Sudden death kills Fleetwood’s hopes

LANCASHIRE’S Tommy Fleetwood was beaten by Bernd Wiesberger in a play-off in the Shenzhen International – his fourth European Tour title – on a dramatic final day at Genzon Golf Club.

The Austrian entered the final round with a three-shot lead and eight ahead of Fleetwood who fired a stunning 63 to set the clubhouse target and share top spot at 16-under.

Wiesberger made excellent par saves on the 12th and 17th and nearly hit the pin with his approach to the last but was forced to settle for a par and a trip back up the 18th with Fleetwood for a play-off.

He went on to put his approach to five feet and roll in the putt for a birdie and victory on debut at the tournament.

The 31-year-old has not missed a cut since the 2016 US PGA Championship, producing seven top five finishes in that time, and his first victory in a play-off after losing the previous three times.

Fleetwood, a winner already this season, said: “I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have had a good day and a good week.”

 

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