European Tour: What We Learned at the Omega European Masters
England’s Danny Willett won the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland. He posted a final round of 65 to edge countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick by a shot.
Willett and Fitzpatrick began the last round in a tie for the lead and they had a great fight for the title on Sunday in the Swiss Alps. Fitzpatrick took the early advantage, but Willett struck back when it counted. He birdied three straight holes from the 14th to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.
The pair came to the 72nd hole separated by a shot, with Willett in the driving seat. Willett’s tee shot drifted perilously close to a bunker on the right hand side while Fitzpatrick found the middle of the fairway. Both played their approach shots to the left side of the green and, when Fitzpatrick was unable to hole his birdie effort and Willett two putted, the tournament was decided.
Four things we learned at the Omega European Masters:
1. Danny Willett continued his good run of recent form; he was tied sixth at The Open Championship last week. This victory earned Willett €450,000 and pushed him to second place on the Race to Dubai standings. He’s up to 24th in the Official World Golf Ranking. This is his fourth European Tour title.
2. An English 1, 2, 3 occurred for the second time in the 2015 European Tour season. Willett was the winner, Fitzpatrick took second and Tyrell Hatton was third. Hatton played the round of the day on Sunday – he fired a superb 62. The last time English players took the first three places in a European Tour event was the Nedbank Challenge last December – an event also won by Willett.
3. Low scoring prevailed on the final day at Crans-sur-Sierre. Of the top-10 finishers, all but Raphael Jacquelin broke 70. Spain’s Sergio Garcia fired a 64, as did Anirban Lahiri of India and Germany’s Florian Fritsch. England’s Robert Dinwiddie went one better with a 63.
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick recorded his best finish on the European Tour. The 20-year-old was the 2013 US Amateur champion and was once ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He’s up to 40th in the Race to Dubai standings and has done enough to secure his playing rights for next season.