Frittelli wins maiden title at Lyoness Open


Dylan Frittelli claimed his first European Tour victory by one shot after a final-round 67 at the Lyoness Open in Austria.

The South African Challenge Tour graduate, who has twice lost in a play-off, parred the final hole to finish one clear of Mikko Korhonen, David Horsey and Jbe Kruger. 

Frittelli claimed his first Challenge Tour victory in Austria, so it seems fitting his first European Tour title came at the Lyoness Open. 

He began the day two-shots behind overnight leader Felipe Aguilar, and having carded six birdies and a solitary bogey he stood on the 18th tee with a one-shot advantage - with Jbe Kruger having dropped a shot on the last. 

Frittelli was thrilled to secure his first European Tour crown. He said: "I'm just elated. 

"I'm really happy with the way the week went - super stoked to get my first win on the European Tour - I think it's been a long time coming and I am glad to be inside the winner's circle.

"I was just trying to get it on the green, make a par and avoid a play-off. My zero and two record in play-offs is not very good so I didn't want to have extra guys in the play-off trying to beat them on the 18th. 

"Hopefully I get into The Open with this performance and it should move me up the Race to Dubai and open up some more doors down the road.

"On 17 that was crucial. To get up-and-down there and leave myself with a par chance on the last for the win was definitely key.

"I was pretty relaxed through the back nine actually. I felt a lot more nervous in China and gained a lot from that experience having lost to Alex Levy in a play-off, but I felt good coming down the back nine and hit some really crucial shots, so I’m really proud of how I handled the nerves."