Fitzpatrick beats Hend in playoff to win European Masters

Scott Hend increases lead to 2 at suspended European Masters			Stuart Franklin  Getty Images

Scott Hend increases lead to 2 at suspended European Masters Stuart Franklin Getty Images

Speaking after his win, Fitzpatrick said: "I'm delighted".

The Australian carded a two-under 68 on Sunday having taken a three-shot lead into the final round, leaving him still waiting for a third European Tour title and a first in Europe.

The Englishman closed the Omega European Masters with a 6-under 64 Sunday to make up a four-shot deficit on Scott Hend and then defeated the Aussie in a three-hole playoff for the title.

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

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

Hend pocketed $A450,000 for his troubles, but it was the second time in as many years he has been denied the title in a play-off.

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Crystal Palace face a Burnley side that have started the season impressively, and the encounter at Turf Moor will be a hard one. I have a very good positive feeling from what we have seen in this week when everyone was together.

After a rain-affected day on Saturday, both players had holes to complete before they could start their final round.

Still, his 11 under total was two ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick of England, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, and Darren Fichardt of South Africa. That made it seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch.

A long day for Fitzpatrick began with an 8 a.m. tee time for the final three holes of his third round. Hend birdied the 15th while Fitzpatrick bogeyed the 17th to drop into a share of the lead.

The Australian entered round three at 13 under with a one-shot lead and despite dropping two shots in his first 13 holes on a tough day when two hours and 24 minutes were lost to fog, he extended his advantage at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

Defending champion Noren carded a 67 to tie in 32nd position on 137 alongside a host of players, which include former victor and Asian Tour Order of Merit leader David Lipsky, who signed for a 70.

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