Marcel Siem won the BMW Masters in a play-off at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.
Marcel won on the first play-off hole, chipping in for birdie from the fringe on the 18th hole, to lift the BMW Masters trophy.
Three players had finished the tournament tied at -16 under par, Marcel, Ross Fisher and Alex Levy all arrived at that score by different means. Ross put together a final round of -5 under par 67, while Marcel could only manage a +1 over par 72 and Alex with a disastrous +6 over par 78.
Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson finished just one shot behind, and they too could have been in the play-off, Jamie missing a last hole birdie attempt. and Justin carding a disappointing bogey.
Marcel was happy with his start to the round, but not good to finish bogey, bogey;
“I got off to a nice start with a birdie on the first and I knew with the windy conditions that it might be a little better chance to win the tournament.”
“Alex, unfortunately, didn’t have his best day and I played very solid the front nine. And then the back nine was really, really tough.”
“The golf course was the total opposite to the first three days. The course was a real monster and I’m super pleased, still can’t believe it. I’m over the moon.”
“In the play-off, I thought I would actually have to hole it just to stay in. I was expecting one of the guys to hole their putt actually. It’s just fantastic. A chip-in is always cool, but to have it in a play-off is even cooler.”
“I have never been in a position like this, to be honest, in such a big tournament. You try not to think about the prize money, but it’s crazy prize money here (€1,600,000 for winning).
“I think the key today was not to have a double bogey or triple bogey somewhere and I managed to do that.”
“People who know me know that finishing bogey, bogey, I don’t like that and my emotions could go a little crazy sometimes. But I stayed really, really calm and I’m proud of that. I’m getting older, two kids now, so maybe that’s the reason why.”
Alex said he did not cope with the windy conditions very well;
“I feel I didn’t play that bad. I make a few mistakes, but I didn’t miss a lot of shots.”
“Marcel deserved to win today because he played fantastic in the wind. Today was a special day with the wind and it was not very easy for me. I’ve got to work on that and be more strong during the difficult weather like that.”
Ross said he can walk away with his head held high;
“Going out today 11 behind you never expect to have a chance, I’m thinking, just go out there and shoot a good score. If it gets me a top-ten, that would be great, and obviously it was playing tough and I think I had the best round of the day by quite some margin.”
“I can only walk away from here very delighted and pleased with the way I played.”