Mikael Lundberg wins Lyoness Open

Mikael Lundberg wins Lyoness Open
Mikael Lundberg wins Lyoness Open
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Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg came through a playoff against home favourite Bernd Wiesberger to win the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity at the Diamond Country Club in Austria.

Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg came through a playoff against home favourite Bernd Wiesberger to win the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity at the Diamond Country Club in Austria.

Lundberg fired a superb closing round of 65 to post a clubhouse total of 12-under-par. Wiesberger, however, still led by one with three holes of regulation play remaining. But the Austrian bogeyed the 16th and was unable to recover the lost stroke over the last two holes.

So Lundberg and Wiesberger returned to the tee of the par-3 18th to decide the tournament in a sudden-death playoff. Both men found the green, although Wiesberger played the better tee shot, leaving himself less than 20-feet for a two.

The Austrian watched on as Lundberg stood up and holed a monster birdie putt across the green from some 40 feet. Wiesberger was unable to match the Swede and the tournament was Lundberg’s.

"As for the play-off, what can I say? I didn't hit a great shot and Bernd hit a fantastic shot but that's golf. Luckily I had almost the same putt on the 72nd hole so I had the line a little bit, but to hole that putt was fantastic,” he said.

"I tried not to look at the leaderboards and do my thing because they are great players and they had some par fives coming up which I thought they would birdie, so I just tried to put a good number out there and hopefully it was going to take me somewhere close. It's fantastic considering I've had to go back to the Tour School the last four years."

Wiesberger started the final round two behind defending champion Joost Luiten. But the Dutchman’s lead was gone after just two holes when Wiesberger birdied the first and Luiten bogeyed the second.

The pair were tied through nine, but Wiesberger pulled away with three birdies in six holes from the turn. Luiten couldn’t claw his way back and he posted a disappointing level par 72 to finish one back of the playoff.

England’s Lee Slattery closed with a 66 to end the week alone in fourth.

Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria Jun 5-8, purse €1,000,000, par 72

1    Mikael Lundberg (Swe)    67    68    76    65    276    €166,660 2    Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)    71    70    66    69    276    €111,110 3    Joost Luiten (Ned)    72    67    66    72    277    €62,600 4    Lee Slattery (Eng)    70    66    76    66    278    €50,000 T5    Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp) 70 75    68    67    280    €38,700 T5    Fabrizio Zanotti (Par)    69    68    72    71    280    €38,700 T7    Eduardo De La Riva (Esp) 73    69    70    69    281    €27,500 T7    Daniel Im (USA)        70    73    74    64    281    €27,500 T9    David Horsey (Eng)    73    73    65    71    282    €20,267 T9    Sihwan Kim (Kor)        70    68    73    71    282    €20,267 T9    Simon Wakefield (Eng)    70    71    70    71    282    €20,267

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

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