Play-off heartache for Fisher as Siem recovers to secure crown

Ross McLean
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ENGLAND’S Ross Fisher admitted challenging for the BMW Masters crown had not even flickered on his radar ahead of the final day at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai before producing a stirring comeback and losing a dramatic play-off yesterday.

Germany’s Marcel Siem passed up the opportunity to secure victory by missing a six-foot putt on the 72nd hole before returning to claim his fourth European Tour title by chipping in for a birdie on the first hole of sudden death.

Fisher had set the clubhouse target of 16 under par after a superb final round of 67, which wiped out an 11-shot deficit to France’s Alexander Levy and would have set a European Tour record had he ultimately tasted victory.

“Going out 11 behind you never expect to have a chance,” said Fisher. “I’m thinking, just go out there and shoot a good score and if it gets me a top-10, that would be great.

“Obviously it was playing tough but I think I had the best round of the day by quite some margin. I can only walk away very pleased.”