Pavan denies Fitzpatrick in BMW Open playoff

Italy’s Andrea Pavan defeated England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick on the second playoff hole to win the BMW International Open in Munich.

Pavan posted 6-under 66 on Sunday at Golf Club Munchen Eichenried, birdieing two of his final three holes to get in the clubhouse at 15-under-par, and then accounted for Fitzpatrick after both players traded pars down the par-5 18th hole.

Andrea Pavan Andrea Pavan (Credit:European Tour)

Pavan earned the victory with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

The win was the Italian’s second European Tour title. The 30-year-old Pavan, who won the Czech Masters last season for his maiden title on the European Tour had previously twice graduated from the Challenge Tour and twice more making it through Q-School.

WITB: Andrea Pavan

  • Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver (9º)
  • Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero Fairway Wood (13.5º)
  • Callaway Apex Pro 19 (2-iron)
  • Callaway X-Forged 18 Irons (3-PW)
  • Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedge (52º)
  • Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedge (58º)
  • Odyssey White Hot Pro V-Line Putter
  • Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball

“It’s amazing this victory”, said an elated Pavan.

“Two years ago, at this moment, I was really struggling. I can’t thank enough my coach, my caddie, my family, my wife.”

“I was playing very well coming into this week. And I thought I had a chance starting the day. I got off to a good start [three birdies in the first six holes], but hit a few bad drives, my Achilles heel.”

“I’m happy I have a strong 3-wood and 2-iron. That 18th hole is not the best for me, without driver. But I somehow managed to make birdie.”

Austrian Matthias Schwab had led by two with seven holes to play but he signed for a 71 to finish in a tie for third at 13 under alongside defending champion Matt Wallace, overnight leader Jordan Smith, Spanish duo Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alvaro Quiros, South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Italian Edoardo Molinari.

Jason Scrivener finished the best of the Australians at 7-under and in a share of 26th position. Adam Bland carded a 4-under total to share 43rd position, with Lucas Herbert two shots behind in a share of 49th position.

Dimi Papadatos, Deyen Lawson, Sam Brazel and Brett Rumford all missed the cut.