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Kristoffer Broberg fights off elite field for the BMW Masters title

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Kristoffer Broberg won his maiden victory on the European Tour at this weeks BMW Masters in Shanghai.

The Swede is somewhat unknown on the tour and currently sits in 169 in the World Rankings.

A name that is lost amongst the elite field of the tournament showed how anything can happen on the day. A final round of four-under-par secured a play-off position against American extrovert Patrick Reed.

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Reed took a one-shot lead going into the final two holes of general play after holing a 100-yard shot from a fairway bunker for eagle on the 15th. But a poor finish saw him take a step back alongside Broberg on 17-under-par, with a bogey at 17 and a missed birdie putt on 18.

Frustration was apparent on the 18th, with Reed throwing his ball into the water after letting his lead slip from his fingers.

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The 18th would play host to the two players for the fifth time this week. Reed made a rather difficult par on the play-off hole after finding the rough from the tee. His approach then found the greenside bunker before he fired his shot out and to four feet.

After missing a birdie on the 18th earlier on, Broberg made sure he didn't make the same mistake twice as he calmly held his nerve to secure his first victory on tour.

Broberg's win was the 100th by a Swede on the European Tour and was an overwhelming one for himself. "That's a dream come true. I've worked so hard all my life for this. I have no words," he told Sky Sports after his victory.

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