Hend acknowledged that "I had the opportunity and I didn't take it. Fitzpatrick played great to win".
Scott Hend slumped back down to earth in a third round of the European Masters he was unable to finish, but still leads by two strokes going into the final day in Crans-Montana. But he also ends a bit of a drought, as prior to this week Fitzpatrick had not won a European Tour title since last November (at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).
He lost the same event in a play-off to Alex Noren past year and will rue missing his putt on the second additional hole, costing him the chance to land a third European Tour title.
"It's never nice to see", Fitzpatrick said of Hend's miss, "but we kept our nerve and we played really smart all week".
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OR also got a special teams touchdown against Southern Utah when Tony Brooks-James returned the opening kickoff for a score. Another junior came at the top, wide receiver Stanley Morgan caught five balls for 102 yards and one score.
Hend is not only looking to secure a third European Tour title but make amends in losing out in a play-off a year ago.
After a rain-affected day on Saturday, both players had holes to complete before they could start their final round.
Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (66) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (68) finished three back on 11 under in a tie for third place.
The Sheffield-born player briefly held a two-shot lead before making a bogey on the 17th hole. "He's a good champion". He bogeyed the 16th and fell four shots behind Hend for his return to the course three hours later. That made it seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch.
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The American pair battled it out at Flushing Meadows in a bid to win what would have been either's first Grand Slam title. She was serving at 30-all and came up with a dazzling passing shot down the line and went on to tie the set at 5.
Hend battled in the testing conditions and despite being two over on the day, his nearest rivals' rounds meant his lead lengthened.
The 44-year-old Hend struck a magnificent iron shot to six feet from the pin, only to pull his putt for a third European Tour victory past the lip.
Lee Westwood, the 1999 victor at the Crans-sur-Sierre club that is blanketed with snow each winter, finished on level par after a closing 69.
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McMaster took the opportunity to remind residents that even when the storm has passed, the challenges it brings will not be over. Lane reversals are not planned at this time but that could change as evacuations take place, McMaster said.