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Fabrizio Zanotti (pictured by Getty Images) became the first Paraguayan to  win on The European Tour in the most dramatic fashion after a four-man play-off at Gut Lärchenhof ended in a two-man shoot-out with the 31 year old taking down World Number Two Henrik Stenson at the fifth extra hole.

After an unbelievable final round that at one point saw 19 players within three strokes of the lead, Zanotti carded a seven under 65 to post a clubhouse target of 19 under that was matched by Stenson (67), Grégory Havret (66) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (66).

Inseparable after 72 holes, the four went back to the 18th tee and all made par fours at the first extra hole. On returning to the 18th, Zanotti, Stenson and Cabrera Bello all made birdies to knock Havret out, before the three remaining protagonists halved the 17th in birdie threes.

Cabrera Bello then found the water on the 18th to leave Zanotti and Stenson alone on the 17th again, where the World Number Two this time found the water to allow Paraguay’s first European Tour winner to take to the podium.

Key Quotes

Fabrizio Zanotti: “To be the first player from Paraguay to win on The European Tour is pretty huge I think.  I think Paraguay, everybody is going to be very happy with me.  Everybody was expecting a lot from me in Paraguay, so I think it’s going to be a great day.  I feel very happy. This is a moment I’ve been waiting for a long time.

“The play-off, I think it was great, and in the first hole, I made a great putt and on the second again.  When Henrik hit into the water on the fifth extra hole I changed club. I was going to hit driver but when I saw the ball go to the water, I changed it and just aim to that left bunker on the green. Thankfully it worked out perfectly.”

Fabrizio Zanotti – With this Win

His first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 181st European Tour event.

Moves to €543,835 and  in The Race to Dubai.

Could move to just inside the top 110 in the Official World Golf Ranking from 305th.

This victory would beats previous best European Tour performances of second in the 2009 Open de España and tied second in the 2010 KLM Open and 2012 Irish Open.

This victory beats his previous best 2014 performance of tied third in the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

Becomes the eighth first-time winner of the 2014 season. They are: Morten Orum Madsen (South African Open Championship hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni), George Coetzee (Joburg Open), Jason Day (WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship), Patrick Reed (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Marco Crespi (NH Collection Open), Alexander Levy (Volvo China Open), Daniel Brooks (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI) and Fabrizio Zanotti (BMW International Open).

Graduated from the 2013 European Tour Qualifying School

The fourth 2013 graduate to win on The 2014 European Tour. They are: Marco Crespi  (NH Collection Open) Daniel Brooks (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI), Mikael Lundberg (Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity) and Fabrizio Zanotti (BMW International Open).

Becomes the first player from Paraguay to win on The European Tour.

This brings the number of different countries winning on The European Tour to 36.

Victory comes in his seventh appearance in the BMW International Open.

Victory beats his previous best performance in the BMW International Open of tied 12th in 2012, over this course at GC Gut Lärchenhof.

Wins the BMW International Open in his first play-off.

OTHER FACTS

Joins Paul Azinger (1990), Peter Fowler (1993), Marc Farry (1996), Russell Claydon (1998), David Horsey (2010) and Danny Willett (2012), as players to make the BMW International Open their first European Tour win.

The 24th different winner from the 26 stagings of the event.

Paraguay becomes the 14th different country to win the BMW International Open.

Becomes the 39th different qualifying school graduate to win the year after graduation in European Tour history.

Becomes the 46th European Tour victory by qualifying school graduates to win the year after graduation.

Becomes the first time in European Tour history that four qualifying school graduates have won on The European Tour the year after graduation.

The 17th winner this season that a player has made up a final round deficit to win.

His five shot final round winning comeback equals the largest in BMW International Open history, following Mark McNulty (1994), Frank Nobilo (1995) and David Horsey (2010).

Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of 2016.

Gains his largest European Tour prize of €333,000

Fourth Round Golf Scores

269 F Zanotti (Par) 72 67 65 65; R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 64 68 70 67; G Havret  (Fra) 71 65 67 66; H Stenson (Swe) 68 68 66 67;

270 J Donaldson (Wal) 71 67 65 67; S Dyson  (Eng) 69 66 69 66; T Jaidee (Tha) 71 66 68 65;

271 P Larrazábal (Esp) 69 63 67 72; E Grillo (Arg) 66 66 70 69; D Willett  (Eng) 64 68 71 68; T Björn (Den) 70 66 66 69;

272 A Cejka (Ger) 68 66 69 69; F Molinari (Ita) 71 66 65 70; S Garcia  (Esp) 71 66 70 65; S Lowry  (Irl) 67 68 70 67; P Waring  (Eng) 72 63 69 68; R Green (Aus) 72 68 62 70; R Wattel  (Fra) 67 68 69 68; A Levy (Fra) 70 67 66 69; O Fisher  (Eng) 72 66 65 69; A Wall (Eng) 69 69 68 66;

273 M Foster (Eng) 70 69 65 69; A Hansen (Den) 66 72 67 68; M Hoey  (Nir) 66 69 69 69; P Casey  (Eng) 73 67 63 70; R Karlsson (Swe) 68 66 68 71; T Hatton (Eng) 69 67 70 67;

274 M Nixon (Eng) 69 67 69 69; B Grace  (RSA) 67 67 74 66; J Dantorp (Swe) 68 68 67 71;

275 J Quesne  (Fra) 71 68 69 67; E Pepperell (Eng) 72 64 72 67;

276 J Hansen  (Den) 70 70 68 68; C Del Moral (Esp) 68 68 66 74; A Sullivan (Eng) 66 69 75 66; W Ormsby (Aus) 71 67 69 69; J Walters (RSA) 71 69 66 70; E Goya (Arg) 72 67 66 71; C Lee (Sco) 69 65 69 73; C Wood  (Eng) 70 70 66 70; T Fleetwood  (Eng) 70 69 69 68; D Drysdale (Sco) 72 68 68 68; G Bhullar (Ind) 67 70 69 70; G Stal  (Fra) 66 69 70 71;

277 S Walker (Eng) 67 69 72 69; M Jiménez (Esp) 67 67 73 70; J Kruger (RSA) 72 65 69 71; M Madsen  (Den) 70 68 69 70; J Heath  (Eng) 75 65 67 70;

278 A Cañizares  (Esp) 70 67 70 71;

279 G Storm  (Eng) 66 73 69 71; A Gee  (Eng) 71 69 69 70; M Ilonen  (Fin) 68 72 71 68; M Kieffer (Ger) 69 71 67 72;

280 M Korhonen (Fin) 69 71 69 71; J Campillo (Esp) 67 71 70 72;

281 M Siem  (Ger) 70 66 73 72; D McGrane (Irl) 69 71 71 70; V Dubuisson  (Fra) 71 69 69 72; A Saddier (Fra) 70 70 69 72; M Röhrig (am) (Ger) 73 67 71 70;

282 R Fisher (Eng) 70 70 71 71;

283 J Carlsson (Swe) 68 72 67 76; T Lewis (Eng) 67 72 72 72; J Knutzon (USA) 70 69 71 73;

284 N Elvira  (Esp) 67 68 72 77; J Daly (USA) 70 67 76 71; A Hartø  (Den) 68 66 77 73;

285 D Im (USA) 68 70 72 75;

Source: European Tour

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