Bernd Wiesberger carded a bogey-free 6-under 65 at Olgiata Golf Club to reach 16 under par en route to a one-stroke victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick at the Italian Open.
The win – his third of the 2019 season – moved the 34-year old Austrian to the top of the Race to Dubai standings with 4,198 – some 300 points clear of Jon Ram (3,898).
Overall, it was Wiesberger’s seventh career European Tour win, who missed much of the 2018 season with a serious wrist injury.
“I’ve played really well in the right events,” said Wiesberger, who earned $1.1 million for his second Rolex Series title of the season.
“Just really excited what’s ahead of us in the last few events. I’ve been really good putting myself in positions and staying there.
“It’s just really full enjoyment out there when I’m in position.”
Wiesberger moved to No. 22 in the Official World Golf Rankings – his career best position, which should boost his chances of making the European Ryder Cup team next year at Whistling Straits.
Final Top-5 Finishers
Pos-Name-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Bernd Wiesberger -16 (-6)
2. Matthew Fitzpatrick -15 (-2)
3. Kurt Kitayama -12 (E)
4. Robert MacIntyre -11 (E)
4. Andrew Johnston -11 (-3)
4. Matthias Schwab -11 (-5)
“I’ve had the pleasure to have a really good team around me. The people I had at that time, obviously personally and family, and the specialists who were treating me, really put me in the right path, and I thought that it would be a good time for me to try and improve on the things that weren’t going as well before because I wasn’t playing particularly good before I injured myself.
“So that was a good step, and then obviously having people around that you really trust and that help you in those situations is key. After that, it was just a matter of being patient enough with my game, developing back to where I feel it can be.
“You know, I wanted to play myself into a position in Denmark. I really felt at ease and I still felt really calm today. Never really got ahead of myself, got nervous, got quick. It’s a really enjoyable feeling once we get ourselves into those positions maybe just because of those factors, as well.”
– Bernd Wiesberger
Associated Press coverage was used to file this report.