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Antoine Rozner holes improbable putt to win Qatar Masters

Antoine Rozner reacts to winning 2021 Qatar Masters
France's Antoine Rozner reacts to sinking a 60-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Qatar Masters on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.

Frenchman sinks 60-footer for birdie on final hole for 1-stroke victory, his 2nd title in past 4 months on European Tour

France’s Antoine Rozner holed what he called “probably the biggest putt of my career,” a 60-foot birdie snake on the final hole Sunday, to win the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar.

Rozner, 28, sank the double-breaking putt over a ridge for birdie at the par-4 18th hole at Education City Golf Club. Rozner, who started the final round three strokes off the lead, shot 4-under 67 in the final round for an 8-under 276 total and one-stroke victory (scores).

“It's unreal,” Rozner said. “In my biggest dreams, I couldn't imagine anything like this happening. It's probably the biggest putt of my career. Amazing. It's so early in my career, only my second year on tour. I'm playing great, so I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, playing the way I've been playing the last two years and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me. It's very promising.”

The victory was his second title on the European Tour, coming three months after he won the Golf in Dubai Championship. He also won twice on Europe’s Challenge Tour in 2019 en route to the developmental tour’s player of the year.

U.S. college golf fans might remember Rozner from his 2012-16 career at Missouri-Kansas City, where he won six times and finished eighth in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, who shot a final-round 69, shared second place with South Africa’s Darren Fichardt (71) and Italy’s Guido Migliozzi (65) at 7-under 277. Wales’ Jamie Donaldson (70) and England’s Richard McEvoy (68) shared fifth place at 5-under 279.

Kurt Kitayama (68) tied for ninth and finished as the top American among five who started. The tournament was the fourth consecutive event on the European Tour schedule to be played in the Middle East before the tour heads to Kenya for the next two weeks.

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