Broberg wins BMW Mas­ters in play­off

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SHANG­HAI: Swe­den’s Kristof­fer Broberg sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first play­off hole against Pa­trick Reed to cap­ture his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle at the BMW Mas­ters yes­ter­day. Broberg and Reed both fin­ished reg­u­la­tion at 17un­der 271 af­ter a mo­men­tum-shift­ing af­ter­noon that saw five play­ers briefly share the lead on the back nine. Both had a chance to clinch the win on the 18th hole in reg­u­la­tion, too, but left their birdie putts short from 10 feet out.

Two other ti­tle con­tenders, Thai­land’s Thongchai Jaidee and South Korea’s An Byeong-hun, also barely missed birdie putts on the 18th to get into the play­off. Reed surged into a share of the lead with an ea­gle from the bunker on the par-5 15th, then birdied the 16th hole to move one stroke clear of Broberg. The Amer­i­can slipped up on the next hole, how­ever, miss­ing a 4-footer for par that just caught the edge of the hole and curled away. Broberg hit his tee shot in the play­off straight down the fair­way for an easy ap­proach to the pin, while Reed landed in the rough off the tee and dropped his sec­ond shot in the bunker.

“All you can ask for is to have a chance come down late yes­ter­day and I’ve put my­self in that po­si­tion quite a bit re­cently and un­for­tu­nately haven’t got­ten in the win­ner’s cir­cle,” Reed said. “It hurts, but at the same time, I know what I’m work­ing on right now is definitely the right thing be­cause I’m mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. Just have to close one out.”

Broberg has been run­ner-up three times on the Euro­pean Tour over the past three years, but had yet to have a break­through win. Thongchai (71) and An (70) fin­ished in a share of third place with Hen­rik Sten­son (68) and Lu­cas Bjer­re­gaard (70) at 16 un­der, while Justin Rose (67) and Paul Casey (69) were an­other stroke back in joint-sev­enth.

Slump down

Ser­gio Gar­cia, who briefly had a share of the lead on the back nine, slumped down the stretch with a bo­gey and dou­ble bo­gey on his fi­nal two holes. He fin­ished in a tie for 11th place af­ter shoot­ing a 73.

Bjer­re­gaard had the early lead yes­ter­day af­ter making back-to-back birdies to start his round, but fell back af­ter making costly mis­takes on his ap­proach shots on No. 8 and 12, lead­ing to bo­geys.

Broberg caught him first, fol­lowed by Casey af­ter tap­ping in for birdie on the par-5 No. 13. Mo­ments later, Gar­cia made it a four-way tie at the top with a 25-foot ea­gle putt on the same hole. Then, af­ter Broberg holed a birdie on the 14th to take the out­right lead at 17 un­der, Reed came out of nowhere to join him with a beau­ti­ful iron shot from the bunker on the 15th that bounced once and rolled straight into the hole for ea­gle.

Play was halted on Sun­day dur­ing the fi­nal round of the BMW Mas­ters golf tour­na­ment in Shang­hai to ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence for the vic­tims of Fri­day’s ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris.

At noon, tour­na­ment of­fi­cials blew the horns on the course, nor­mally used to halt play due to in­clement weather, and all the play­ers stopped mo­men­tar­ily, took off their hats and bowed their heads for a minute of si­lence.

“You re­al­ize there’s so much things more im­por­tant than golf, for sure,” said France’s Ben­jamin He­bert, who wore a white hat with the words “Pray for Paris” writ­ten on it. “You wake up in the morn­ing and you see that on In­ter­net and TV and it’s just wow, it’s hap­pened al­ready this year, and you just don’t understand. “But you can’t stop liv­ing, ac­tu­ally, and that’s the thing in France, we won’t stop liv­ing.” — AP

SHANG­HAI: Kristof­fer Broberg of Swe­den re­acts while hold­ing his cham­pion tro­phy dur­ing the award cer­e­mony of the BMW Mas­ters golf tour­na­ment at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shang­hai, China yes­ter­day. — AP

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