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Fitzpatrick tops Hend in European Masters playoff

Fitzpatrick won the European Masters at Crans-sur Sierre in Switzerland

Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he thought his hopes of Omega European Masters victory may have been over before he snatched his playoff win in Switzerland.

He muscled his ball out of the rough on the first to set up a 12-foot birdie with Fichardt three-putting for a first bogey of the week while Zanotti hit a smart approach to birdie the second before play was stopped.

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

Fitzpatrick began Sunday two shots behind Hend, as the third round had been suspended before completion due to weather delays.

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. 6, 7, 8 to share the lead with Hend and stayed in that position after another birdie at No. 10. It was little wonder then, and the light fading quickly, Scott was pleased to birdie the 13 for a second time in three days. But the key for Fitzpatrick was two hat-tricks of birdies, first from sixth to eighth and later from 14th to 16th.

But the tournament wouldn't be his yet. A closing par for Fitzpatrick and three straight to finish for Hend meant a playoff. Hend knew he needed a birdie on 18th to win in regulation, but he failed. Hend missed the green left and chipped his third over the green and nearly into the water. Fitzpatrick calmly knocked in a 2-footer for par to secure the title.

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

Fabrizio Zanotti had reined him in by the turn but with the Paraguayan making two double-bogeys in three holes, Hend's 11-under-par total was enough to give him a cushion with five holes of round three to complete on Sunday.