Jul 5th, 2015
Words: Daniel Owen
Lightning struck for Bernd Wiesberger as he captured his third European Tour title, blitzing the field with a final round 65 in the Alstom Open de France.
The Austrian was three shots behind leader Jaco Van Zyl at the start of the day, but Wiesberger was sparked into action after lightning delayed the final round.
Four succesive birdies from the fourth plus a tap in on the ninth gave him a stunning 31 on the front nine, while he canned a 15 footer on the last for a flawless 65.
This was 29 year old Wiesberger’s first win since capturing two titles in 2012, and a €500,000 cheque for his biggest pay day of his European Tour career.
“It's been a great first half of the year for me so far,” he said. “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.
Runner up James Morrison dropped only one shot over the last three rounds, but the Open de España winner could not keep up with his playing partner’s scoring – although a bold tee shot to the 16th and a fourth birdie of the day from six feet did set up a tense finish.
A final round 67 gave him outright second on ten under par, but more importantly him, Nico Van Zyl and Rafa Cabrera- Bello all qualified for the Open in two weeks time, as the highest non finishers who hadn’t already qualified for the event.