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Willett clinches maiden title after play-off

Willett clinches maiden title after play-off

By Eurosport
Last update The 25/06/2012 at 13:40 -
By Eurosport - The 25/06/2012 at 13:40
Danny Willett pipped Marcus Fraser to glory at the BMW International Open on the fourth play-off hole to claim his first European Tour success in Cologne.
 

The pair finished level at 11 under par before the 24-year-old Willett, 204th in the world rankings, held his nerve with a par at the fourth play-off hole to earn victory after previously notching up 19 top-10 finishes.

"It's amazing," Willett told the European PGA Tour website.

"It was a tough day - it was brutal with the wind whipping and it was raining.

"I've had some ups and downs in the last 18 months as everyone knows but I'm injury free now and back to playing well."

Willett and Fraser ended the regulation four rounds a shot ahead of Ireland's Paul McGinley, who fired a final-round six-under-par 66, England's Chris Wood and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano of Spain.

The playoff followed a fluctuating final day at Gut Larchenhof in which overnight leader Willett was overtaken by Fraser who then bogeyed his last hole to set the clubhouse target.

Willett pulled off a superb long iron on to the 18th green from behind a tree and sank a four-foot putt for a round of 73 to force the play-off.

Final standings:

277 Danny Willett (Britain) 65 70 69 73

277 Marcus Fraser (Australia) 64 74 68 71

278 Paul McGinley (Ireland) 65 70 77 66

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 71 69 69 69

Chris Wood (Britain) 65 70 70 73

279 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 70 68 71 70

Marcel Siem (Germany) 68 71 68 72

280 Ross Fisher (Britain) 70 70 70 70

Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 69 70 70 71

Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 70 71 68 71

Joel Sjoeholm (Sweden) 67 66 72 75

281 David Lynn (Britain) 69 70 74 68

Simon Dyson (Britain) 68 70 73 70

Thomas Norret (Denmark) 67 69 73 72

Andrew Marshall (Britain) 71 67 70 73

Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 64 71 72 74

Keith Horne (South Africa) 66 73 67 75

282 Mark Foster (Britain) 69 74 70 69

Carlos Del Moral (Spain) 68 75 70 69

Pelle Edberg (Sweden) 66 74 69 73

Oliver Wilson (Britain) 69 73 67 73

Steve Webster (Britain) 69 70 69 74

 
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