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European Masters 2016

Round 4 - Alex Noren wins in a playoff

September 5, 2016

Alex Noren of Sweden sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Scott Hend of Australia in a playoff for the European Masters title on Sunday.

Noren fired a 5-under round of 65 to be tied at 17 under with Hend, the overnight leader who carded a 66 on the Swiss Alps course.

Playing the par-four 18th hole again in the playoff, Hend left his third shot from the fringe of the green well short before Noren's no-doubter putt earned a 450,000 euros ($502,000) winner's prize.

''It was a really fun day,'' said Noren, who won his sixth European Tour title on the same Swiss Alps course where his first came in 2009.

In third place, Andrew ''Beef'' Johnston of England went 5 under on the inward nine holes to card a 65, trailing Noren and Hend by three.

Lee Westwood was the best of Europe's Ryder Cup players, firing a 7-under 63 to place fourth, five strokes back.

Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion defending his title here, shot a 64 to finish tied for 12th place at 9 under.

Noren, who is poised to rise from his No. 39 world ranking, also won in July at the Scottish Open and believes he can handle pressure better since his now six-month-old daughter was born.

''I have a baby girl now and that takes up a lot of my focus,'' said the 34-year-old Swede, whose family joined him in Switzerland this week. ''It's only golf. It's not my whole life anymore.''

Noren needed only 30 shots for the outward nine, then dropped his first stroke at the par-4 10th. Hend began a stretch of three birdies in four holes from the 12th to cut the Swede's lead to one shot.

A three-putt by Noren at the 17th gave Hend a chance, which the Australian almost wasted on the 18th by pulling his tee shot left into the trees. Hend saved par to force the playoff as rain started to fall for the first time all week.

On a standout day for Europe's Ryder Cup players, Westwood's round edged 64s for fellow Englishmen Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick, the runner-up here last year who finished at 10 under.

Westwood holed his own long putt on the 18th for a seventh birdie in a round with no dropped shots. Still, a first-round 72 on Thursday left the 1999 European Masters winner too far back to challenge.

''On the first day I was a bit rusty,'' Westwood acknowledged. ''I haven't played much golf for four weeks before coming here.''

Westwood and Willett plan to play one more tournament before the Ryder Cup starts Sept. 30 at Hazeltine, Minnesota. Both will take one week off, then return at the Italian Open, played Sept. 15-18 at Monza.

''I'm looking forward to another week off for practice and then to Italy,'' Willett said, after a round had begun with bogey-5s at the first two holes.

Round 3 - Scott Hend leads heading in to Sunday

September 4, 2016

Australia's Scott Hend will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the European Masters in Switzerland after recording a five-under-par 65 on Saturday.

Hend is chasing a second title on the European Tour this season after victory in Thailand in March, and the 43-year-old could have been even more handily placed if not for a bogey on the final hole.

He made six birdies in his third round, including three in a row just before the turn, to sit on 13-under overall with the lone blemish coming at the 18th as Alex Noren turned up the pressure.

"I played really nice golf," Hend told Sky Sports. "I left a few shots out there but made a couple of par saves which made up for it. It was unfortunate on 18 when my ball managed to run between the bunkers down the cart path.

"One shot clear is better than none. I just want to play solid golf again and hopefully hole some more putts and see where we end up."

Swede Noren, winner of July's Scottish Open, carded a 66 boosted by three birdies over his last five holes to set up an intriguing final day at the Crans-sur-Sierre course in the Swiss Alps.

Joint-overnight leader Richard Bland shot a steady 69 to leave the Englishman three shots behind the leader, while compatriot Andrew Johnston is another stroke back alongside French rookie Romain Langasque, following a two-under 68.

Danny Willett's hopes of defending his title all but evaporated after he again struggled with inconsistency, mixing five birdies with as many bogeys in an even-par round of 70. He is three-under for the tournament.

Round 2 - Three lead at halfway

September 3, 2016

French rookie Romain Langasque surged into a three-way tie for the halfway lead at the European Masters in Switzerland on Friday following a sizzling seven-under-par 63 in his second round.

The 21-year-old, winner of last year's British Amateur Championship, charged to the top of the leaderboard after taking advantage of ideal morning conditions at the Crans-sur-Sierre course in the Swiss Alps.

Langasque, playing in just his fifth European Tour event, made five birdies and an eagle to climb to nine-under overall and sit level with Englishman Richard Bland and Australia's Richard Green.

"If I play good that's cool and if I play bad then it is no problem. I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure and maybe that's why I can play good," Langasque told Sky Sports.

"I'm quite sure I will be on the European Tour next year so I play without pressure.

"My hopes for the weekend? Win. I will try my best to win," added the Frenchman, who only turned professional in April after finishing 39th at the Masters.

Sweden's Alex Noren, who won the Scottish Open in July, matched Langasque's round of 63 with a flawless display featuring seven birdies to leave himself one stroke off the pace alongside Australian Scott Hend and Richard Lee of Canada.

Andrew Johnston is another shot back, but Masters champion Danny Willett, who won this event a year ago, struggled with inconsistency as a triple-bogey on the 12th hole bumped him down to three-under overall after a round of 72.

Willett is level with fellow Ryder Cup rookie Chris Wood, while Lee Westwood rebounded from a disappointing opening round by shooting a 66 on Friday.

Westwood, 43, will be making his 10th consecutive appearance in the Ryder Cup later this month as Europe seek to lift the trophy for the seventh time in eight contests when they take on the United States at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

Round 1 - Danny Willett opens with a 65

September 2, 2016

Danny Willett of England, the Masters champion on both sides of the Atlantic, shot a 5-under 65 to be one stroke off the lead after the European Masters first round on Thursday.

Willett began the defense of his title in the scenic Swiss Alps among nine players trailing joint leaders Paul Peterson of the United States, Frenchmen Gregory Havret and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, and Daniel Brooks of England.

Peterson, a lefty who won the Czech Masters two weeks ago, had four birdies in a five-hole section from 14 to 18 in his round of 64.

The group on 5 under included Andrew ''Beef'' Johnston of England.

Among Europe's Ryder Cup team, Lee Westwood shot a 2-over 72 and Matt Fitzpatrick had a 5-over 75. Captain Darren Clarke carded a 78.

Scores

1 SWE Alexander Noren -17 - 69 63 66 65 263
2 AUS Scott Hend -17 - 65 67 65 66 263
3 ENG Andrew Johnston -14 - 65 68 68 65 266
4 ENG Lee Westwood -12 - 72 66 67 63 268
T5 ENG Richard Bland -11 - 67 64 69 69 269
T5 FRA Julien Quesne -11 - 65 68 71 65 269
T7 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -10 - 75 65 66 64 270
T7 GER Florian Fritsch -10 - 67 69 66 68 270
T7 FRA Romain Langasque (Am) -10 - 68 63 70 69 270
T7 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -10 - 71 68 66 65 270
T7 ITA Renato Paratore -10 - 75 63 67 65 270
T12 SCO David Drysdale -9 - 70 68 64 69 271
T12 ENG Oliver Fisher -9 - 70 69 69 63 271
T12 FIN Mikko Ilonen -9 - 66 67 68 70 271
T12 FRA Raphael Jacquelin -9 - 69 69 67 66 271
T12 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -9 - 64 73 67 67 271
T12 GBR Danny Willett -9 - 65 72 70 64 271
T18 RSA George Coetzee -8 - 70 69 67 66 272
T18 DNK Joachim B Hansen -8 - 65 68 70 69 272
T18 FRA Alexander Levy -8 - 68 67 68 69 272
T18 CHN Hao-Tong Li -8 - 65 70 68 69 272
T18 ENG James Morrison -8 - 65 70 68 69 272
T18 ENG Anthony Wall -8 - 66 73 65 68 272
T24 ESP Alejandro Canizares -7 - 69 64 68 72 273
T24 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -7 - 69 67 72 65 273
T24 AUS Richard Green -7 - 65 66 71 71 273
T24 ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez -7 - 67 68 71 67 273
T24 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti -7 - 71 66 70 66 273
T29 ITA Nino Bertasio -6 - 66 71 67 70 274
T29 SWE Magnus A Carlsson -6 - 70 69 65 70 274
T29 ENG David Howell -6 - 67 68 70 69 274
T29 THA Thongchai Jaidee -6 - 72 68 70 64 274
T29 ENG Robert Rock -6 - 67 68 71 68 274
T29 CAN Richard T. Lee -6 - 67 65 75 67 274
35 ENG Daniel Brooks -5 - 64 73 72 66 275
T36 FRA Gregory Bourdy -4 - 72 68 68 68 276
T36 AUS Marcus Fraser -4 - 65 69 69 73 276
T36 FRA Benjamin Hebert -4 - 72 68 68 68 276
T36 SWE Rikard Karlberg -4 - 68 72 69 67 276
T36 ENG Graeme Storm -4 - 66 69 68 73 276
T41 RSA Darren Fichardt -3 - 70 68 71 68 277
T41 SCO Stephen Gallacher -3 - 72 68 70 67 277
T41 ENG Simon Khan -3 - 70 68 70 69 277
T41 IND Rashid Khan -3 - 73 65 67 72 277
T41 USA Corey Prugh -3 - 66 74 70 67 277
T41 ENG Callum Shinkwin -3 - 66 68 69 74 277
T41 FRA Romain Wattel -3 - 69 67 68 73 277
T41 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -3 - 68 70 70 69 277
T49 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -2 - 73 66 67 72 278
T49 TWN Shih-chang Chan -2 - 68 72 69 69 278
T49 USA Stewart Cink -2 - 70 69 70 69 278
T49 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -2 - 70 65 70 73 278
T49 FRA Gregory Havret -2 - 64 71 69 74 278
T49 SCO Paul Lawrie -2 - 70 68 73 67 278
T49 KOR Soomin Lee -2 - 68 68 70 72 278
T49 RSA Richard Sterne -2 - 66 73 72 67 278
T49 ENG Chris Wood -2 - 69 68 71 70 278
T58 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -1 - 72 67 69 71 279
T58 ENG Ross Fisher -1 - 72 63 70 74 279
T58 USA David Lipsky -1 - 71 69 69 70 279
T58 ESP Adrian Otaegui -1 - 71 66 72 70 279
T58 USA Paul Peterson -1 - 64 72 72 71 279
T58 SCO Richie Ramsay -1 - 71 68 69 71 279
T58 ENG Oliver Wilson -1 - 67 70 70 72 279
T65 IND Arjun Atwal Par - 71 69 69 71 280
T65 SWE Johan Carlsson Par - 68 72 72 68 280
T65 ITA Edoardo Molinari Par - 70 69 71 70 280
T68 THA Thitiphun Chuayprakong 2 - 73 66 73 70 282
T68 BRA Adilson Da Silva 2 - 68 71 71 72 282
T68 AUS Nathan Holman 2 - 72 63 75 72 282
T71 ENG Matt Ford 3 - 71 68 72 72 283
T71 GER Sven Struver 3 - 71 69 71 72 283
73 ESP Carlos Pigem 4 - 67 69 73 75 284
T74 ENG John Parry 6 - 67 73 75 71 286
T74 ENG Steve Webster 6 - 66 73 74 73 286
76 JPN Masahiro Kawamura 7 - 70 68 71 78 287
77 AUS Brett Rumford 11 - 70 68 84 69 291
CUT CHI Felipe Aguilar 1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT AUS Andrew Dodt 1 - 66 75 - - 141
CUT ESP Nacho Elvira 1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT RSA Trevor Fisher Jr. 1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT FIN Roope Kakko 1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT SWE Joakim Lagergren 1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Steve Lewton 1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT THA Natipong Srithong 1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Andrew Sullivan 1 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT SCO Marc Warren 1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge 2 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 2 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT SWE Jens Fahbring 2 - 73 69 - - 142
CUT RSA Jbe Kruger 2 - 71 71 - - 142
CUT IND Chiragh Kumar 2 - 69 73 - - 142
CUT - Chieh-po Lee 2 - 73 69 - - 142
CUT THA Prom Meesawat 2 - 69 73 - - 142
CUT ENG Chris Paisley 2 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 3 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT WAL Rhys Davies 3 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT GER Marcel Siem 3 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 4 - 76 68 - - 144
CUT ENG Ben Evans 4 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT CHE Jeremy Freiburghaus 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT ENG Tyrrell Hatton 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT NIR Michael Hoey 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT TWN Chien-yao Hung 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT GER Maximilian Kieffer 4 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT SGP Mardan Mamat 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 4 - 78 66 - - 144
CUT BGD Siddikur Rahman 4 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT IND S.S.P Chawurasia 5 - 79 66 - - 145
CUT CHE Raphael De Sousa 5 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT MAL Nicholas Fung 5 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 5 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT FIN Mikko Korhonen 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero 5 - 77 68 - - 145
CUT IND Himmat Singh Rai 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ENG Lee Slattery 5 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT PHL Miguel Tabuena 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ESP Jorge Campillo 6 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT ITA Luca Cianchetti 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT IRL Paul Dunne 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT SWE Mathias Gronberg 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT SCO Craig Lee 6 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell 6 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT FRA Gary Stal 6 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin 7 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT SWE Joel Girrbach 7 - 77 70 - - 147
CUT GER Allen John 7 - 76 71 - - 147
CUT USA Jason Knutzon 7 - 78 69 - - 147
CUT FRA Thomas Linard 7 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT FRA Jeff Lucquin 7 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen 7 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT LKA Mithun Perera 7 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT IND Jyoti Randhawa 7 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT ESP Borja Virto 7 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT THA Danthai Boonma 8 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG Gary Boyd 8 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT AUS Samuel Brazel 8 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez 8 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT THA Jazz Janewattananond 8 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT USA Paul Scaletta 8 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 8 - 70 78 - - 148
CUT KOR Y.E. Yang 8 - 79 69 - - 148
CUT USA Bryson DeChambeau 9 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 9 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 9 - 70 79 - - 149
CUT ESP Javier Colomo 10 - 72 78 - - 150
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 10 - 72 78 - - 150
CUT ITA Luca Galliano 11 - 77 74 - - 151
CUT KOR Jin Jeong 11 - 79 72 - - 151
CUT CHE Neal Woernhard 11 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT NIR Darren Clarke 14 - 78 76 - - 154
CUT FRA Edouard Espana 14 - 78 76 - - 154
CUT SWE Marco Iten 16 - 77 79 - - 156
RET SWE Kristoffer Broberg 1 - - - - - 0
RET SWE Jeff Winther 7 - 73 - - - 73

 





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