Golf-In-form Willett claims European Masters title

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 26, 2015 10:38 AM

(Reuters) - Britain's Danny Willett fended off a strong challenge from compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick to win the European Masters by one shot at Crans Montana on Sunday.

Willett, who finished tied sixth at last week's British Open, started the final round level on 12 under with Fitzpatrick and the 27-year-old shot a bogey-free 65 to finish 17 under par and claim his third European Tour title.

Former world amateur number one Fitzpatrick carded six birdies in his final round but two bogeys meant the 20-year-old had to settle for 16 under.

"I kept very, very calm all day. I just waited for the right things to happen to get on a run," Willett told reporters.

"Fitzy (Fitzpatrick) played some great golf and kept the pressure on. When someone is right on your heels you know you can't let up."

Tyrrell Hatton finished third on 15 under after the Briton surged up the leaderboard thanks to a scorching final round of 62.

Sweden's Pelle Edberg was one shot behind in fourth.

(Reporting by Michael Hann, editing by Ed Osmond)