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Ireland's Paul Dunne is in action during the first round of the Omega European Masters Golf tournament in Crans-Montana Switzerland Thursday Sept. 1 2016 GOLF: Three and easy for Howell
Spencer Simpson | 06 September, 2016, 00:30

Australia's Scott Hend has shot a five-under-par round of 65 to lead the European Masters.

"It was unbelievable. I've never won coming from behind".

Noren, who won the first of his six European Tour titles at Crans-sur-Sierre in 2009, led by two shots with four holes to play, but he was unable to match Hend's birdie at the long 15th and the Swede then three-putted the 17th green.

"I think Alex played the 18th hole way better than I did and made an awesome birdie for a deserving win".

The Queenslander was left to rue errant tee shots on the 18 hole - one in regulation from which he escaped with a miraculous par and the other in extra holes when he didn't have a realistic attempt to match Noren, whose sixth career European Tour moved him into the world's top 30.

Hend made amends with a birdie from eight feet on the 12th, but Noren had produced an even better approach and holed from half the distance to maintain his two-shot cushion. Hend saved par to force the playoff as rain started to fall for the first time all week. "I took some time off after we had a baby, it's great to have the family with me here to celebrate".

The big hitting Queenslander was philosophical about the result congratulating Noren on his good play. I tried to play more golf and I feel steadier with my driver. "I have no pressure and maybe that's why I can play good". Both Hend and Noren would make par and go back to the tee to decide the tournament in sudden death.

Peterson, who held off Ryder Cup wild card Thomas Pieters to win his first European Tour title in the Czech Masters a fortnight ago, carded seven birdies and a single bogey to set a clubhouse target later matched by Brooks, Havret and Lorenzo-Vera.

Melbourne's Richard Green, who had a share of the overnight lead, endured a frustrating day, carding a one-over-par 71 to slip down to the leaderboard for a share of fifth spot - five shots off the lead.

Reigning Australian PGA Champion Nathan Holman closed with a two over 72 to be T68, while Brett Rumford bounced back from his third round 84 to wrap up his tournament with a 69 and finish outright 77.

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