Apr 23rd, 2017
Bernd Wiesberger wins Shenzhen International
In play–off against Tommy Fleetwood
Words: James Greenwood Photography: Getty Images
Bernd Wiesberger has beaten Tommy Fleetwood in a play–off to win the Shenzhen International on a dramatic final day at Genzon Golf Club.
Wiesberger had a three–shot lead going into the final lead, and was a whole eight shots ahead of Fleetwood.
But Fleetwood was on fire, and shot a 63 to set the clubhouse target and a share of the top spot at 16 under.
Wiesberger made par saves on the 12th and 17th and nearly hit the pin with his approach to the last but had to make do with a par and a play–off against Fleetwood.
Wiesberger took the risky line over the water off the tee at the 18th, the first play–off hole, and ended up in the bank Fleetwood played more conservatively onto the fairway and made the centre of the green with his second.
Wiesberger then put his approach to five feet and rolling in the putt for a birdie and the victory.
Wiesberger has not missed a cut since the US PGA Championship, and has claimed seven top five finishes in that time.
Victory today gives him his fourth win on the European Tour in his 200th event and his first in a play–off after losing the previous three times he had gone to extra holes.
Ross Fisher finished with a 68 and held a share of the lead stood on the 18th tee but a three-putt bogey saw him fall out of the play-off.
George Coetzee also shared the lead after birdieing the 16th and 17th but a disastrous eight on the last after finding the water twice ended his hopes.