Matthew Fitz­patrick Wins Omega Euro­pean Masters

The first man to suc­cess­fully de­fend the ti­tle

Golf Asia - - CONTENTS - BY EL­SPETH BURN­SIDE

Matthew Fitz­patrick edged out Den­mark's Lu­cas Bjer­re­gaard in a play­off to be­come the first man to suc­cess­fully de­fend the Euro­pean Masters ti­tle at Crans Mon­tana since Seve Ballesteros 40 years ago.

The 24-year-old English­man, who missed out on a Ry­der Cup wild­card pick, birdied the 18th to reach 17-un­der par for the tour­na­ment and force a play­off, be­fore re­peat­ing the feat on the first sud­den-death hole to claim vic­tory. It was Fitz­patrick's fifth Euro­pean Tour ti­tle in only three years.

"This is what I wanted to achieve this sea­son, an­other win," he told eu­ro­pean­tour. com. "To get it here again is so spe­cial and to get my fifth is amaz­ing. I love this place. Of all my wins I'd say that was def­i­nitely

the most dif­fi­cult. I didn't have my A game to­day, de­spite lov­ing this place I just didn't play my best to­day. I man­aged to grind it out, made some cru­cial birdies com­ing in and I'm de­lighted. This is one of my best."

The world num­ber 44 took a two-shot lead into the fi­nal day but started slowly with two bo­geys in the first six holes to slip two strokes adrift of Bjer­re­gaard. But he stead­ied the ship and a birdie at the par-five 15th saw him cut the gap to just a sin­gle shot.

His play­ing part­ner, French­man Mike Lorenzo-vera, led briefly be­fore a costly dou­ble-bo­gey on 14, and both were left need­ing to birdie the last to tie Bjer­re­gaard in the club­house. Lorenzo-vera bo­geyed, but Fitz­patrick fired an ex­cel­lent iron shot to just a few feet and con­verted the putt with ease.

An­other strong ap­proach to the same green fol­lowed just min­utes later, with a dead-eyed putt se­cur­ing the win.

The fi­nal round of the tour­na­ment on Sun­day also be­gan with a spe­cial an­nounce­ment from Omega, re­veal­ing that the 2019 Omega Masters will fea­ture the brand’s three male golf­ing am­bas­sadors, Rory Mcil­roy, Ser­gio Gar­cia and Tommy Fleet­wood. Placed amongst the very best play­ers in the world, they will cer­tainly be an ex­cit­ing trio to watch and Omega is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing them to Crans­mon­tana next year.

Orig­i­nally known as “The Swiss Open”, the Omega Euro­pean Masters is renowned for its her­itage, famed win­ners and ma­jes­tic moun­tain scenery that de­lights play­ers and spec­ta­tors ev­ery year.

Although it was first played in 1923, this pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion has been ti­tle spon­sored by Omega since 2001. Tak­ing place in Switzer­land, it is a proud “home ad­van­tage” for the brand.

Matthew Fitz­patrick & Pres­i­dent and CEO of OMEGA Ray­nald Aeschli­mann

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