Tuesday 15 October 2019

Matteo Manassero wins the BMW Championship at Wentworth after dramatic playoff

Italy's Matteo Manassero in action today
Italy's Matteo Manassero in action today

Phil Casey

Italy's Matteo Manassero today won his fourth European Tour title at the age of 20 on the fourth hole of a play-off for the BMW PGA Championship.

Manassero, Marc Warren and former champion Simon Khan went into extra holes after finishing tied on 10 under par at Wentworth, 2010 winner Khan setting the clubhouse target after a closing 66 that no-one could overtake.

Warren was eliminated on the first play-off hole after his drive finished in an unplayable lie in the trees and his fourth shot found the water guarding the green, with Manassero and Khan both making birdies on the par-five 18th.

Two more visits to the 18th failed to find a winner, but when Khan's approach plunged into the water on the fourth extra hole, Manassero's two-putt birdie was enough to claim the £666,000 first prize.

Overnight leader Alejandro Canizares missed from 18ft on the last for an eagle to join the play-off, the Spaniard finishing nine under alongside compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez, who did make three on the 18th on his 600th European Tour appearance.

Lee Westwood held a two-shot lead after birdies on the second, third and fourth, but played the back nine in 40 to finish joint ninth.

Shane Lowry was the best-placed Irish player on six under after a 73 which left him in a tie for 12th.

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