Austrian Weisberger claims third European Tour title


Austrian Bernd Wiesberger captured his third European Tour title in impressive fashion, claiming the French Open in style at Le Golf National near Paris.

Three behind overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) at the start of the day, Wiesberger burst into life after lightning briefly delayed the final round.

The 29-year-old made four birdies in succession from the 4th before nearly holing his approach to the 9th and tapping in for another to reach the turn in 31.

With the chasing pack unable to reel him in over the notoriously tough back nine, Wiesberger always looked in control of matters and ended in a blaze of glory by holing a 15ft birdie putt on the last green after a glorious drive and approach shot.

That gave him a closing round of 65, a -13 total, and a three shot winning margin over England’s James Morrison who made a brave effort, signing off with a 67.

It was Weisberger’s first win since his double success in 2012 and the €500,000 cheque is his biggest European Tour pay day.

However, after several nearmisses and top 10s it has been on the cards. He said: “It’s been a great first half of the year for me so far. 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.”

Morrison finished two shots clear of Van Zyl while strongly fancied former French Open winner Martin Kaymer was one further back after a costly double bogey on the 18th.

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