Austrian Bernd Wiesberger produced a master-class in the final round of the Alstom Open de France with a flawless six under par 65 to win his third European Tour title. The 29 year old started the day three shots off the lead, but followed his superb Saturday 66 with another fine effort, signing off in style with a birdie at the last to win by three shots from Englishman James Morrison with a 13 under par total at Le Golf National.
Morrison’s consolation prize was one of the three Open Championship spots available, with third-placed South African Jaco Van Zyl, who began the round with a two shot advantage only to card a 73, and fifth-placed Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello claiming the other two.
Germany’s Ryder Cup star Martin Kaymer took fourth spot, having been in contention for much of the day, a double bogey six at the last putting paid to his challenge. And home favourite Victor Dubuisson signed off with a 75 to drop down to tied 12th having shared the halfway lead.
“This tournament is very special to me. It’s one of the biggest events we have on Tour and the oldest one on Continental Europe. I’m very proud to be on the winners’ list on this trophy, dating back to 1906. It’s amazing and it was a great week. It was a great way to finish with a birdie at the last.
“I had my lowest round as a professional in France, when I won on the Challenge Tour in Lyon in 2010, a 62, and that was the first day, actually, that my caddie Shane was on my bag. I kind of rented him out from Branden Grace, who he was caddieing for back then. It’s been a success story since. I won again later in 2010 in Toulouse, and I told the guys, the promoters, that I was going to come back and win on the big tour in France, as well. So I’m happy I have finally delivered.”
“Last week (finishing tied 11th at the BMW International Open having led by two going into the last round) was pretty hard to take, but I came here and got back to business and my game is improving every day. I’m doing all the right things. Bernd played perfectly today. He won the golf tournament today, simple as that. He played fantastic.”
Jaco Van Zyl
“It’s been a great week, but it’s a little disappointing today. It was just a very slow day in the office, but you’ve got to take the positives and move on to the next week. I had surgery on both knees last year so to be in the final group at the French Open a year after not being able to walk, I’ll take it. Securing a spot in The Open means a lot to me. It’s always great to be at St Andrews and the history is just absolutely phenomenal. Playing it in The Open is just going to mean so much more.”
“It was a grind today. I just misjudged it on the 18th and the third shot unfortunately cost me a couple of shots, but overall I played a great week. I’m really looking forward to playing golf at the moment in. I’ve put a lot of practice in and finally I think everything is coming together just at the right time because we have big tournaments coming up.”