Fitzpatrick holds off Hend for Crans win

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Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Scott Hend in a play-off to lift the Omega European Masters after carding a majestic 64 to force extra-time.

Fitzpatrick claimed his fourth European Tour title on Sunday at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club after recovering four shots during his final round on Hend and then winning the play-off against the Australian at the third time of replaying the 18th.

Speaking afterwards, Fitzpatrick explained that he was elated with the final outcome but admitted that he thought he had blown his shot at victory after making a bogey on the 17th hole.

“I’m delighted,” he said.

“It’s one that I’ve always wanted to win. I love playing this golf course, from the first ever year I came as an invite in 2014 it’s one that has really stood out on my schedule and I always want to come back and play.

“I was saying to (caddie) Jamie, ‘I think 17 might have cost us today’ but it’s just one of those things. It’s never nice to see but we kept our nerve and just played really smart all week.

“I remember being here in 2015 when Dan Willett won and his parents were there to see him win so it’s nice to have mine here too.

“It’s the third win they’ve seen me achieve so it’s pretty special.”

England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti finished in a tie for third at 11-under-par.

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