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Austrian wins first European Tour title in the Ballentine's Championship

 

Bernd Wiesberger won his first European Tour title with ease in the Ballantine’s Championship as the Austrian demolished the field by five shots.

He began the final round five shots ahead of his nearest rival and birdied three of his last four holes to maintain his lead at the end.

“I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of my life,” said Wiesberger. “I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it was awesome.

“My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and try to make putts, and they dropped in the end.

“I didn’t get nervous, I had three or four shots. There was a pretty shaky moment at 12 but I made a great chip and a putt for par, but I just tried to enjoy it the last three or four holes in.

He charged ahead of the chasing pack after consecutive course-record rounds of 65 and shot a closing round of 68 to claim his maiden win on the European Tour.

He has been a runner up twice but there was very little chance of Wiesberger missing out this time as he played his final 59 holes without dropping a shot at Blackstone Golf Club.

“I fly home tonight, I’m pretty sure I’ll have a shot of Ballantine’s in the Emirates lounge. I'm going to bring back a couple of bottles of Ballantine's so they will be opened, I'm sure."
Ramsay birdied the last to finish second on 13 under after a 65, two ahead of Fraser and France’s first-round leader Victor Dubuisson.

“I'm really, really pleased with the round, it's been fantastic,” said former South African Open Champion Ramsay. “You never want to lose – being a golfer, we always want to be the one that wins – but Bernd has played fantastically well out there.

“Obviously the fact that he's a really nice guy – I played with him a few times on The Challenge Tour – and he's a top-class guy. If you're going to get beat by somebody, it might as well be Bernd because he's a good guy.

“All in all it's been a great week and I felt that it had been coming and it's nice to just put a number on the board.”

 


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