WIESBERGER BACK IN THE WORLD TOP 50
European Tour - Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
Bernd Wiesberger won his first Rolex Series title as he beat Benjamin Hebert in a twilight play-off at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
The Austrian entered the final day at The Renaissance Club with a two shot lead but found himself trailing after Hebert carded a stunning closing 62 to set the target at 22 under.
Wiesberger had edged back ahead with two to play but bogeyed the 17th in a 69 before a par on the third play-off hole handed him a sixth European Tour title.
For Frenchman Hebert, there is the consolation of a place in the field at next week's Open Championship alongside England's Andrew Johnston - who also carded a closing 62 - and Italian Nino Bertasio.
France's Romain Langasque finished two shots off the lead, with Bertasio, Johnson, Andrea Pavan, Andrew Putnam and Henrik Stenson at 19 under.
Wiesberger missed seven months of last season with a wrist injury but now has two wins in 2019 and moves to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex.
"We just dug in there," he said. "I would have loved to seal it off with a couple of pars coming in but sometimes it just tests you. I'm very grateful for how it turned out.
"I've always enjoyed coming to the links, Scottish links, and I've had nice success here in Scotland and it's just really, really nice to be able to stand here with the trophy at the end of the day. It was a long day but somehow I managed.
"Being in places where you have no control over what is going to happen next all of last year makes it just a lot sweeter and you appreciate it a lot more."
PGA Tour – John Deere Classic
Dylan Frittelli surged to his first PGA TOUR title winning the John Deere Classic on Sunday, closing with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Russell Henley. The South African earned a spot next week in The Open Championship, finishing at 21-under 263 after the bogey-free final round at TPC Deere Run.
One of eight players within two strokes of the lead entering the lead, Frittelli was looking forward to the tournament's charter flight to Royal Portrush.
"I'm sure it's going to be a fun flight," Frittelli said.
A two-time winner on the European Tour, Frittelli birdied the par-5 17th after blasting out of a greenside bunker to 11 feet, and closed with a par on the par-4 18th.
Frittelli had tied for 46th in each of his last two starts.
Korn Ferry Tour – TPC Colorado Championship
Nelson Ledesma won the inaugural TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes in dramatic fashion, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to edge playing partner Brett Coletta by one stroke. With the win, Ledesma earns his first PGA TOUR card and will be a rookie on TOUR during the 2019-20 season.
“We tried to look at the break from every angle and in the end, we decided to play it straight downhill,” said Ledesma, who walked it in with a huge fist pump. “When the ball was about six feet away from the hole, I knew it was going in. I knew the tournament was mine.”
The Argentinian held the lead for most of the day, but Coletta birdied the par-4 17th to draw even at 14-under before Ledesma’s closing birdie. The 18th hole played as the toughest hole on the course and the fifth toughest on Tour this season. Ledesma’s birdie was only the 19th birdie of the week on the par-4, 531-yard hole.
“I started the day a little nervous, but during the round I got control of my game,” said Ledesma. “On 17, when Brett (Coletta) made the birdie, I knew it was down to the two of us for the final hole. When I saw that last putt going in, that felt great.”
After entering the final round with a share of the lead, Ledesma had an up-and-down start. He tallied birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, but double-bogeyed the fourth hole to fall out of the lead for the first time since early in the first round. He rebounded with birdies at the fifth and seventh, sandwiching a bogey at the sixth, to make the turn at 1-under on the day. He made par on every hole on the back nine prior to the 18th.
With the win, Ledesma moves to fourth in the Korn Ferry Tour Points standings. The 28-year-old also becomes the second Argentinian to win multiple events on the Korn Ferry Tour, joining Miguel Carballo.