Mikael Lundberg lifts the Lyoness Open trophy in a sudden death play-off against Bernd Wiesberger.
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Both players had finished the competition at -12 under par, with Mikael carding a superb -7 under par 65 last round, to deny Bernd Wiesberger a home town win at Diamond Country Club.
I am not sure about the ethics of using a par three as the first play-off hole, but that’s what they did. Both players were on green with their tee shots, Mikael forty feet from the pin, Bernd was left with just 18 feet. The longer putt dropped in and the shorter one was missed.
Mikael played and putted well, and everything just fell into place for him;
“Today just started off really well on the first couple of holes. I made some really nice putts that changed the whole attitude. 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. 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.”
Bernd had gambled by not playing the US Open qualifier at Walton Heath, and needed to win here to be certain of qualification. He now has to wait and see the results from FedEx St Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour.
He said he was very proud of the way he performed at home this week;
“I can be proud of myself this week, I played good, not great. It would be nice to get a chance to play the US Open and if I get there I will be in good form as well.”
“I was happy to take the lead and I had it in my hands, I threw it away a little bit, I hit five bad shots on the 16th which cost me. I hit a better shot in the play-off but he made a great putt. He has not been in the winner’s circle for a while, he deserves it, but I lost it a bit. I would have taken getting into a play-off at the beginning of the day, but it’s a bit cruel now.”
The defending champion Joost Luiten finished in third place at -11 under par, a poor final round of even par dashed any hopes he had of retaining his title from last year.
He was obviously disappointed that he let a two lead at the start of the day slip away;
“I didn’t play great, didn’t get any good breaks and nothing went my way. It was one of those days. If you are two clear you want to win and finish it off and if you don’t do that you’re disappointed.”