Johannes Veerman Wins Maiden European Tour Title

Johannes Veerman Wins Maiden European Tour Title

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After Tapio Pulkkanen produced a bogey-double bogey finish, Veerman held his nerve to secure his first European title at the D+D Real Czech Masters by two shots.

Johannes Veerman Wins Maiden European Tour Title

The 29-year-old had been one shot back of overnight leader Tapio Pulkkanen with two holes remaining.

However, thanks to Pulkkanen's collapse over the final remaining holes, Johannes Veerman would secure the Czech Masters.

As a result of  the win, the American now moves into the top-30 in the Race to Dubai standings, with the victory the biggest of his career.

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"It's unbelievable. I played with two great players today, both of them played really well the whole way. At one point there was three of four of us all tied for the lead, but I stuck to my game and I can't believe that I won," said Veerman.

Starting in the final group alongside Pulkkanen and former Major champion Henrik Stenson, (opens in new tab) Veerman saw his two shot deficit to the leader double over the opening two holes. As Pulkkanen opened up his final round with a birdie at the 1st, Veerman would bogey the 2nd.

Sharing birdies at the 4th, a flurry of trading blows followed, with the American birdieing the 6th, 9th and 10th to temporarily take the lead from his closest rival.

Pulkkanen, who bogeyed the 8th and 10th, battled back though, as a birdie at the par-5 12th and back-to-back gains at the 15th and 16th put him one ahead of Veerman (opens in new tab) with two holes to play.

A bogey followed for the Finn though at the par-4 17th, with the duo tied heading down the treacherous final hole.

Then came a decisive painful blow for Pulkkanen. With his approach shot finding the water at the last, he would go on to make a double bogey six. Meanwhile, his playing partner, two-putted for par and a two shot win.

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Veerman is congratulated by Pulkkanen on the 18th. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Speaking after his round, Veerman said: "I've never been so nervous on the approach shot into 18 and I was even more nervous over that putt.

"It's amazing. I mean the fans here are just great, they were encouraging me and everyone else all the way in. It was just really good to play in front of them."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

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Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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