Mikael Lundberg Wins Thrilling Playoff at Lyoness

After giving up the lead after two days at Austria’s Lyoness Open, Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg stormed back to reclaim it – sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Bernd Wiesberger on the Austrian’s home turf.

Lundberg, who shot a 76 on Saturday, came blasting back through the field with a 65 on Sunday, allowing him to chase down Lundberg, who fired a 69 but lost a one-stroke lead with three holes to play.

Both men finished 12-under in regulation. After Lundberg’s 40-foot winner, Wiesberger missed from 18 feet out. The miss might have cost Wiesberger a place in next week’s US Open, as he had a chance to move up to the top 60 in the world with a victory.

It was Lundberg’s first European Tour win since 2008. The Netherland’s Joost Luiten, the leader after 54 holes and the defending champion, shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish one stroke back at 11-under.

Lundberg carded four birdies in his first five holes, and another four in a five-hole stretch between No. 11 and 15. Wiesberger played a bogey-free round until a 6 on No. 16 hurt him.

After hitting just one bogey in rounds two and three combined, Luiten was all over the place, striking four bogeys and four birdies in the final round.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a final-round 67 to leap from 16th to tied for fifth, finishing at 8-under.

 

 

 

 

 

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