Brooks defeats Henry in playoff at Madeira Islands Open
05/11/2014 2:36 PM
05/11/2014 4:00 PM
Madeira, Portugal (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Brooks parred the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Scott Henry and win the Madeira Islands Open.
Brooks carded a 5-under 67 during the second and final round at Santo da Serra Golf Club to end the tournament at 9-under-par 135.
Henry birdied his final three holes to close out a 4-under 68 and meet him there.
Brooks earned his first career win on the European Tour on a somber note, however, as the day also saw caddie Ian MacGregor die on the course from an apparent heart attack.
Tournament officials met with the players and caddies to decide whether or not to resume the tournament, and it was decided to carry on.
"It's great to get a win, but it's not nice to do it in these circumstances," said Brooks. "It's horrible what happened out there so my condolences go out to all of his family."
Fabrizio Zanotti (68), Antonio Hortal (69), Jordi Garcia Pinto (69) and Julien Guerrier (69) shared third place at 6-under, while Martin Wiegele (70), Johan Edfors (69) and Michael Lorenzo-Vera (68) tied for seventh at minus-5.
Jose-Filipe Lima (71) and Steven Tiley (68) shared 10th at 4-under 140.
The event was shortened to 36 holes on Saturday after struggling with fog all week. The first round was finally completed earlier on Sunday. They then made a cut and 75 players went out for the second and final round.
Brooks entered the final four holes of the tournament with a 3-shot lead, but a 2-stroke swing at the 16th pulled Henry within one as he birdied the hole to move to 7-under and Brooks tripped to a bogey to fall to minus-8.
After the duo traded birdies at the 17th to remain a shot apart, Henry converted his third straight birdie at the 18th to meet Brooks at 9-under and force the playoff.
Brooks and Henry returned to the par-4 18th for the playoff, where both players found the green with their approach.
Henry was the furthest away at 25 feet and needed three putts to find the hole. Brooks took advantage with his 2-putt par from 12 feet away to claim the victory.
"Obviously I was not looking like catching up with Daniel towards the end," Henry said. "I'm obviously disappointed to be beaten in a playoff but everything that's happened, it puts things into perspective a little."
Henry earlier held a 1-stroke lead at the end of the first round, which he completed on Friday, but Brooks birdied the second to meet him atop the leaderboard at 5-under.
Lima then jumped ahead when he followed a birdie at the second with an eagle at the third to move to minus-6, but Brooks and Henry quickly made it a three- way tie with birdies at the third.
Lima bogeyed the fifth to lose his share of the lead, and he would go on to bogey the seventh and 10th to fall well off the pace.
Henry was next to fall behind when he bogeyed the eighth to leave Brooks alone at 6-under.
Zanotti, meanwhile, recorded birdies at the first, third and seventh during an outward 33 to make the turn at 5-under. He then recorded another birdie at the 14th to grab a share of the lead, but bogeyed the 15th to fall back to 5- under.
Brooks moved to 7-under with a birdie at the 11th, but Henry also birdied the same hole to reach 6-under and leave Brooks' lead at one moments before play was suspended when MacGregor, who was the caddie for Alastair Forsyth, collapsed and died on the ninth fairway.
When play resumed, Henry was joined in second place by Zanotti and Wiegele before Brooks birdied the 13th and 14th to move to 9-under and open up a 3- stroke lead.
"I felt that was what Mac would have wanted," Forsyth said about the decision to keep playing. "He was a guy I've known for 15 years and he was very popular amongst the caddies. Obviously, my thoughts go out to his family. For something like that to happen so suddenly is so sad."
NOTES: This was Brooks' first career top-10 finish on the European Tour. It was his 35th start ... Brooks is the seventh first-time winner on tour this season ... Brooks collected 100,000 euros with the victory ... The European Tour moves to Spain next week for the Open de Espana, where Raphael Jacquelin drained a 5-foot birdie putt on the record-tying ninth playoff hole last year to defeat Maximilian Kieffer and Felipe Aguilar.
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