Johannes Veerman achieves a final round 68 to achieve his first European tour at the D + D REAL Czech Masters.
The 29-year-old American started the final round at Albatross Golf Resort, two strokes behind 54-hole leader Tapio Pulkkanen, who was also seeking a first victory on the European Tour.
He took the lead for the first time thanks to consecutive birdies on the 9th and 10th, but was quickly caught at the top of the standings by Sean Crocker and Henrik Stenson, who also claimed their title before falling away on the straight home. has. .
Pulkannen recovered on the 8th and 10th from bogeys with three birdies on the back nine, but another shot on the 17th led him with Veerman on the 18th tee at 15 under.
Veerman found the fairway with his ride, but Pulkkanen pushed his tea shot into the thick thicket and his second shot found the water, which paid off for the Finn’s title slope. Veerman scored the green in two and two overs and his first victory on the European Tour.
Crocker and Pulkkanen finished second at 13 under, while the winner of the Czech Masters, Paul Peterson and Stenson, in 2016 finished the fourth one hold further back.
Veerman said: ‘It feels incredible. As I walk from the 18th green, I feel relief, more than anything else. Neck-and-neck with Henrik, and Tapio, and Sean Crocker and a whole bunch of guys. To get to the top. I’m excited.
He added: ‘It was a relief to come through Q-School because you are playing for playing rights, but to finally break out and win on the European tour is a dream come true. This is something you practice for when you are a kid, and you imagine you have to make the pit to win a tournament. My putt was just a foot away, so I was not that nervous about it, but it’s a great feeling to get it done.