When six players tie for the lead after 72 gripping holes of golf at the Turkish Airlines Open, part of the journalist in you is thrilled to watch – but then you realise you need a unique angle on events, and the light is fading fast.

This week, Matthias Schwab coughed up a three-shot lead heading into the final round, which saw Tyrrell Hatton, Kurt Kitayama, Victor Perez, Benjamin Hebert and Erik Van Rooyen – with a dramatic eagle at the last – form a fascinating sextuplet playoff for the first time in 17 years on the European Tour, with the small matter of $2m (£1.56m) at stake.

Dropping like flies, the group was soon whittled down to three, each with their own captivating story. One concerned a Ryder Cup hero and three-time winner (Hatton); another, a two-time winner and candidate for rookie of the year (Kitayama); and another, a pro awaiting a maiden victory but now fragile after 74 energy-sapping holes.

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