The UK’s Chris Wood took best advantage of Gregory Bourdy’s massive meltdown at the Lyoness Open on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 to take the tournament title by two strokes over Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Bourdy, who had at least a share of the lead on the first three days of competition, and was 15-under through 54 holes, staggered to a 6-over 78 on Sunday to fall all the way to a tie for sixth.
It seemed Cabrera-Bello was in the best position to do something about Bourdy’s struggles, having entered the last round just two strokes behind him. However, the Spaniard struggled right around the turn with three straight bogeys to finish at even par, allowing Wood, who started the round at 10-under, to roar from behind for the title.
Ranked 124th in the world entering the Austrian tournament, Wood had his only bogey-free round of the tournament on Sunday, notching three birdies in the first six holes, and maneuvering past Cabrera-Bello for good with two more on 15 and 16.
It’s his second career win on the European Tour. His first came at the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Standing 6-feet, 5-inches, he is presently the tallest player on the European Tour.
A trio of Brits, Robert Rock, Robert Dinwiddie, and Matthew Fitzpatrick, wound up tying for third at 10-under. Rock tied for the best round of the day, a 6-under 66, to move up from 16th over the last 18 holes.
After totaling just two bogeys during the first 54 holes, Bourdy started off the day with a birdie, only to double-bogey the par-3 No. 2. He remained at 1-over through six holes, was 2-over at the turn, and then the wheels came off the proverbial wagon. He bogeyed No. 11, 13, 14, and 17 to freefall down the leaderboard.
Bourdy was looking for his first win on Tour since 2013. He won one tournament each year in 2007-2009.