2005: PGA European Tour - Opportunity knocks, Fasth answers

Hamburg, Germany

Angel Cabrera gave Niclas Fasth a little opening at the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe July 24, and Fasth took advantage.

Cabrera, three shots ahead at the time, bogeyed the final hole to finish at 14-under 274. Fasth, playing behind Cabrera, birdied three of the last five holes to match the Argentine’s total.

Fasth, who won in a playoff earlier this year at the Holden New Zealand Open, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff for the triumph. Fasth shot 72-68 in the final two rounds played Sunday because of Thursday’s washout. Cabrera shot 68-67.

Cabrera said he knew his 72nd-hole bogey would be costly.

“I played well today and had a great week,” Cabrera said. “I was clear, but when I made the bogey at 18 I knew the opportunity had escaped.”

Fasth felt comfortable over the winning putt.

“The putt was downhill left to right, and I said to my caddie it was exactly the same putt as I holed to win in New Zealand.” Fasth said. “It was perfect.”

Fasth won 550,000 euros (approximately $662,943) and moved to No. 6 on the Order of Merit.

“This is by far my biggest win,” said Fasth, who also won the 2000 Madeira Island Open. “This is one of the big ones. I knew I had to pick up some shots in the closing holes, but there are chances there and I managed to hole a few putts.”

Cabrera won 366,660 euros ($441,954) and moved to No. 3 in earnings.

“In the playoff I missed the putt,” said Cabrera, who won the BMW Championship in May. “That was all. It was tough – 39 holes.”

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