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.
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.