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Bernd Wiesberger edges out Tommy Fleetwood in Shenzhen play-off

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Bernd Wiesberger edges out Tommy Fleetwood in Shenzhen play-off

By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 23/04/17 8:29pm

Bernd Wiesberger beat England’s Tommy Fleetwood in a play-off to win his 4th European Tour title at the Shenzhen International in China.

Bernd Wiesberger overcame a stunning late challenge from Tommy Fleetwood to win the Shenzhen International with a birdie at the first extra hole.

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Shenzhen International

Fleetwood had stormed into contention with a remarkable nine-under 63 which earned him the clubhouse lead on 16 under while overnight leader Wiesberger still had close to half of his round to complete.
But as a number of other contenders fell away down the stretch, Wiesberger clung on and parred every hole on the back nine to ensure a play-off against the fast-finishing Englishman.

Bernd Wiesberger birded the first play-off hole to snatch the title

Wiesberger flirted with the water for the second time on the day from the tee back at the 18th as he took a bold line, with Fleetwood splitting the fairway before his approach came up 40 feet short of the pin.
But the Austrian made light of a hanging lie near the hazard line as he clipped a superb approach to six feet and, after Fleetwood two-putted for par, Wiesberger calmly rolled in the winning putt to seal his first European Tour title since the 2015 Open de France.

Wiesberger ground out 11 straight pars to stay tied for the lead with Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood has a great record in this event and looked likely to pick up his second win of the year with the low round of the day by a distance, and his purposeful charge up the leaderboard began with back-to-back birdies at six and seven followed by a brilliant eagle at the ninth.
The Abu Dhabi champion appeared to leave himself too much to do when he parred the first three holes of the back nine, but he then birdied four of the next five and closed with a solid par at the last to set the mark.

Fleetwood stormed into contention with a flawless 63

Wiesberger had led by three overnight, but he had lost much of the fluency from the first three days as he offset two birdies with one bogey over the first seven holes and then ground out 11 consecutive pars to stay in the hunt.
He came close to holing his second to the 72nd hole after clearing the hazard by a few feet, but the 31-year-old atoned at the first extra hole as he made only the third birdie of the entire day at the 18th.

Fleetwood set the clubhouse target on 16 under

Ross Fisher cost himself a chance of being in the play-off when he three-putted the final green for his third bogey of the round, carding a four-under 68 featuring seven birdies to slip into a share of third place with Gregory Bourdy, who birdied 16 and 17 but missed out on another at the last.
George Coetzee was tied for the lead with one to play, but he came to grief at the tough 18th as he put his drive into the water and then pulled his second ball into the trees, forcing him to pitch out.

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It went from bad to worse for the South African when he chunked his fourth shot back into the drink, and he eventually did well to hole a 15-foot putt for a quadruple-bogey eight.

Bernd Wiesberger overcame a stunning late challenge from Tommy Fleetwood to win the Shenzhen International with a birdie at the first extra hole.

Source: http://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12230/10847835/bernd-wiesberger-edges-out-tommy-fleetwood-in-shenzhen-play-off

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