Matthew Fitzpatrick beats Scott Hend in Omega European Masters playoff

Scott Hend leads European Masters after weather-hit day

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

Matthew Fitzpatrick clinches his fourth European Tour title with a dramatic playoff victory over Australia's Scott Hend at the Omega European Masters. "I didn't hit a good drive on 14, missed a seven-footer for birdie on 10 and I left one three inches short on 13 too so obviously if you make those shots I'm leading by one".

"We kept our nerve and played really smart all week".

Fading light prevented Hend, who was denied victory at the same event previous year as he lost to Alex Noren in a play-off, from finishing his round.

Both carded 14-under totals of 266 having had early starts Sunday to complete their delayed third rounds.

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

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Of course, it was going to end up this way with the visitors forced to play the second half down to 10 men for about 53 minutes. Prior to the goal, the Reds had looked threatening but never came close to putting the ball into the back of the net.

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.

A long day for Fitzpatrick began with an 8 a.m. tee time for the final three holes of his third round.

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. Hend birdied the 15th while Fitzpatrick bogeyed the 17th to drop into a share of the lead.

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 led by three shots going into the final round and had an eight-foot putt to win on the second play-off hole at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

The 44-year-old Hend struck a magnificent iron shot to six feet from the pin, only to pull his putt for a third European Tour victory past the lip.

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