Late birdie rush gives Danny Willett European Masters crown

Englishman Danny Willett drained three late birdies and fired a bogey-free final round of 65 to win the European Masters by one shot over compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick at Crans-sur-Sierre on Sunday.

Late birdie rush gives Danny Willett European Masters crown

Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland: Englishman Danny Willett drained three late birdies and fired a bogey-free final round of 65 to win the European Masters by one shot over compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick at Crans-sur-Sierre on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Yorkshireman, who held the halfway lead at last week`s British Open, hit a five-under par round that crucially included birdies at 13, 14 and 15 as Fitzpatrick, 20, paid the price for a bogey at the 11th.

Tyrell Hatton was alone in third spot on 15 under, as English players swept the top three places, with Sweden`s Pelle Edberg a further shot back in fourth and India`s Anirban Lahiri completing the top five on 12 under, five shots adrift of Willett.

Hatton, 23, recorded the best score of the day with a 62 that included an eagle and six birdies, but just came up short in his bid for a maiden EPGA title.

Willett is a former world number one amateur who also carved out a successful college career in the United States.

His win on Sunday was his third victory on the European Tour and came hot on the heels of a stellar performance at St Andrews where a second round 69 on the Old Course gave him the halfway lead.

American Zach Johnson went on to win the 144th British Open in a playoff after Willett had faded over the last 36 holes. 

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