Wood charges to victory in Austria

Chris Wood produced a flawless final round to claim his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the Lyoness Open Powered by Greenfinity at Diamond Country Club.

The Englishman, starting five shots off the pace, carded a fine five under par 67 to secure his first win since the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Brilliant off the tee and clinical with the putter, he collected five birdies to finish ahead of Rafa Cabrera-Bello on 15 under par 273.  

Despite starting and finishing strongly, the Spaniard’s hopes were dashed when he dropped three consecutive shots from the ninth, meaning he had to settle for a level par 72 and a 13 under total.

Grégory Bourdy had played excellently for the first three days, but his performance level took a severe dip as he registered a double bogey and five bogies in a six over par 78. Bourdy’s overnight two shot advantage evaporated just three holes in after the Frenchman failed to recover from finding the water and double-bogeyed the second and Cabrera-Bello birdied the next.

The Spaniard looked to be the favourite at that point but three bogeys in a row from the ninth brought Wood charging back into contention and the Englishman took full advantage with back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th to establish an unassailable advantage and secure the second victory of his European Tour career.

Player Quotes:

Chris Wood – 67. Total 273 (-15): “It’s fantastic to win. It was a long winter sitting at home with a cast on my wrist getting frustrated and just wanting to be out here playing and competing. I have been playing well the last few weeks so I felt that a victory was coming but until the moment comes you always think when will it come?

“I played great all week and today especially. I felt that if I could beat 68 today I would have an outside chance and obviously things went my way and 67 was good enough.

“People will probably look at the result and think it was fairly straightforward but I needed to play well today and for a few other things to go my way and thankfully it all came together for me.

“I injured my wrist playing tennis last October and had to rest for five months. I came back in March and finished third in Morocco which I thought would give me a lot of confidence but then I didn’t get the results after that and played quite poorly for a few weeks. But the last month I have felt I was playing well enough to win so it has been coming.

“It has been a while since the win in Qatar but let me tell you it feels a lot better to say I am a two-time winner on Tour – it is a very special feeling to win out here so I am looking forward to celebrating this one.”

Complete Fourth Round Scores:

273 C Wood  (Eng) 67 69 70 67,

275 R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 69 68 66 72,

278 R Rock (Eng) 71 70 71 66, M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 69 69 69 71, R Dinwiddie  (Eng) 67 73 70 68,

279 J Hahn (USA) 71 69 68 71, K Broberg (Swe) 70 72 69 68, G Bourdy (Fra) 65 67 69 78,

280 M Korhonen (Fin) 69 69 70 72, G Stal  (Fra) 68 68 73 71,

281 M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 70 72 69 70, P Oriol (Esp) 70 70 73 68, D Coupland (Eng) 71 70 73 67, S Jamieson  (Sco) 72 70 65 74, R Ramsay  (Sco) 74 69 68 70,

282 C Del Moral (Esp) 67 76 73 66, E Espana (Fra) 75 69 68 70, S Griffiths (Eng) 73 71 66 72, R Kakko  (Fin) 73 70 71 68,

283 P Lawrie (Irl) 68 71 74 70, M Hoey  (Nir) 73 69 72 69,

284 M Bremner (RSA) 69 74 67 74, M Kieffer (Ger) 67 73 71 73, S Khan (Eng) 73 70 72 69, M Lundberg (Swe) 72 70 74 68, D Woltman (USA) 71 73 69 71, F Praegant (Aut) 71 73 71 69, M Nixon (Eng) 74 66 72 72, J Singh (Ind) 69 73 72 70, J Knutzon (USA) 70 74 72 68, J Quesne  (Fra) 69 71 75 69,

285 L Slattery (Eng) 69 71 72 73, D Gaunt (Eng) 71 71 70 73, R Paratore (Ita) 72 70 71 72, J Carlsson (Swe) 70 73 71 71, L Jensen (Den) 71 70 69 75, R Evans  (Eng) 68 73 74 70,

286 M Schneider (Ger) 72 72 69 73, B Hebert  (Fra) 73 69 71 73, J Lara (Esp) 72 69 73 72, R McEvoy  (Eng) 72 72 72 70, D Drysdale (Sco) 68 73 71 74, A Otaegui  (Esp) 69 71 73 73, D Horsey (Eng) 71 68 76 71,

287 J Garcia Pinto (Esp) 73 71 68 75, A McArthur  (Sco) 71 70 73 73, J Lagergren (Swe) 73 67 76 71, J Walters (RSA) 70 73 74 70, F Fritsch  (Ger) 70 70 71 76, J Huldahl (Den) 74 70 72 71, J Roos (RSA) 74 68 72 73,

288 A Ahokas (Fin) 71 72 79 66, J Scrivener (Aus) 70 73 74 71, K Ferrie (Eng) 73 69 77 69, R Bland (Eng) 71 69 75 73, C Paisley  (Eng) 71 72 74 71, C Pigem (Esp) 72 65 73 78, R Santos  (Por) 72 72 76 68,

289 S Henry  (Sco) 70 74 72 73, S Thornton (Irl) 70 74 70 75, M Lampert (Ger) 73 70 73 73, A Wall (Eng) 71 72 73 73, M Ovesen (Den) 72 69 75 73, S Wakefield (Eng) 74 69 76 70, C Shinkwin (Eng) 69 72 75 73,

290 C Bouniol (Fra) 68 72 80 70, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 70 72 73 75, S Hutsby  (Eng) 74 70 75 71, V Riu  (Fra) 71 73 70 76,

291 D Im (USA) 74 70 72 75, P Edberg (Swe) 71 72 77 71,

292 S Hansen (Den) 71 72 77 72,

297 L Nemecz (Aut) 73 71 73 80,

 

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