France’s Romain Wattell held off a late charge by Canada’s Austin Connelly to win the KLM Open in Spijk, The Netherlands, on Sunday.
Wattell finished 15-under with a 69-67-64-69 – 269 to win 300,00 Race to Dubai points. Connelly shot a final-round 66 to get within a stroke. England’s Eddie Pepperell did likewise, shooting a 6-under to reach 13-under.
“I came to this tournament, I was playing poorly to be honest,” he said. “Last week I struggled with my game. I am happy with the way I played all week. It’s been a very nice weekend. I’ve been putting really bad the last two years – I think I’m a really good putter but the last two years were tough for me. I never thought about the score, I just tried to play my best. I was just trying to be as high as I could on the leaderboard but it was very tight. I just tried to play my own game.”
Wattell was 3-under through 10 holes and had to hang on as he bogeyed 11, then had six straight pars to end the tournament. He jumped to 55th in the Race to Dubai standings with barely a month to go. He’ll have to stay above the 61st spot if he hopes to make the final four post-season tournaments of the year.