Pablo claims second tour title after bereavement

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Marathon man Pablo Larrazabal beat fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia at the fifth play-off hole to capture his second European Tour title in Munich.

The 28-year-old’s victory in the BMW International Open came only 20 days after he lost at the sixth hole of sudden death in an Open Championship qualifier at Sunningdale.

Now Larrazabal will be going to Sandwich after all - and so will Garcia, whose runner-up finish earned him the other spot up for grabs off a “current form” mini money list.

After two years in which he has slumped from second in the world to outside the top 80, Garcia began his revival by coming seventh in the US Open.

But, after making a birdie on the 72nd to force extra holes, he lost when he three-putted the same green an hour later.

It would have been his first success since November 2008, but Larrazabal has to go back five months longer for his previous win at the French Open.

There was also sadness attached to this one, however.

“Last week we lost my grandad, the captain of the family, and this is for him,” he said.

“Beating one of my heroes when I was growing up is just a dream - very emotional.”

Garcia said: “Making The Open was definitely one of the goals.

“I wanted to win if I could, but unfortunately Pablo was just a little bit better.”

Sheffield’s Danny Willett finished eight under par with a final score of 280, earning him 19,600 Euros.