Scott Hend leads European Masters after weather-hit day

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain in action during the first round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana Switzerland. – AP

Hend also missed from five feet for victory on the 18th green in the second playoff hole.

Both players began the day early with holes to complete in their third rounds following weather-disrupted play on Saturday.

"It's never nice to see", Fitzpatrick said of Hend's miss, "but we kept our nerve and we played really smart all week".

Fitzpatrick had completed 15 holes of his round, with Zanotti on the 14th fairway and Fichardt alongside Hend back on the tee when play was suspended due to fading light at 7.25pm local time.

Playing the last hole for the fifth time in the day proved a step too far for the Aussie, as his bogey allowed Fitzpatrick to tap in for the win.

Fitzpatrick, a Ryder Cup debutant past year, acknowledged thinking that Hend would seize that chance after his own four metre birdie putt slid by the hole.

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Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (66) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (68) finished three back on 11 under in a tie for third place. "He's a good champion".

Hend was defeated by an Alex Noren birdie on the first extra hole here last season en route to finishing a career-high 27th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Fitzpatrick surged after a steady start to the final round, and led by two shots when he birdied the par-3 16th.

But world number 48 Fitzpatrick, 23, looked to have carved out a tournament-winning lead as a trio of birdies on the back nine put him two clear with two holes remaining.

Defending champion Noren carded a 67 to tie in 32nd position on 137 alongside a host of players, which include former victor and Asian Tour Order of Merit leader David Lipsky, who signed for a 70.

The Australian entered round three at 13 under with a one-shot lead and despite dropping two shots in his first 13 holes on a tough day when two hours and 24 minutes were lost to fog, he extended his advantage at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

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