Englishman Ross Fisher hunted down the leader Alex Levy with a final round of 7-under-par 31-33=64, but came up short in the play-off at the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.
The Englishman posted 19-under 194 after his birdie putt on the final green slipped over the edge of the hole and then watched Levy hole from 8-feet to force a play-off. Alas Fisher made two pars in the extra holes whilst Levy made birdie at the second time of asking. But Fisher had played the better golf all day, indeed he was flawless in chasing the Frenchman. He opened with birdies at 1 and 3, then added a hat-trick at 8, 9 and 10, before a brace at 15 and 16 put the long time leader under pressure. In the final round Fisher found 17 greens in regulation and he ended the week 8-for-9 in Scrambling. The result is his best of the year, bettering his T6 at both the Open de Espana and Nordea Masters.
Alexander Levy overcame late nerves to clinch a play-off victory over Ross Fisher in the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach after a final round 2-under-par 35-34=69 gave him a total of 19-under 194.
The Frenchman had started the day with a four shot lead and remained in control with three holes to play, holding a three shot advantage over playing partner Ross Fisher. But his bogey, and Fisher's birdie, at 16 transformed the contest, as did Levy's errant approach to the final green. It found a statue left of the green and he eventually had to hole from 8-feet for a bogey which forced the play-off. He then held his nerve, finally defeating the Englishman with a drained 30-foot birdie putt at the second extra hole. His front nine had inclued 3 birdies and 3 bogeys; his back nine 4 birdies before the two late dropped shots. He needed just 78 putts in regulation play, but was only 8-for-14 in Scrambling. "I saw the line and said to my caddie I've got it," he said of the winning putt afterwards. "It's so good after two years without a win." It is his third European Tour title.
A stunning finish allowed Michael Jonzon to confirm his best European Tour finish in seven years after a final round of 3-under-par 36-32=68 for T3 on 16-under 197 at the Porsche European Open.
The Swede hadn't landed a top five finish at this level since he claimed the Castello Masters in 2009 and, despite two birdies at 1 and 3, a hat-trick of bogeys at 5, 6 and 7 seemed to threaten his chances of a big check. But he then ticked red at 11, 13, 14, 15 and 16 as he dialled in his irons and poured in the putts. It could have been better but he took ten strokes at 10 and 12, the two par-fives. He sprayed his closing drive on his way to a bogey that cost him solo third. A great week at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, however, especially given that he started the week as a reserve.
Bernd Wiesberger pegged a final round of 4-under-par 33-34=67 to end the Porsche European Open in solo fifth at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on 15-under 198.
The Austrian was superb through 12 holes, but hit a flat patch thereafter which ended his hopes of claiming the title, albeit they were limited given the leaders were still some way off. He opened with a birdie at No. 1 but gave the shot back at the 7th. His bid was enlivened by par breakers at 8, 9, 11 and 12 - ironically he missed out on the par-five 10th. He missed the cut in this event last year, but has made every subsequent one on the regular European Tour since except for the Open Championship.
Robert Karlsson scorched the track, shooting 6-under-par 33-32=65 to finish tied third at the Porsche European Open on 16-under 197 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.
The result is the veteran Swede's first top five finish of the season, but it was coming and is his fourth top 30 in five starts. It also represented a continuation of his fine play in Germany having entered the week with a 22% to ten rate there. In the final round he began in sensational style with a hat-trick of birdies at 1, 2 and 3. A double bogey-6 at the 5th knocked him back only for a streak of red to follow at 9, 10, 11 and 12. Yet another par breaker at 16 completed the job. He found only 4 of 13 fairways, but landed 14 greens and never needed more than 28 putts per round all week.
5-seed Paul Casey conjured up a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to reach the three-quarter mark on 3-under 207, down two spots to T7.
The 39-year-old began the third frame in a three-way T5 on 2-under, five adrift of Johnson, and following a three-birdie two-bogey effort, is still five back of 54-hole co-leaders Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He squared bogey-5s at Nos. 1 and 14, both on failed scrambles, but did save a '5' on 14 from 9'4". The Englishman circled holes 6, 10 and 18, each from inside of 13 feet. He mustered a week-low five (of 14) fairways but managed to hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.769 putts per GIR.
17-seed Hideki Matsuyama rallied for a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to post 5-under 205, down two places to solo fifth, three shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.
The 24-year-old answered a triple bogey-7 at the 14th with birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to get back into the red on the day. Earlier, he camouflaged bogey-5 at seven (failed scramble) with birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 13, the latter from 16'9". At the par-4 14th, Matsuyama took five to get on the surface and missed a chance to "save" double from 6'3". His bounce back was fueled by his longest conversion of the day, dropping a 29'6" bomb at the difficult par-3 15th. Matsuyama's six birdies (on 13 greens in regulation) matched his output in R1, where he co-led with Johnson and Chappell.
27-seed Jason Dufner matched the week's low round with a 4-under-par 30-36=66 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to toss 4-under 206 on the board, up five places to solo sixth, four adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.
In ideal scoring conditions, the 39-year-old's 66 was the seventh of the day, 11th of the week. He did all of his damage with a bogey-free outward 30, limping home in a birdie-less 1-over, squaring a lone bogey at the par-4 17th on a failed scramble. Dufner improved to 14 greens in regulation, circling four conventional birdies and adding a 38'1" pitch-in for a '3' at the par-4 eighth. After recording negative numbers in SG: Putting in R1, he's put up two straight for the good, including 1.241 in the third frame.