April 29 Austria's Bernd Wiesberger eased to a
maiden European Tour victory in clinical style on Sunday, the
overnight leader keeping his pursuers at arm's length to record
a five-shot victory at the Ballantine's Championship.
Starting his round with a five-stroke cushion, the
26-year-old signed off with a bogey-free four-under-par 68,
playing his last 59 holes at the Blackstone Golf Club win Seoul
without dropping a shot to finish on 18-under for the
Richie Ramsay, who closed with a 65, did manage to reduce
the gap to three shots at one stage but never really posed a
serious threat to the runaway winner, who had previously
finished second twice last season.
"I just tried to enjoy it and I had the three best rounds of
my life," Wiesberger told reporters.
"I tried not to make bogeys and I did that pretty well, it
was awesome. My game plan was to hit as many greens as possible
and try to make putts, and they dropped in the end.
"I didn't get nervous, I had three or four shots. There was
a pretty shaky moment at 12 but I made a great chip and a putt
for par, but I just tried to enjoy it the last three or four
holes in," the Austrian added.
Ramsay sunk his sixth birdie of the day at the 16th to close
the gap to three but the leader was unperturbed.
Wiesberger came up with a glorious pitch at the 15th to
eight feet, holed a 20 footer at the next and sunk a 15-foot
birdie putt at the last to seal the title.
"I played with him a few times on The Challenge Tour and
he's a top-class guy," Ramsay said.
"If you're going to get beat by somebody, it might as well
be Bernd because he's a good guy," the Scot added.
Australian Marcus Fraser finished tied third at 11-under,
one shot ahead of Ryder Cup veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez.
(Writing by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John