North Berwick - Austria's
Bernd Wiesberger won the Scottish Open at the third playoff hole as a
brilliant nine under par round was not enough for France's Benjamin
Hebert on Sunday.
Wiesberger held a two-shot overnight advantage but saw it overtaken
by Hebert's round of 62 to set the clubhouse lead at 22 under par.
After a bogey at the second, four birdies put Wiesberger in pole
position once more only to drop a shot at the 17th to force a playoff.
Hebert then missed two glorious chances to secure his first European Tour title in the opening two playoff holes on the 18th.
The Frenchman three-putted again third time round and Wiesberger took
full advantage to claim his second win in his last six events.
"We just dug in there. I would have loved to seal it off with a
couple of pars coming in but sometimes it just tests you. I'm very
grateful for how it turned out," said Wiesberger, who also finished tied
for second at last week's Irish Open.
"It's just really, really nice to be able to stand here with the
trophy at the end of the day. It was a long day but somehow I managed."
Another Frenchman Romain Langasque claimed third on 20-under par,
while charismatic Englishman Andrew Johnston and Italy's Nino Bertasio
sealed qualifying spots for next week's Open Championship with a share
of fourth on 19 under.
Former Open champion Henrik Stenson also finished on 19 under, while
Rory McIlroy warmed up for the Open on home soil in Northern Ireland
back in a share of 34th on 13 under after a round of 69 on Sunday.
scores from the fourth round of the European Tour's Scottish Open at
North Berwick on Sunday (par 71/GBR & IRL unless stated):
262 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 67-61-65-69, Benjamin Hebert (FRA) 67-67-66-62 (Wiesberger won at third playoff hole)
264 - Romain Langasque (FRA) 65-67-65-67
265 - Andrea Pavan (ITA) 68-69-62-66, Nino Bertasio (ITA)
63-67-67-68, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 65-65-69-66, Andrew Putnam (USA)
69-67-65-64, Andrew Johnston 69-65-69-62
266 - Rafael Cabrera (ESP) 66-67-67-66, George Coetzee (RSA)
68-68-64-66, Justin Thomas (USA) 67-64-70-65, Lee Slattery 64-64-70-68,
Jamie Donaldson 64-69-65-68
267 - Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 68-63-67-69, Erik van Rooyen (RSA)
64-64-67-72, Tyrrell Hatton 70-66-64-67, Matt Wallace 68-66-64-69, Ian
Poulter 65-67-69-66, Matthew Fitzpatrick 67-65-67-68
268 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 64-68-68-68, Adrian Otaegui (ESP)
67-64-67-70, Kalle Samooja (FIN) 64-67-69-68, Romain Wattel (FRA)
63-71-68-66, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68-69-66-65, Matt Kuchar (USA)
271 - Rory McIlroy 67-67-68-69
272 - Eddie Pepperell 67-67-69-69
274 - Lee Westwood 70-67-67-70