Fitz­patrick seals play­off vic­tory in Crans

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Matthew Fitz­patrick beat Scott Hend in a dra­matic play­off to win the Euro­pean Masters in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

The English­man en­tered the fi­nal round four shots be­hind Aus­tralian Hend but pro­duced a clos­ing 64 to get to 14 un­der and take the con­test to ex­tra holes in the Swiss Alps.

Hend – who lost to Alex Noren in a play­off at this event last sea­son – missed a six-foot putt for vic­tory on the sec­ond ex­tra hole but found sand off the tee on the next trip up the 18th and af­ter he flew the green with his sec­ond, a par was enough to seal vic­tory for Fitz­patrick.

De­lighted

“I’m de­lighted,” he said. “It’s one that I’ve al­ways wanted to win. I love play­ing this golf course, from the first ever year I came as an in­vite in 2014 it’s one that has re­ally stood out on my sched­ule and I al­ways want to come back and play.”

Fitz­patrick made four birdies and a bo­gey in his first eight holes to catch up to Hend and when he added fur­ther gains on the 10th, 14th, 15th and 16th, the Ry­der Cup star held a two-shot lead.

Hend then hit back with a birdie on the 15th and a Fitz­patrick bo­gey on the 17th set up the dra­matic fin­ish.

Mean­while Paul Dunne rounded off an in­dif­fer­ent week with a fi­nal round 70 – leav­ing him on three over par for the tour­na­ment.

Eng­land’s Tyrrell Hat­ton birdied four of his last six holes to fin­ish at 11 un­der along­side Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zan­otti, with an­other English­man in Lee Slat­tery two shots fur­ther back.

Scot Dun­can Ste­wart was then at eight un­der, with for­mer world num­ber one Lee West­wood fin­ish­ing at level par in his 500th Euro­pean Tour event.

Mathew Fitz­patrick: shot a clos­ing 64 to take the con­test to ex­tra holes

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