WIESBERGER CLAIMS ROLEX SERIES ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST AT THE RENAISSANCE CLUB.
Bernd Wiesberger won his first Rolex Series title as he beat Benjamin Hebert in a twilight play-off at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
The Austrian entered the final day at The Renaissance Club with a two shot lead but found himself trailing after Hebert carded a stunning closing 62 to set the target at 22 under.
Wiesberger had edged back ahead with two to play but bogeyed the 17th in a 69 before a par on the third play-off hole handed him a sixth European Tour title.
For Frenchman Hebert, there is the consolation of a place in the field at next week’s Open Championship alongside England’s Andrew Johnston – who also carded a closing 62 – and Italian Nino Bertasio.
France’s Romain Langasque finished two shots off the lead, with Bertasio, Johnson, Andrea Pavan, Andrew Putnam and Henrik Stenson at 19 under.
Wiesberger missed seven months of last season with a wrist injury but now has two wins in 2019 and moves to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex.
Johnston set the early target with the lowest round of his European Tour career and Wiesberger soon joined him as he pulled his second shot on the second into thick rough left of the green.
The leading group had swelled to four when Hebert added to birdies on the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh with another gain on the tenth, and he led on his own when he holed from six feet at the par five 12th.
Wiesberger joined him at 20 under with an up-and-down on the par five seventh and from there it became an enthralling two horse race.
Another approach to around six feet at the 13th nudged Hebert ahead again but Wiesberger holed a long putt at the ninth to peg him back.
Hebert missed his opportunity at the gettable par five 16th but hit a wonderful tee shot to nine feet at the par three next to set the target before Wiesberger caught him again with a tap-in on the 12th.
An 18 foot left to righter on the 16th made Wiesberger a firm favourite but he failed to get up and and down after missing the green on the next, and holed a nervy seven footer on the last to take it to extra holes.
Both men parred the first trip up the 18th before bogeying the next, but a three putt from Hebert allowed Wiesberger to claim victory from five feet.
Langasque – already qualified for The Open via the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg – made six birdies and two bogeys in a 67 for a fifth top ten of the season after regaining his card via the Challenge Tour.
Johnston revealed in last week’s European Tour Player Blog presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car that he has been struggling with mental health issues and Beef’s qualification for The Open will delight his many legions of fans.
He got to 20 under with his tenth birdie of the day on the 16th but dropped a shot on the last, while Bertasio made five birdies and two bogeys in a 68.
Major Champion Stenson carded a 66 to finish a week in which the Swede only dropped shots on the 17th in round three with a 66, a score matched by Italian Pavan and bettered by two shots by American Putnam.
Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, South African George Coetzee, Welshman Jamie Donaldson, England’s Lee Slattery and American Justin Thomas finished at 18 under.
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