Scottish Open 2019: Bernd Wiesberger secures title with play-off win

Bernd Wiesberger

Scottish Open final leaderboard
-22 B Hebert (Fra), B Wiesberger (Aut); -20 R Langasque (Fra); -19 H Stenson (Swe), N Bertasio (Ita), A Johnston (Eng), A Putnam (USA), A Pavea (Ita); -18 J Donaldson (Wal), L SLattery (Eng), J Thomas (USA), R Cabrera (Spa), G Coetzee (RSA)
Selected others: -17 M Wallace, M Fitzpatrick, T Hatton, I Poulter (Eng), E van Rooyen (RSA); -15 C Hill, S Jamieson (Sco); -14 A Sullivan (Eng); -13 R McIlroy (NI), Ramsay (Sco), D Horsey (Eng); -12 G Forrest (Sco), T Lewis (Eng)
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Bernd Wiesberger won the Scottish Open to secure a sixth European Tour title after beating Benjamin Hebert in a play-off at The Renaissance Club.

Overnight leader Wiesberger was two under par for the day and 22 under overall with France’s Hebert having finished with a nine-under round of 62.

But the Austrian triumphed in the third sudden death hole at the 18th.

Hebert, England’s Andrew Johnston and Italian Nino Bertasio qualify for the Open after finishing in the top 10.

But Johnston’s countryman Lee Slattery and Welshman Jamie Donaldson miss out on places at Royal Portrush after finishing one shot further behind.

On a day when Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in a final-set tie-break to win Wimbledon and England defeated New Zealand in a dramatic sudden-death super over in the Men’s Cricket World Cup final, there was another tense sporting finish in North Berwick as Wiesberger and Hebert sized up the 18th hole.

Hebert had the chance to win with a birdie after Wiesberger had made par but the Frenchman missed his initial putt. When they played the 18th again, Hebert passed up two further opportunities to win as the pair bogeyed.

And, at the third time of asking, Hebert missed another crucial putt to allow Wiesberger to make par and secure victory.

“That was something different,” said Wiesberger of the £5.5m event. “I have to be grateful for how the week turned out. I knew it was going to be the biggest tournament that I was in a position to win, maybe together with PGA Championship a couple of years ago.

“You have to dig deep. It was a long day.

“We are starting all at zero next week at Portrush.”

Benjamin Hebert and Bernd Wiesberger

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