Chris Wood of England played an error-free final round of 67 to emerge from the pack and claim victory in the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Wood carded five birdies and 13 pars en-route to posting a four-round score of 15 under par. Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello came closest to matching that total, finishing alone in second place, two strokes behind Wood.
The Spaniard took the lead on the front nine when 54-hole leader Gregory Bourdy stumbled. But Cabrera-Bello dropped back with three straight bogeys around the turn. Although he recovered somewhat with birdies at the 15th and 16th holes, he was unable to catch Wood who claimed his second European Tour title and a cheque for €250,000.
Four things we learned at the Lyoness Open:
1. Chris Wood enjoyed a €250,000 pay day for the second time in the space of three weeks. He pocketed the same sum for finishing in fourth place in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. In that event he also took home a BMW i8 sports car, worth almost €200,000, for a hole-in-one on the 14th hole. The victory in Austria was Wood’s second on the European Tour, following the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters of 2013. It has pushed him up to 19th on the 2015 Race to Dubai ranking and to 78th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
2. Gregory Bourdy of France looked imperious for the first three rounds, posting scores of 65, 67 and 69 to hold a two-shot lead going into the final day. But things unravelled for the Frenchman on Sunday, he limped in with a 78 to end the week in a tie for sixth place. He dropped just two strokes over the first 54 holes, but frittered seven away over the closing 18.
3. Andrey Pavlov of Russia was bidding to make his first cut on the European Tour and he started promisingly with an opening round of one-under-par 71. But his hopes of playing the final 36-holes were dashed early in round two. On the first hole he fired six balls into the water and racked up a disastrous 17. He went out in 53 and came back in 37 for a 90. Incredibly, his 17 wasn’t the worst score ever posted on the European Tour. That record belongs to Philippe Porquier who had a 20 in the French Open of 1978.
4. It was a good week for John Hahn of the USA. The 26-year-old from Ohio finished in a tie for sixth place and picked up €45,000. Hahn was inspired to play on the European Tour by the successes enjoyed on the circuit by his friends Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka. Hahn is a member of an elite club of players who have broken 60 in professional competition. Last November he fired an incredible 58 in the final stage of European Tour qualifying school at PGA Catalunya in Spain.