Wiesberger tops Race to Dubai rankings with Scottish Open win - GulfToday

Wiesberger tops Race to Dubai rankings with Scottish Open win


Bernd Wiesberger plays a shot from the 9th tee during the final round of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick on Sunday.

Bernd Wiesberger shot to the summit of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai after claiming his first Rolex Series title at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open with a thrilling twilight play-off victory over Benjamin Hebert.

The Austrian, who missed seven months of action last year with a wrist injury, started the final day at The Renaissance Club with a two-shot lead but found himself trailing Hebert after his spellbinding closing 62 had set the clubhouse target at 22 under par. Wiesberger edged back ahead with two to play but bogeyed the 17th and signed for 69 before a par on the third play-off hole handed him a sixth European Tour title and his second of the season following his victory at the Made in Denmark presented by Freja.

“We just dug in there,” said Wiesberger who jumps to top spot from seventh in the Race to Dubai Rankings after collecting 1,165 Race to Dubai points. “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 enjoy 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 like all of last year makes it a lot sweeter and you appreciate it a lot more.”

Despite missing out on a maiden European Tour victory, Hebert had the consolation of sealing a place in this week’s Open Championship alongside England’s Andrew Johnston, who also carded a closing 62, and Italian Nino Bertasio.

The Frenchman also makes significant strides in the Race to Dubai Rankings, jumping up to ninth from 45th which all but seals a debut outing at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, the eighth and final Rolex Series event of the season.

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