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Wiesberger wins Ballantine's

2012-04-29 10:23
Bernd Wiesberger (AP)

Seoul, South Korea - Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a four-under 68 to secure his maiden European Tour victory with a five stroke win at the Ballantine's Championship on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Wiesberger made four birdies on his way to claiming the win to become only the third Austrian to win on the European Tour after Markus Brier and Martin Wiegele.

"I played the best three rounds of my life over the last few days." Wiesberger said. "My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible and give myself birdie putts.

"I had bad pace early on today and left a few short, but they dropped in the end."

Wiesberger finished at 18 under par, five strokes ahead of Richie Ramsay of Scotland, who shot a 65 to equal the course record.

"It was a fantastic day." Ramsay said. "I was a bit nervous going out but I had some mental notes in my head and every time I got a little bit nervous, I went back to them."

Victor Dubuisson, who had led after the first round, finished third alongside Australian Marcus Fraser. Adam Scott of Australia, the world No 12 and the highest ranked player at the event, finished 12th after shooting a 65.

"It's a good time to be starting to play good" Scott said. "There are three majors left this year, and the Players Championship amongst other things. Lots to play for.

"You can always take confidence from playing well," he added. "It's nice to be able to get some birdies, hit some good shots and I'll take that stuff back with me to the States."

Wiesberger went 55 holes without dropping a shot during the tournament, after making a double-bogey on the thirteenth par three in his first round.

His victory gives him his European Tour playing card until the end of 2014.

Englishman Ian Poulter finished a shot further back, as did home favourite YE Yang on seven under for the tournament.

Paul Casey continued to step up his comeback from a shoulder injury and finished 25th on five-under, finishing one-under par for the day.

Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez managed his first top five finish of the season after finishing the tournament at 10-under.

Final scores from the Ballantine's Championship at the par-72 course in Seoul on Sunday:

270 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 72-65-65-68

275 - Richie Ramsay (SCO) 70-72-68-65

277 - Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 68-75-68-66, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 71-67-69-70

278 - Anthony Wall (ENG) 73-67-71-67, Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 72-68-69-69

279 - Ross Fisher (ENG) 71-72-70-66, George Coetzee (RSA) 71-71-71-66, Alexander Noren (SWE) 75-66-69-69, Paul McGinley (IRL) 71-73-65-70, Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 71-69-68-71

280 - Adam Scott (AUS) 71-76-68-65, Romain Wattel (FRA) 72-73-67-68, David Howell (ENG) 73-69-68-70

281 - Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 70-72-73-66, David Oh (USA) 73-70-68-70, Ian Poulter (ENG) 75-67-69-70, Y.E. Yang (KOR) 74-71-66-70, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 76-69-65-71

282 - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 73-70-70-69, Bae Sang-Moon (KOR) 75-68-69-70, Brett Rumford (AUS) 73-70-70-69, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 74-69-69-70, Prom Meesawat (THA) 72-72-68-70

283 - Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 72-74-68-69, Matthew Zions (AUS) 74-71-70-68, Graeme Storm (ENG) 72-69-72-70, Paul Casey (ENG) 70-72-70-71, Rahman Siddikur (BAN) 75-69-68-71, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 71-71-69-72, Oliver Fisher (ENG) 71-70-67-75

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