Thomas Pieters, of Belgium, takes the title at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, on the wonderfully named Albatross Golf Resort, in Prague.
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Thomas cruised to victory with a final round -3 under par 69 at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, giving him a three shot win with his -20 under par tournament total.
Thomas lost in a play-off to Miguel Angel Jiménez at the 2014 Open de España, so was absolutely delighted to pick up his first European Tour victory here;
“This means everything to me. You work all year long for this and all my life right up to now.”
“To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling right now. I’m happy to have my family with me and I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially after that early double.”
“I had some really good numbers coming in on the back nine so I could hit it full. On 18 I had a perfect number and I hit a good shot and good putt, which was a nice way to finish.
“To say I can hold on to a lead and go low is nice. I’ve not really done that before. To be able to shoot 20 under par is great.”
“I tried to stay patient today and I think I did a really good job. I was very nervous coming down the stretch to be honest.”
“That just goes away the more you are in contention, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.”
“It was special having my family here with me. I called them yesterday and they were in Belgium. For them to be here right now is pretty cool that they can experience this with me.”
“They drove through the night to get here. It is a nine hour journey, but it is great to have them here.”
“It’s great to get a victory so early in my career. There are so many players out here that maybe haven’t won, or who have just won once, so I am really happy right now.”
Pelle Edberg, from Sweden, took second place, a last round -1 under par 71 giving him a -17 under par total, three shots off the pace.
He started well, but a three putt started the decline in birdies;
“I left a few shots out there today so I’m a bit disappointed. Thomas and I played the same way as yesterday but he just beat me, so big congratulations to him.”
“I started really well but then had a three putt and got away with a few pars. I didn’t really make any putts after the fifth hole today so it was tough.”
“This was a bit different to when I’ve finished second before. In Sweden I was very nervous playing with Peter Hanson.”
“This week I’ve been much more relaxed and felt much more comfortable, so it is a step in the right direction.”
Matthew Fitzpatrick finished in third place, his final round -4 under par 68 giving him that position at -16 under par.
Matthew was happy to claim third, and is now looking forward to his 21st birthday next week;
“It’s a good week for me, finishing third. I got off to a great start today. It would have been nice to have carried it on.”
“I gave myself great chances on five, six, seven and eight, and then stalled on the back nine. I was a couple of clubs out on a couple of holes, but I can’t complain.”
“At the start of the year I would have taken finishing third here.”
“I keep coming close so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep putting myself in positions and hopefully it will come.”
“It was always going to be difficult being five behind at the start of the day, but I got it going early on but it is difficult to keep going low hole after hole.”
“I’ve already exceeded my expectations at the start of the year by a country mile so I’ve just got to keep going in the right direction.”
“It’s my 21st birthday next week so I’m looking forward to going to America to celebrate with my friends and then get ready for five on the spin.”
Happy Birthday Matthew