Bernd Wiesberger enjoyed a terrific final round at the 2015 Alstom Open de France on Sunday, shooting six-under 65 to win the title ahead of James Morrison and Martin Kaymer. The Austrian was flawless throughout the day while the bulk of his opponents struggled with the wind, grabbing his first European Tour win of the season.
Overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl couldn't keep his nerves but managed to limit the damage, finishing in third place and booking his ticket for The Open Championships in the process.
Here's a look at the final leaderboard scores, complete with details of the prize money payout, courtesy of the event's official website:
|2015 Alstom Open de France: Final Leaderboard|
|Pos||Player||To Par||Sunday's Score||Prize Money|
|3||Jaco Van Zyl||-8||73||€187,800|
Wiesberger started his round by making par on the first three holes before shifting gear, recording four straight birdies and five on the final six holes of the front nine. His putting was excellent, and he quickly moved into the lead with superb shots like this, via the European Tour's official Twitter account:
Compared to the scorching heat of the past few days, conditions weren't easy on Sunday. Play was delayed by thunderstorms for a while, and strong winds made for a rough day of golf.
Of the players still competing for the title, Wiesberger dealt with those conditions the best. Van Zyl and Rafa Cabrera-Bello in particular struggled finding the fairway early, opening the door for Wiesberger to cruise to a healthy lead.
Cabrera-Bello had an eventful day, to say the least. Just have a look at his scorecard midway through the back nine:
The Spaniard would end his round with two eagles and two birdies on the back nine for a final score of five-under 69.
In contrast, Wiesberger kept his cool. After his fantastic run through the front nine, he made par the rest of the way before signing off with another birdie on the 18th.
That final birdie was a big statement, as the rest of the field struggled tremendously putting up any kind of score on the 18th:
He earned some high praise from ESPN's Jason Sobel:
Kaymer looked the most likely to challenge Wiesberger for the win after an incredible start to his round, hitting the perfect approach to the first hole:
The German played solid golf throughout the day, but he simply couldn't match Wiesberger's incredible stretch toward the end of the front nine.
Morrison came closest to matching Wiesberger's score on Sunday, carding a four-under on his way to a second-placed finish. The Englishman didn't record a single bogey, thanks to a perfect performance on both his scrambles and sand saves, finishing the tournament with strong marks in both categories.
More importantly, the runner-up finish means he will be given a ticket for The Open Championship at St. Andrews, along with Van Zyl and Cabrera-Bello, per the tournament's official Twitter account.
The Spaniard was more than just a little excited:
Wiesberger has been on fire this season but always fell just short of the ultimate prize, and he's more than a deserving winner of the 2015 Alstom Open de France. He was nearly flawless throughout the tournament, and if he can carry this form into St. Andrews, he could be a dangerous dark-horse candidate for the win.