Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters wins first EPGA tournament

Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters won his first EPGA tournament on Sunday as he surged to a three-shot victory at the Czech Masters.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 30, 2015, 23:36 PM IST
Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters wins first EPGA tournament

Prague: Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters won his first EPGA tournament on Sunday as he surged to a three-shot victory at the Czech Masters.

The 23-year-old from Antwerp came into the final day with a one shot lead and kept his nerve down the stretch with a rock solid three under par round of 69 to finish on 20-under and relegate Sweden`s Pelle Edberg into second.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick carded an excellent final round of four under 68 to lie alone in third place, four shots behind the champion.

"I can`t really explain it right now, it`s stuff you dream about but I`ve worked really hard and it`s great to get this first win under my belt so early in my career," said the big-hitting right hander.

"My family drove all night to be here even if I told them not to come because I thought it might make me nervous but it`s great that they`re here.

"I tried to stay calm early in the round even after I made double bogey (at the third) but I managed to regain my focus. Coming down the stretch over those last couple holes, I was pretty nervous but we`re going to celebrate tonight (Sunday)," he added.

Englishman Robert Dinwiddie came home fourth on 14-under and six back while three players including Italian Renato Paratore, Roope Kakko of Finland and Denmark`s Thorbjorn Olesen were a further three strokes back and tied for fifth.

Frenchman Gregory Bourdy had one of the best rounds of the day and climbed into a tie for eighth on 10-under following a five under 67.

Formerly known as the Czech Open, the tournament became the Czech Masters in 2014 and is played at the lush par-72 Albatross Golf Club in Prague.