SPORTS

Alex Noren wins European Masters in playoff with Scott Hend

  • Alex Noren of Sweden hits out of a bunker during the third round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

    Alex Noren of Sweden hits out of a bunker during the third round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alex Noren of Sweden plays the ball during the third round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

    Alex Noren of Sweden plays the ball during the third round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, Lee Westwood of England, Paolo Quirici of Switzerland, Danny Willett of England, from left to right,  arrive to play Hickory golf on the side line of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Hickory golf is a variation of golf played with hickory shafted golf clubs.  (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

    Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, Lee Westwood of England, Paolo Quirici of Switzerland, Danny Willett of England, from left to right, arrive to play Hickory golf on the side line of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Hickory golf is a variation of golf played with hickory shafted golf clubs. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Alex Noren of Sweden sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Scott Hend of Australia in a playoff for the European Masters title on Sunday.

Noren fired a 5-under round of 65 to be tied at 17 under with Hend, the overnight leader who carded a 66 on the Swiss Alps course.

The 39th-ranked Noren won the 450,000 euros ($502,000) prize and his sixth European Tour title on the same Swiss Alps course where his first came in 2009.

In third place, Andrew "Beef" Johnston of England went 5 under on the inward nine holes to card a 65, trailing Noren and Hend by three.

Lee Westwood was best of Europe's Ryder Cup players, firing a 7-under 63 to place fourth, five strokes back.