Aug 23rd, 2021
Veerman wins the Czech Masters
American battles his way to his maiden European Tour title
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The American started the final round at Albatross Golf Resort two strokes behind 54-hole leader Tapio Pulkkanen, who was also seeking a first European Tour victory.
He moved into the lead for the first time thanks to consecutive birdies on the 9th and 10th holes but was quickly caught at the top of the leaderboard by Sean Crocker and Henrik Stenson who also staked their claims for the title before falling away on the home straight.
Pulkannen recovered from bogeys on 8th and 10th with three birdies on the back nine, but another dropped shot on the 17th saw him share the lead with Veerman on the 18th tee on fifteen-under-par.
Veerman found the fairway with his drive, but Pulkkanen pushed his tee shot into the thick rough and his second shot found the water, putting paid to the Finn's title tilt. Veerman made the green in two and two-putted for par and his first European Tour victory.
“It feels amazing. I was asked if I could put it into words and I can’t. When I walked off the green I felt relief, more than anything, said Veerman.
"Being neck-and-neck with Henrik, and Tapio, and Sean Crocker and a whole bunch of guys. To come out on top. Breathe a sigh of relief. I’m elated. I feel amazing."
Crocker and Pulkkanen shared second on thirteen-under-par, while 2016 Czech Masters winner Paul Peterson and Stenson finished joint fourth one stroke further back.