Thomas Pieters again didn’t let a two-stroke bungle wear him down, firing a final-round 69 to win the D+D Real Czech Masters on Sunday in Prague by three strokes.
After losing two strokes Saturday with a penalty for playing the wrong ball, Pieters struggled out of the gate with a double bogey on No. 3, and was 1-over going to No. 9.
He corrected from there, with birdies on 9, 10, 13, and 18 to cement his first European Tour title, finishing three strokes clear of Sweden’s Pelle Edberg.
Almost as importantly, Pieters got himself into the mix for the Race to Dubai playoffs. Within seven weeks to go until The Final Series, Pieters is now 53rd in the Race to Dubai standings; the top 60 men qualify for the lucrative post-season event.
After hitting just to bogeys in his first 54 holes, Edberg picked the wrong time for two more. The Swede was one stroke behind Pieters to start the day, but caught him with a birdie on No. 2 and took a 1-stroke lead when he bogeyed 3 while Pieters doubled it.
He remained in front until Pieters tied it again with a birdie on 10, and Edberg fell behind for good when he bogey No. 11. Edberg finished with a 1-under 71, while England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick took third with a 68, finishing four strokes back.