European Tour

Pavan edges Fitzpatrick to claim BMW International Open

2019-06-23 17:58
Andrea Pavan (Getty Images)
Andrea Pavan (Getty Images)

Munich - Italy's Andrea Pavan beat Matthew Fitzpatrick in a playoff on Sunday to win his second European Tour title at the BMW International Open in Munich.

The world No 133 fired a six-under-par final round of 66 to set a clubhouse target of 15-under for the tournament, but England's Fitzpatrick birdied the 18th hole to force a play-off.

Pavan birdied the second sudden-death hole, though, carving an excellent short iron out of the rough to just a few feet from the flag as Fitzpatrick failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker.

It was the 30-year-old's second Tour victory after also triumphing at last year's Czech Masters.

"It's amazing. I thought I had a chance starting the day," he told europeantour.com.

"Two years ago at this moment I was really struggling. I can't thank enough my coach, my caddie, my family, my wife - it's really amazing."

The 34th-ranked Fitzpatrick remains without a win this season despite racking up his third runner-up effort, having also impressed in finishing tied for 12th at last week's US Open.

Overnight leader Jordan Smith ended in a seven-way tie for third, two shots behind the top duo, alongside Spaniards Rafael Cabrera Bello, Alvaro Quiros, Italy's Edoardo Molinari, South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout and the in-form Matt Wallace.

Leading scores after the fourth and final round of the European Tour's BMW International Open in Munich on Sunday (GBR&IRl unless stated/par 72):

273 - Andrea Pavan (ITA) 66-71-70-66, Matthew Fitzpatrick 73-66-65-69 - Pavan won on the second sudden-death playoff hole

275 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 70-65-70-70, Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 70-69-70-66, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 70-67-71-67, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 69-68-72-66, Matthias Schwab (AUT) 70-69-65-71, Jordan Smith 70-67-66-72, Matt Wallace 69-68-68-70

276 - Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 71-68-72-65, Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 70-70-66-70, Callum Shinkwin 69-69-70-68, Lee Westwood 68-69-69-70

277 - Filippo Bergamaschi (ITA) 70-69-68-70, Sebastian Soderberg (SWE) 69-67-70-71

278 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 67-66-75-70, Kim Koivu (FIN) 70-66-74-68, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 71-69-71-67, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 72-70-71-65

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