Omega Masters: Matthew Fitzpatrick beats Lucas Bjerregaard in play-off to defend title in Switzerland
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|Omega European Masters final-round leaderboard|
|-17 M Fitzpatrick (Eng)*, L Bjerregaard (Den); -15 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra); -12 N Elvira (Spa); -11 D Brooks (Eng).|
|Selected others: -7 L Westwood (Eng); -6 L Canter (Eng), R McEvoy (Eng), C Shinkwin (Eng).|
|*won at first play-off hole|
England's Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed a fifth European Tour win after edging out Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard in a play-off to defend the Omega European Masters title in Switzerland.
Fitzpatrick birdied the first play-off hole after finishing level with Bjerregaard at 17 under after 72 holes.
Bjerregaard carded a final round seven-under 63, with Fitzpatrick making a birdie at the last for a 67.
France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera (67) finished third, two shots off the pace.
Fitzpatrick, 24, became the first player since Seve Ballesteros in 1978 to successfully defend the title at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
The world number 44 had entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Lorenzo-Vera after carding a bogey-free third round of seven-under 63.
"It was really tough, of all of my wins this was the most difficult," Fitzpatrick said.
"I didn't have my A game today, despite loving this place I just didn't play my best today. I managed to grind it out, made some crucial birdies coming in and I'm delighted.
"This is one of my best."
Bjorn was one of the boys and it took courage for Woosie to omit him. Like Westwood, Garcia shouldn't have been picked! Unfortunately, like Clark, Bjorn took the easy way, picked Garcia and I fear the team will suffer as a result.
It's interesting that qualifying for the Ryder cup requires success in Stroke Play golf. Here's further evidence of this lad's stroke play ability.
There's no doubt in my mind however that it's in match play that he really excels; look at his amateur record: second to none in Europe.
Surely the combination should have secured a Ryder cup place.
How golfers generally conduct themselves is a credit to themselves considering the frustrations of the game.
Serena Williams? Anyone who believes her results make up for her behaviour needs to reassess their values.
All the talk about the Ryder cup picks will go quiet when Sergio wins the Fed Ex next week.
Oh, hang on.....
Another notch of success on his fledging career.
Re Serena, tennis needs to take a good look at itself. Questioning the integrity of the ref/umpire in any sport is a red card offence. She, or any other player, male or female, should be kicked out.
As for the fine, 1% of her prize money. Wow!!
Some of his more illustrious colleagues would do well to copy him.
I hope he goes on to more success.
Your name wasn’t being quoted last week but you were 9th in World list, the Top 8 already qualified.
Shame on Bjorn for not picking those who have shown form but sticking with his mates.
Stenson is a rock, great for 4somes, needs the putter working for 4Ball and singles.
Poulter brings the fight...
Casey and Garcia shouldn’t be there IMHO.
He was ensconced in Yankland and used his family as a feeble excuse to turn his back on his country and should never have been picked again.