Matthew Fitzpatrick beats Scott Hend in Omega European Masters playoff

Jessica Allison
September 11, 2017

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.

The Australian carded a two-under 68 on Sunday having taken a three-shot lead into the final round, leaving him still waiting for a third European Tour title and a first in Europe. 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 showed his delight in holing a two-metre birdie putt at the par three, 13 hole by throwing both arms into air and move back to 11-under par on the Crans-sur-Sierre high in the Swiss Alps.

This is the second straight year Hend, who closed in 2-under 70, loses this tournament in a playoff (he did so to Alex Noren in 2016).

Both players were tied for the lead at 14-under to go into a play-off. It's never nice to see, but we kept our nerve and just played really smart all week.

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A clumsy bunker shot on the fourth then saw Hend drop a first shot of the day and when Zanotti drove the green on the seventh to get down in two with Hend again finding bunker trouble on the eighth, the lead was shared.

Swede Alexander Björk, Thai Thongchai Jaidee and South African Richard Sterne were all at eight under with holes to complete when play resumes at 8.00am on Sunday morning.

The Englishman actually held a two-shot advantage at one stage, before Hend's birdie at 15th made it one and then Fitzpatrick bogeyed 17th.

The 30-year-old hit one bogey and even a double-bogey, but it was a splendid eight birdies which shot him right up in touch with the leaders, sitting just a shot back from three players tied on six-under - Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Englishman Tyrell Hatton and Australian Scott Hend.

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