Fitzpatrick tops Hend in European Masters playoff

Arnold Nichols
September 11, 2017

The 48th-ranked Englishman sank his putt from less than three feet (one meter) while Scott Hend of Australia made a ragged bogey at the 18th hole on the scenic Swiss Alps course.

Fitzpatrick had completed 15 holes of his round, with Zanotti on the 14th fairway and Fichardt alongside Hend back on the tee when play was suspended due to fading light at 7.25pm local time.

Fitzpatrick, a Ryder Cup debutant previous year, acknowledged thinking that Hend would seize that chance after his own four metre birdie putt slid by the hole.

"It was a slow start and I'm disappointed not to be a couple better really", he said.

The Sheffield-born player briefly held a two-shot lead before making a bogey on the 17th hole.

Fitzpatrick recovered from bogeys at the first and third with three gains in four holes to make the turn in 34 and was flawless through the first six holes of his back nine.

Fabrizio Zanotti and Tyrrell Hatton finished in a tie for third on 11-under, while Finland's Mikko Ilonen was able to finish fifth one shot back.

Hend was defeated by an Alex Noren birdie on the first extra hole here last season en route to finishing a career-high 27th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Leading overnight by one shot, Hend was 2 over par for his 13 holes.

The lead was gone minutes later when Fitzpatrick bogeyed the par-4 17th, after finding a green-side bunker with his approach, and Hend birdied the par-5 15th.

India's Shiv Kapur carded two-under 68 in the final round to get to six- under 274 and finished tied 20th at the Omega European Masters golf tournament.

The 44-year-old Australian maintained his one-shot lead with his second round performance highlighted by an eagle on the seventh hole and five other birdies at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club here on Friday.

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