Germany’s Bernd Wiesberger held off a remarkable closing kick by England’s Tommy Fleetwood to win the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club last Sunday.
Wiesberger was three shots ahead of his closest competitors and eight shots ahead of Fleetwood after 54 holes. However Fleetwood fired a 63 on Sunday to tie Wiesberger at 16-under after 72 holes.
It was Wiesberger’s fourth victory on the European Tour and his first in a playoff format. He was previously 0-3 in playoffs.
“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say,” said Wiesberger. “I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again. We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me. At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”
Fleetwood’s final round was one for the books. he birdied No. 2, No. 6, and No. 7, then chipped in an eagle on No. 9 to reach the turn at 5-under. He added birdies on 13, 15, 16, 17, and 18 to take over the lead, forcing Wiesberger to birdie his final hole to force the playoff.
It was nearly a huge playoff as England’s Ross Fisher had a share of the lead headed to 18 but blew his chance with a bogey on three putts. George Coetzee of South Africa birdied 16 and 17 to share the lead as well, only to land in the water twice and shoot a horrific 8 on the final hole.
In the anti-climactic playoff, Wiesberger birdied the 18th hole from five feet out while Fleetwood could only manage a par.
For the tournament, Wiesberger shot 67-65-69-71 – 272 and Fleetwood was 69-71-69-63 – 272.
It was Wiesberger’s first win on the European Tour since the 2015 Alstom Open de France. He previously won two other events in 2012.