English professional golfer Danny Willett battled through a nail-biting play-off round against Marcus Fraser to take the title at the BMW International Open yesterday (June 24th).
The talented 24-year-old claimed his first victory on the European Tour in wet and windy conditions on the final day at Golf
Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne following a staggering 19 top-ten finishes.
Willett required a four-hole play-off down the difficult 18th hole to emerge victorious over his Australian opponent after a final round score of 73 left him even with the former Ballantine's Championship winner.
The promising youngster, who turned professional in 2008, was caught by Fraser and home favourite Marcel Siem despite establishing an overnight lead, but responded with birdies at the third and fourth holes as his competitors struggled to make an impact.
However, Willett drifted back when he dropped shots at the ninth, 11th and 15th, while Fraser snuck into the lead after gaining a one-stroke advantage at the 16th.
The Englishman commented: "This week has been strange, I've been working really hard with support from my family and my girlfriend.
"I've had some ups and downs in the last 18 months as everyone knows but I'm injury-free now and back to playing well - and I'd like to thank everyone back home for supporting me."
Meanwhile, a closing round score of 62 propelled Marc Leishman to a surprising victory in the Travelers Championship, representing the fifth time in seven years a first win has taken place at the PGA Tour event.
The 28-year-old's impressive run at TPC River Highlands saw him discover he had taken the crown two hours and 22 minutes after dropping his final putt, despite believing he had blown his chances when he lost his lead to Charley Hoffman.
While he watched football and ate lunch following his round, Leishman's competitors were struggling to make an impact over the last four holes of the course, most notably Hoffman - who had led by three shots.
The US professional played his first 13 holes of the tournament in seven-under-par, but a tee shot into the water for a double bogey on the 17th was followed by another dropped on the 18th to finish on 13-under, a single hit behind Leishman.
"You've always got a chance, you know. I'll be watching pretty closely, but I don't need to be anxious. I probably think I'm one or two short and that's the attitude I'm going to have. But I'm also not going to go anywhere," the victor commented.