Fasth wins Players Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

Niclas Fasth edged out Argentine Angel Cabrera in a play-off after a marathon finish to the Tournament Players Championship of Europe on Sunday.

Fasth wins Players Championship

Gut Kaden: Niclas Fasth edged out Argentine Angel Cabrera in a play-off after a marathon finish to the Tournament Players Championship of Europe on Sunday. Organisers of the Tournament Players Championship (TPC) of Europe set up a 36-hole finish, after heavy rain left the Gut Kaden course waterlogged on the first day in which no play was possible. Fasth started the long day as the second round leader at 10-under 134, one stroke ahead of Bradley Dredge of Great Britain. Vaulting back Dredge carded a third round three-under-par 69 to move to 12-under-par 204, but he fell away in the final round and tied for fifth after a closing one-over 73. American John Daly, after an indifferent 73 in the morning, vaulted back up the leaderboard with a sparkling 65 to finish in a tie for third at 12-under. The former Open and US PGA champion shared third place with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who returned a three-under 69 to move up two places. Changing lead On a hectic final day at the Gut Kaden course, the lead changed hands between seven players. Argentina's Angel Cabrera broke the logjam at the top of the leaderboard with four birdies in five holes from the 13th. Cabrera was bidding for his second European title of year after clinching the tour's flagship BMW Championship in May. He had the chance to win outright on the last hole, but a bogey proved costly. He ended with five-under-par 67 and a four-round total of 14-under 274. Drawing level Fasth, who won the European Tour-sanctioned New Zealand Open in February, drew level with the Argentine by picking up three shots in the last five holes. A stunning bunker shot on the 18th left him with a closing 68 and the Swede and the Argentine ended in a tie at 14-under. The pair finished two shots ahead of their nearest challengers. Both players parred the 18th twice in extra time before Cabrera lost his chance of extending the play-off when he missed a birdie putt at the third extra hole. Fasth holed a three metres birdie putt for victory. "It was by far my biggest victory, and I really had to fight for it. I didn't have my greatest day, but I just hung in there, fought well towards the end to get the play-off," he said. Fasth's victory earned him a winner's cheque for $660,000. (AP)
Topics : Golf Niclas Fasth
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