Kristoffer Broberg came from two shots back to capture the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Sunday, topping Patrick Reed with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Broberg, a 29-year-old Swede, closed with a 68 at Lake Malaren Golf Club to finish regulation tied with Reed (closing 67) at 17-under-par 271. The victory was Broberg’s first on the European Tour.
Who didn’t win
Reed, the 25-year-old American who has won four times on the PGA Tour, led by one with two to play but bogeyed the par-3 17th before bunkering his approach in the playoff. Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (closing 71), who had led through 54 holes, birdied 17 but missed a putt at the last to join the playoff, as did Korean Byeong Hun An (70). Jaidee and An finished T3 with Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (70) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (68). Spain’s Sergio García, who was in the hunt all week, faded to T11 with a closing 73.
How it happened
García shot 64 in the first round to take a one-stroke lead ahead of An and France’s Victor Dubuisson. After a second-round 66, Bjerregaard led by three ahead of García (71) and Jaidee (68). Jaidee posted a third-round 66 to surge one ahead of Bjerregaard (70), García (67) and An (66). On Sunday, Bjerregaard birdied three of the first five holes to set the early pace, but a sloppy bogey at No. 8 opened the door for Broberg, who birdied the hole to move in front. Bjerregaard soon rejoined Broberg at the top along with Paul Casey, who birdied the 13th, and García, who eagled the hole, but Broberg staked an approach to 2 feet at 14 and made birdie to retake command. Meanwhile Reed picked up four shots in four holes from the 13th, including a spectacular eagle at 15, where he holed out from a fairway bunker. But he missed a 5-foot par putt at 17, dropping him into.