Playing in Alex Levy’s shadow for 54 holes, Germany’s Marcel Siem rose to the occasion on Sunday, chipping in a birdie on a playoff hole to knock off Levy and Ross Fisher to win the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
After missing a six-foot putt that would have won the tournament in regulation, Siem came back with a birdie on the same hole, a birdie that neither Fisher nor Levy could replicate.
Siem jumped up to fourth in the points chase in the Race to Dubai despite shooting a 73 on the day.He was 2-under at the turn, but had five bogeys on the back nine before winning the playoff.
Levy looked like the runaway winner to take the tournament title, sitting at 22-under through three rounds, but he staggered under windy conditions and ended up 6-over with a 78. He was at even par through 11 holes, then hit a disastrous double-bogey 7 on No. 13, and followed that with bogeys on 14, 16 and 18 to lose the lead completely.
Fisher, on the other hand, came out firing and shot a 5-under 67. He had four birdies in his first seven holes. Levy’s collapse left the field wide open, and there were plenty of takers to get back into the race, including 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose, who fired an even-par 72 to finish one stroke back.