Dereham golfer Andrew Marshall produces solid finish in BMW International Open
Norfolk golfer Andrew Marshall ensured his BMW International Open campaign wouldn't be remembered just for a hole-on-one as he produced a solid finish to the tournament in Germany yesterday.
The Dereham professional went into the weekend just outside the top 10 after a second round 67 that featured an ace at the 219 yard 17th hole – an achievement that won him a �65,000 car from the sponsors.
At one stage on Saturday Marshall was threatening the leaders and although he was unable to maintain his challenge he kept his nerve well to clinch a finish of tied 12th. That gave him by far his best pay day of the European Tour season so far – around �24,000 – and took him up to 125th place in the Race to Dubai.
Starting his third round on six under par, Marshall got it to 10 under after his fourth birdie of the day at the 15th – but dropped shots at 16 and 18 meant he had to settle for a two under par round of 70.
In yesterday's tough conditions Marshall was unable to make much progress but steady play kept him in and around the top 10.
In the end a dropped shot at the last meant he had to settle for a one over round 73 and a seven under finish overall, four behind fellow Englishman Danny Willett and Australian Brendan Fraser, who went to a play-off.
Willett went on to grab his first European Tour win, beating Fraser at the fourth extra hole at a wet and windy Cologne.
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Willett 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 456-yard last, however, and Willett got away with a bad drive close to the trees for a par to tie on the 11 under par mark of 277.
They were round in 71 and 73 respectively.
They then played the 18th on four more occasions. Both parred it the first time after Fraser holed from 12 feet, bogeyed it next with Willett missing from four feet and parred it next before it was settled.
Willett was over the green and almost chipped in, then Fraser lipped out from 30 feet and missed his four-footer coming back.
Joint-third one behind were Ireland's Paul McGinley (66), Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and England's Chris Wood, who was joint leader with two to play, but bogeyed the short 17th en route to a 73.