Fitzpatrick beats Hend in thrilling Switzerland playoff

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Fitzpatrick beats Hend in thrilling Switzerland playoff

It's weird to say for a 23-year-old, but Matt Fitzpatrick is in the winner's circle again after a solid absence.

Matthew Fitzpatrick won his fourth European Tour title with a dramatic play-off victory over Australia's Scott Hend at the European Masters.

"I'm delighted, as it's one that I've always wanted to win".

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

"It's never nice to see", Fitzpatrick said of Hend's miss, "but we kept our nerve and we 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.

The three are among 12 players with holes to complete and round three will resume at 07:00 BST on Sunday, with round four scheduled to start at 08:55 in a three-ball format.

Fitzpatrick beats Hend in thrilling Switzerland playoff
Fitzpatrick beats Hend in thrilling Switzerland playoff

He lost the same event in a play-off to Alex Noren past year and will rue missing his putt on the second additional hole, costing him the chance to land a third European Tour title.

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

Fitzpatrick recovered from bogeys at the first and third with three gains in four holes to make the turn in 34 and was flawless through the first six holes of his back nine.

The margin doubled by round's end as Fitzpatrick made a late bogey and Hend produced 1-under golf to finish his round via an eagle-bogey stretch. Hend birdied the 15th while Fitzpatrick bogeyed the 17th to drop into a share of the lead.

The unusual start to the day did not affect Fitzpatrick, who eventually fired a six-under 64 to finish on 14-under at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

Defending champion Alex Noren of Sweden was tied for sixth place on 9 under after a 66.

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