Willett finally gets it done
McGinley charges into a tie for third after superb closing 66
Last Updated: June 24, 2012 6:33pm
Danny Willett: won at the 76th hole
England's Danny Willett beat Australian Marcus Fraser at the fourth extra hole to win his maiden European Tour title at the BMW International Open in Cologne.
Willett - who started the day with a one-shot lead - was three clear after eight holes of the final round, but fell one behind after bogeys at the ninth, 11th and 15th.
Fraser dropped a shot at the difficult last, however, and Willett got away with a bad drive close to the trees as he got up and down for a par to tie on 11-under-par. They were round in 71 and 73 respectively.
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-11 D Willett
-11 M Fraser (Aus)
-10 C Wood
-10 G F'dez-Costano (Spn)
-10 P McGinley
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Fraser holed a 10-foot par putt at the 18th to extend the play-off but did not get away with a poor chip next time around, as he missed his par try from 15 feet. However, Willett let him off the hook as he missed from four feet to win.
The pair headed back to the 18th tee for a third time and this time both men holed clutch putts for par - Willett from eight feet and Fraser from four.
Fourth time around Willett fired his second shot into the stands and had to take a free drop, while Fraser found the green.
But after Willett chipped briliantly to two feet, Fraser's putt to win from 25 feet lipped out and he missed the three-footer back, giving Willett a tap-in to finally land his first title.
"Amazing - it was a tough day," said the world number 204, who on Monday will be at Sunningdale trying to qualify for the Open Championship - as will Fraser.
"I've had some ups and downs in the last 18 months, but I'm injury-free now and I want to thank everybody for the support they've given me."
Joint third one behind were Ireland's Paul McGinley (66), Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (69) and England's Chris Wood, who was joint leader with two to play, but bogeyed the short 17th en route to a 73.