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European Masters 2017

Round 4- Matthew Fitzpatrick wins in a playoff

September 10, 2017

Matthew Fitzpatrick made a safe par 4 on the third extra hole to win the European Masters on Sunday, after firing a 6-under 64 to force a playoff.

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

Fitzpatrick earned a 450,000-euro ($542,000) prize for his first win since the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai last November.

It was a fourth career title for the 23-year-old former U.S. Amateur winner.

Hend again pocketed 300,000 euros ($361,000) for losing the title in a playoff for the second straight year.

Both carded 14-under totals of 266 having had early starts Sunday to complete their delayed third rounds. On Saturday, play was suspended because of fog, while fading light brought the leading groups in early.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (66) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (68) finished three back on 11 under in a tie for third place.

A playoff was needed because Fitzpatrick and third-round leader Hend (68) both missed mid-range birdie chances on the 18th in regulation.

Hend also missed from five feet for victory on the 18th green in the second playoff hole.

Fitzpatrick, a Ryder Cup debutant last year, said he thought Hend would seize that chance after his own 12-feet (4-meter) birdie putt slid by the hole.

''It's never nice to see,'' Fitzpatrick said of Hend's miss, ''but we kept our nerve and we played really smart all week.''

Hend acknowledged that ''I had the opportunity and I didn't take it. Fitzpatrick played great to win. He's a good champion.''

A long day for Fitzpatrick began with an 8 a.m. tee time for the final three holes of his third round. He bogeyed the 16th and fell four shots behind Hend for his return to the course three hours later.

Fitzpatrick surged after a steady start to the final round, and led by two shots when he birdied the par-3 16th. That made it seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch.

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.

Defending champion Alex Noren of Sweden was tied for sixth place on 9 under after a 66. Lee Westwood, the 1999 winner at the Crans-sur-Sierre club that is blanketed with snow each winter, finished on level par after a closing 69.

Round 3 - Scott Hend stretches lead

September 9, 2017

Scott Hend of Australia extended his lead to two strokes when play was suspended during the weather-affected European Masters third round on Saturday.

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Hend birdied the par-3 13th hole minutes before fading light forced the players off a second time. Earlier, fog shrouding the Swiss Alps course caused a two-hour, 24-minute stoppage.

Leading overnight by one shot, Hend was 2 over par for his 13 holes. Still, his 11 under total was two ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick of England, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, and Darren Fichardt of South Africa.

The four leading players were due back on course at 8 a.m. on Sunday to finish the third round.

The clubhouse leaders at 8 under were Marcus Fraser of Australia, Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark and Dean Burmester of South Africa.

Round 2 - Scott Hend takes over lead

September 8, 2017

Scott Hend of Australia shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to follow his opening 64 and led the European Masters by one stroke after the second round.

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Hend had an eagle and five birdies, four from the 14th hole onward, to lead South African Darren Fichardt whose 63 left him alone at 12 under.

Three shots further back were Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, and Todd Sinnott of Australia.

A three-player group on 8-under included European Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick of England and American Julian Suri, who both shot 65.

The lowest score on a sunny day in the Swiss Alps was a 62 by Englishman Lee Slattery, 13 shots better than his opening round.

Tommy Fleetwood, the European Tour leader, missed the cut at 2-over after a par-70 round on the scenic course at Crans-sur-Sierre club.

Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, was further adrift at 8-over. The Englishman, who won here in 2015, shot a 72.

Hend was runner-up in this event last year when losing in a playoff to Alex Noren of Sweden, the world No. 12 who is the highest-ranked player in the tournament.

Noren was on 3-under after a 67 Friday, alongside overnight co-leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. The 53-year-old Spaniard shot a 73 to follow his opening 64 and was in a tie for 32nd place.

Lee Westwood also shot 67 to stand at 2-under, 11 shots behind the 98th-ranked Hend.

Round 1 - Miguel Angel Jimenez shares lead

September 8, 2017

Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 6-under round of 64 to be in a three-way tie for the lead after the European Masters first round on Thursday.

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Aged 53, Jimenez had seven birdies and a single bogey on the picturesque Swiss Alps course to share the top of the leaderboard with 30th-ranked Tyrrell Hatton of England and Scott Hend of Australia.

Jimenez also competes on the senior tour and already holds the European Tour record as the oldest winner. At 50, his 2014 Spanish Open title was his 21st on the tour.

Six players were one shot behind the leaders, including Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand. The European Masters is also an Asian Tour event.

Among five players on 4 under was American golfer Daniel Im, who aced the 175-yard (160-meter) eighth hole with a seven iron.

Two-time European Masters champion Alex Noren of Sweden opened his title defense with a level-par round.

In his 500th start on the European Tour, Lee Westwood of England carded a 1-over 71.

Scores

1 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -14 - 67 65 70 64 266
2 AUS Scott Hend -14 - 64 63 71 68 266
T3 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti -11 - 66 65 70 68 269
T3 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -11 - 64 71 68 66 269
5 FIN Mikko Ilonen -10 - 70 70 66 64 270
T6 SWE Alexander Noren -9 - 70 67 68 66 271
T6 RSA Darren Fichardt -9 - 65 63 74 69 271
T6 ENG Lee Slattery -9 - 75 62 68 66 271
T9 ARG Andres Romero -8 - 69 68 69 66 272
T9 CHI Ashun Wu -8 - 69 69 66 68 272
T9 SCO Duncan Stewart -8 - 65 70 68 69 272
T9 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -8 - 68 67 67 70 272
T9 RSA Richard Sterne -8 - 68 65 70 69 272
T9 NZL Ryan Fox -8 - 65 67 72 68 272
T9 THA Thongchai Jaidee -8 - 65 66 74 67 272
T16 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -7 - 68 65 69 71 273
T16 USA Daniel Im -7 - 66 68 73 66 273
T16 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -7 - 69 69 69 66 273
T16 THA Poom Saksansin -7 - 70 66 68 69 273
T20 ESP Nacho Elvira -6 - 70 64 70 70 274
T20 USA Julian Suri -6 - 67 65 72 70 274
T20 FRA Julien Quesne -6 - 70 68 70 66 274
T20 ENG Marcus Armitage -6 - 68 70 69 67 274
T20 AUS Marcus Fraser -6 - 68 68 66 72 274
T20 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia -6 - 67 72 67 68 274
T20 SWE Rikard Karlberg -6 - 69 70 65 70 274
T20 IND Shiv Kapur -6 - 68 67 71 68 274
T20 SCO Stephen Gallacher -6 - 68 65 70 71 274
T20 ENG Tom Lewis -6 - 70 68 71 65 274
T30 ENG David Horsey -5 - 73 66 68 68 275
T30 USA David Lipsky -5 - 67 70 69 69 275
T30 RSA Dean Burmester -5 - 70 64 68 73 275
T30 NED Joost Luiten -5 - 67 68 73 67 275
T30 DNK Lasse Jensen -5 - 68 68 72 67 275
T30 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -5 - 70 70 66 69 275
T30 SCO Richie Ramsay -5 - 69 67 75 64 275
T37 BRA Adilson Da Silva -4 - 66 70 70 70 276
T37 ESP Carlos Pigem -4 - 66 67 72 71 276
T37 ENG Chris Hanson -4 - 70 67 70 69 276
T37 RSA Dylan Frittelli -4 - 68 71 71 66 276
T37 RSA Haydn Porteous -4 - 69 69 68 70 276
T37 ENG James Morrison -4 - 69 67 75 65 276
T37 USA Paul Peterson -4 - 67 70 70 69 276
T44 ENG Anthony Wall -3 - 70 68 70 69 277
T44 ENG Daniel Brooks -3 - 70 67 72 68 277
T44 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -3 - 70 68 70 69 277
T44 ITA Nino Bertasio -3 - 69 69 67 72 277
T44 AUS Todd Sinnott -3 - 65 66 72 74 277
T49 FRA Benjamin Hebert -2 - 70 69 67 72 278
T49 SWE Joakim Lagergren -2 - 68 70 69 71 278
T49 ARG Ricardo Gonzalez -2 - 69 65 74 70 278
T52 SCO David Drysdale -1 - 65 69 70 75 279
T52 ENG Richard Bland -1 - 70 70 71 68 279
T54 AUS Brett Rumford Par - 67 73 69 71 280
T54 FRA Damien Perrier Par - 67 72 68 73 280
T54 CHI Felipe Aguilar Par - 68 72 73 67 280
T54 GER Florian Fritsch Par - 67 69 69 75 280
T54 FRA Gregory Havret Par - 69 68 71 72 280
T54 ENG Lee Westwood Par - 71 67 73 69 280
T54 GER Maximilian Kieffer Par - 68 67 73 72 280
T54 THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert Par - 72 66 70 72 280
T54 AUS Sam Brazel Par - 68 72 70 70 280
T54 USA Sean Crocker Par - 66 74 68 72 280
64 FRA Gary Stal 1 - 72 68 71 70 281
T65 RSA Justin Walters 2 - 70 70 73 69 282
T65 ESP Pablo Larrazabal 2 - 68 72 72 70 282
T65 FRA Raphael Jacquelin 2 - 71 69 72 70 282
T65 FRA Romain Wattel 2 - 67 69 73 73 282
T65 SCO Scott Henry 2 - 72 67 77 66 282
T70 ENG Luke Donald 3 - 68 71 72 72 283
T70 ENG Matt Wallace 3 - 72 68 72 71 283
T70 ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez 3 - 64 73 77 69 283
T70 IRL Paul Dunne 3 - 69 71 73 70 283
T74 AUS Jason Scrivener 4 - 70 69 73 72 284
T74 SUI Luca Galliano 4 - 70 70 71 73 284
T74 GER Marcel Siem 4 - 71 67 75 71 284
77 AUS Nathan Holman 5 - 69 70 75 71 285
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge 1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT FRA Gregory Bourdy 1 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT POR Jose-Filipe Lima 1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT SCO Marc Warren 1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT THA Natipong Srithong 1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT SWE Peter Hanson 1 - 67 74 - - 141
CUT ENG Robert Rock 1 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT ENG Sam Walker 1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT BEL Thomas Detry 1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT AUS Wade Ormsby 1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Chris Wood 2 - 73 69 - - 142
CUT AUS Jason Norris 2 - 74 68 - - 142
CUT MAS Jazz Janewattananond 2 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT RSA Jbe Kruger 2 - 70 72 - - 142
CUT SUI Jeremy Freiburghaus 2 - 74 68 - - 142
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero 2 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon 2 - 67 75 - - 142
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 2 - 77 65 - - 142
CUT ENG Tommy Fleetwood 2 - 72 70 - - 142
CUT FRA Adrien Bernadet 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT ENG Graeme Storm 3 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT SWE Johan Carlsson 3 - 74 69 - - 143
CUT IND Rashid Khan 3 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT ENG Ross Fisher 3 - 74 69 - - 143
CUT ZIM Scott Vincent 3 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 3 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT IND Shiv Chawrasia 3 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 4 - 69 75 - - 144
CUT AUS Andrew Dodt 4 - 76 68 - - 144
CUT ENG Callum Shinkwin 4 - 69 75 - - 144
CUT WAL Jamie Donaldson 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT SWE Magnus A. Carlsson 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT JPN Masahiro Kawamura 4 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT THA Panuphol Pittayarat 4 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT SWE Pontus Widegren 4 - 78 66 - - 144
CUT IND Rahil Gangjee 4 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT FRA Victor Dubuisson 4 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT THA Danthai Boonma 5 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT RSA George Coetzee 5 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT ENG Jordan Smith 5 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT PHI Miguel Tabuena 5 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher 5 - 76 69 - - 145
CUT CHE Raphael De Sousa 5 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT ITA Renato Paratore 5 - 70 75 - - 145
CUT FRA Romain Langasque 5 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT FRA Alexander Levy 6 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT SWE Benjamin Rusch 6 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT AUT Bernd Wiesberger 6 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT ITA Luca Cianchetti 6 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 6 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT IND Seenappa Chikkarangappa 6 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT THA Thitiphun Chuayprakong 6 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer 7 - 77 70 - - 147
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 7 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ESP Jorge Campillo 7 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT THA Phachara Khongwatmai 7 - 71 76 - - 147
CUT THA Rattanon Wannasrichan 7 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT TPE Shih-Chang Chan 7 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT RSA Brandon Stone 8 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT ENG Chris Paisley 8 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT MAL Danny Chia 8 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG Danny Willett 8 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT THA Piya Swangarunporn 8 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT THA Thaworn Wiratchant 8 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT MAL Nicholas Fung 9 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 9 - 78 71 - - 149
CUT GER Alexander Knappe 10 - 81 69 - - 150
CUT ESP Javier Ballesteros 10 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT SWE Mathias Groenberg 10 - 75 75 - - 150
CUT TPE Wei-Chih Lu 10 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT BAN Mohammad Siddikur Rahman 11 - 73 78 - - 151
CUT SUI Arthur Ameil-Planchin 12 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT ITA Giacomo Fortini 12 - 72 80 - - 152
CUT SUI Jean-Luc Burnier 15 - 77 78 - - 155
CUT FRA Hugo Rouillon 18 - 82 76 - - 158
CUT AUT Luca Denk 19 - 82 77 - - 159
RET KOR Soo-Min Lee Par - 75 5 - - 80
RET DEN Thomas Bjorn Par - 5 - - - 5

 





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