Matt Fitzpatrick wins European Masters in playoff

Matt Fitzpatrick wins European Masters in playoff

Playing the last hole for the fifth time in the day proved a step too far for the Aussie, as his bogey allowed Fitzpatrick to tap in for the win.

He had started the round three shots behind Australian Hend but the pair had to settle for a play-off.

Matthew Fitzpatrick made a safe par 4 on the third extra hole to win the European Masters on Sunday, after firing a 6-under 64 to force a playoff.

"I'm delighted, as it's one that I've always wanted to win". But he also ends a bit of a drought, as prior to this week Fitzpatrick had not won a European Tour title since last November (at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).

Hend is not only looking to secure a third European Tour title but make amends in losing out in a play-off a year ago.

The three are among 12 players with holes to complete and round three will resume at 07:00 BST on Sunday, with round four scheduled to start at 08:55 in a three-ball format.

The Sheffield-born player briefly held a two-shot lead before making a bogey on the 17th hole.

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"We kept our nerve and played really smart all week".

Fitzpatrick started with bogeys on the first and third but gains on the sixth, seventh and ninth put the Ryder Cup star right back in the mix at an event where he has two previous top-10 finishes.

Still, his 11 under total was two ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick of England, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, and Darren Fichardt of South Africa.

India's Shiv Kapur carded two-under 68 in the final round to get to six- under 274 and finished tied 20th at the Omega European Masters golf tournament.

The lead was gone minutes later when Fitzpatrick bogeyed the par-4 17th, after finding a green-side bunker with his approach, and Hend birdied the par-5 15th.

Temperatures at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club dropped on Saturday and scoring became tough.

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