Pablo Larrazabal beat Sergio Garcia in a play-off to win the BMW International Open in Munich as Peter Lawrie placed highest of the Irish contingent, finishing tied for 18th on nine-under par.
Spaniard Larrazabal won only his second European tour title and he had to play his more illustrious compatriot Garcia in a play-off after both men finished round four on 16-under.
It took five holes to separate the pair but Larrazabal’s birdie on the 18th par five hole couldn’t be matched by Garcia, who could only manage par after coming close with a putt on his fourth shot.
Both golfers birdied the first two play-off holes on the 18th and then made par on the next two par three holes, played on the 12th.
Garcia’s last day of play was a mixed affair as he holed two eagles on the 9th and 11th holes but then went on to bogey four of the remaining seven holes, including three consecutive bogeys from the 12th to 14th holes before finishing with a birdie on the 18th to force a play-off.
Garcia played himself into contention on the third day, shooting a magnificent 64 and racking up nine birdies; his best round of the tournament followed up a decidedly uninspiring second day score of 71.
Larrazabal kept his scorecard in the 60’s over the course of the 72 holes and his last day score of 68 might have been lower thanks to a relatively average back nine that saw him drop two shots with bogeys on the 13th and 16th holes.
Peter Lawrie was the best of the Irish with an impressive score of nine-under for the tournament and the Dublin man finished tied for 18th alongside world number three Martin Kaymer.
Lawrie’s good form over the four days was left with a bit of a dent as his third round score of one-over marred his chances of placing higher on the final day, having previously shot a 69 and 68 in the opening two rounds.
Saturday’s score of 73 for the Irishman came after three bogeys and just two birdies on the 1st and 18th holes was enough to set him back going in to the final day.
He pulled it together for the last day however, doubling his birdie tally from the day before and getting just one bogey on 12th hole, finishing the day with a 69.
There was disappointment elsewhere for the Irish as both Damien McGrane and Shane Lowry failed to make the cut after day two, with McGrane finishing on one-over and Lowry on four-over par.
Lowry’s opening day score of four over was always going to be hard to overcome as the Offaly man carded five bogeys and one double bogey.
His second day score of 72 wasn’t enough to save him; as with McGrane whose second round score of 71 brought his score for the tournament to level par which saw his weekend in Munich cut short.