Wiesberger wins Scottish Open in
playoff over Hebert
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[July 15, 2019]
(Reuters) - Austrian Bernd
Wiesberger made hard work of it but eventually won the Scottish Open
when he beat Benjamin Hebert in a playoff in North Berwick on
After sinking a six-foot par clutch putt at the final hole of
regulation to force the playoff, Wiesberger clinched victory at the
third extra hole with another par at the par-four 18th at the
Frenchman Hebert, without a European Tour victory, came close to
pulling off a stunning upset when he surged from seven strokes
behind in the final round, shooting nine-under-par 62.
But his nerves betrayed him in the playoff as he three-putted twice.
After missing a putt from barely four feet that would have won it at
the second extra hole, Hebert was wide again from not much longer at
the next, which proved the nail in the coffin.
Wiesberger had shot a closing 69 to match Hebert at 22-under 262,
two strokes clear of Frenchman Romain Langasque, to force the
Though Hebert fell short, he got the consolation prize of a spot in
the British Open which starts at Royal Portrush on Thursday.
Wiesberger, already exempt for the final major of the year, exuded a
look of relief rather than excitement after holing out from four
feet for his sixth victory on the European Tour, and his second of
"It was a long day but somehow I managed," he was quoted as saying
on the European Tour website.
"I would have loved to seal it with a couple of pars coming in but
sometimes it just tests you. I'm very grateful for how it turned
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Austria's Bernd Wiesberger celebrates with the trophy after winning
the Scottish Open Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
The result moved 33-year-old Wiesberger atop the tour's season-long
Race to Dubai rankings, and he will jump into the top 50 in the
"Being in places where you have no control over what is going to
happen next all of last year makes it just a lot sweeter and you
appreciate it a lot more," he said.
Englishman Andrew 'Beef' Johnson and Italian Nino Bertasio, who tied
for fourth on 19-under, also earned places in the British Open as
previously non-exempt players.
Rory McIlroy closed out a quiet week with a 69 that left him equal
34th, nine strokes off the pace.
Though he never quite fired on all cylinders, the Northern Irishman
broke 70 in every round in a solid tune-up for Portrush.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Clare
Fallon and Ken Ferris)
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