Wiesberger rallies for French Open victory|
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Bernd Wiesberger fired a 6-under 65 in
Sunday's final round and the Austrian went on to win by three shots at the
Open de France.
Wiesberger finished the week at 13-under-par 271. It is his third career
victory on the European Tour and first since winning twice back in 2012.
"It's been a great first half of the year for me so far," said Wiesberger.
"I've had a lot of great success, but just couldn't pull it quite off. To
stand here with the trophy right now, it's pretty sweet."
James Morrison was the next-closest finisher to Wiesberger. The Englishman
carded a 4-under 67 to finish alone in second at 10-under 274.
Third-round leader Jaco Van Zyl did not record a single birdie in his final
round en route to a 2-over 73 on the Albatross Course at Le Golf National. He
ended alone in third at 8-under 276.
Martin Kaymer shot a 1-under 70 to finish in fourth at minus-7, while Rafael
Cabrera-Bello (69) ended in fifth at 5-under 279.
Morrison, Van Zyl and Cabrera-Bello earned spots in the Open Championship
field by ending as the top-3 finishers inside the top-10 who were not already
Wiesberger began the day three shots back of the leader Van Zyl. Playing in
the penultimate group, Wiesberger started with three straight pars from one.
Van Zyl bogeyed the second hole, trimming his lead to one and leaving
Wiesberger just two back.
After about an hour delay due to a thunderstorm, Wiesberger went on a tear
that wound up winning him the tournament. He ripped off five birdies in a six-
hole stretch from No. 4, including a chip-in at No. 5, to post an opening-nine
31 and giving him a 4-shot lead.
"I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and
they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there
and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt," Wiesberger
said about what started his big run. "I felt really comfortable out there. I
had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66-65 (on the weekend), that's not a
Van Zyl did not do much else in his round. He made one more bogey on eight and
finished up with 10 straight pars to finish up in third.
Morrison, playing alongside Wiesberger, made things a little interesting down
the stretch, but could not quite catch his playing partner. Morrison made one
birdie on No. 3 and 10 pars over his first 11 holes, but was able to pull
within two shots of Wiesberger thanks to birdies on 12, 13 and 16.
Wiesberger was as calm as could be on the back side, however. He drained eight
straight pars from 10 and rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the last to
secure his 3-shot victory.
Kaymer was solid over his first 17 holes as he went bogey-free with three
birdies. However, a double-bogey at the last due to a ball in the water
dropped him into fourth.
Cabrera-Bello had a rough front nine that featured two birdies, a bogey and
two double-bogeys. However, two eagles and two birdies on the back nine saw
the Spaniard shoot a 29 coming in, vaulting him into fifth and securing him a
spot in the Open Championship.
NOTES: Wiesberger is the first Austrian to win this event ... His previous two
victories were at the Ballantine's Championship and the Lyoness Open in 2012
... This is Wiesberger's sixth top-6 finish on tour this season. He also has
two runner-ups ... This will be Cabrera-Bello's fourth appearance at the Open
Championship, while Morrison will be making his second start. Van Zyl has
never played at the Open ... Wiesberger earned 500,000 euros with this victory
... The European Tour is set for the Scottish Open next week, where Justin
Rose won by two shots over Kristoffer Broberg last year.
07/05 14:19:36 ET