Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Matt Fitzpatrick delighted with playoff win at European Masters

Matt Fitzpatrick delighted with playoff win at European Masters

Speaking after his win, Fitzpatrick said: "I'm delighted".

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

Fitzpatrick, a Ryder Cup debutant a year ago, acknowledged thinking that Hend would seize that chance after his own four metre birdie putt slid by the hole.

Hend pocketed $A450,000 for his troubles, but it was the second time in as many years he has been denied the title in a play-off.

Both players began the day early with holes to complete in their third rounds following weather-disrupted play on Saturday.

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Still, his 11 under total was two ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick of England, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, and Darren Fichardt of South Africa. It's never nice to see, but we kept our nerve and just played really smart all week. "He's a good champion".

The four leading players were due back on course at 8 a.m. on Sunday to finish the third round. The Englishman, 22, arrowed his ball to within six feet on the ninth to set up a third birdie of the day and when play ended he was one under for the round with three holes to complete.

The Queenslander, and with wife Leanne acting as caddy, led the co-sanctioned European and Asian Tour event on day one and two in moving to 13-under par. Hend birdied the 15th while Fitzpatrick bogeyed the 17th to drop into a share of the lead.

The Englishman was four shots off the pace heading into the final round, where he briefly held a two-stroke lead until a penultimate-hole bogey saw him finish alongside Hend on 14-under.

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.

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