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Fitzpatrick holds his nerve to win in sudden death

By Phil Casey

Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Scott Hend in a dramatic play-off to win the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

The Englishman entered the final round four shots behind Australian Hend but produced a closing 64 to get to 14 under and take the contest to extra holes in the Swiss Alps.

Hend - who lost to Alex Noren in a play-off at this event last season - missed a six-foot putt for victory on the second extra hole but found sand off the tee on the next trip up the 18th and after he flew the green with his second, a par was enough to seal victory for Fitzpatrick.

"I'm delighted," he said. "It's one that I've always wanted to win. I love playing this 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.

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

Fitzpatrick made four birdies and a bogey in his first eight holes to catch up to Hend and when he added further gains on the 10th, 14th, 15th and 16th, the Ryder Cup star held a two-shot lead.

Hend then hit back with a birdie on the 15th and a Fitzpatrick bogey on the 17th set up the dramatic finish.

England's Tyrrell Hatton birdied four of his last six holes to finish at 11 under alongside Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, with another Englishman in Lee Slattery two shots further back.

Scot Duncan Stewart was then at eight under, with Lee Westwood finishing at level par in his 500th European Tour event.

Meanwhile, American Lexi Thompson comfortably won the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship, the last tournament before the final major of the season. The 22-year-old shot a four-under-par 68 to finish on 19 under, four strokes clear of New Zealand's overnight leader Lydia Ko in Indianapolis.

"It's a big confidence booster going into the last major of the year," said Thompson.

The Evian Championship in Evian, France, starts on Thursday.

Victory was Thompson's ninth on the LPGA Tour.

Ko fell away with a double bogey at the par-four 11th hole at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

Australian Minjee Lee was one shot further back in third, while England's Mel Reid and Holly Clyburn finished in a share of 30th on six under.

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