 20ft and holed it for a par which kept me going.
“I made birdie again on the next and had a lot of opportunities after that but didn’t hole many. I kept going and did make a few birdies on the back nine.”
In the playoff, Handy birdied the 16th as Ainscough made bogey before the 17th was shared in pars. At the 18th, Handy made a solid par while Ainscough was bunkered twice and made bogey to mean the trophy returned to South Moor.