The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Catlin holds his nerve in marathon play-off to chalk up win No 3

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John Catlin defeated Maximilian Kieffer on the fifth hole of a dramatic play-off to claim a third win in eight months at golf ’s Austrian Open.

The American carded a bogey-free 65 in the final round to set the target at 14 under and it looked like that might be good enough when Kieffer found sand off the tee on the par-three 18th hole when needing a par.

Kieffer showed great nerve in making his upand-down and when the duo could not be separated after four more trips up the last, the German’s mind must have been cast back almost eight years to the day when he lost out in a nine-hole play-off at the Open de Espana.

But he put himself in serious trouble when he found water off the tee at the fifth attempt, and he did it twice more from the drop zone, carding an eight to allow Catlin to take the trophy with a bogey four.

Catlin won twice on the European Tour in three weeks in September last year and after moving back into the top 100 in the world, he is now aiming for that allimporta­nt top 50 and entry into the major championsh­ips.

Former world No 1 Martin Kaymer entered the final day in a share of the lead but dropped three shots in his first three holes in a 70 to finish at 11 under. Craig Howie was top Scot.

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