Yesterday, golf pro Matthias Schwab missed his first tournament win on the European Tour yesterday. The 24-year-old Styrian gave his trumps on the final day and had finally beaten the Englishman Tyrrell Hatton at the fourth hole of an exciting jump-off at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. After all, he set his best result on the European Tour.
Everything seemed to be done at the par 72 course on the Turkish Riviera. As fourth Austrian after Bernd Wiesberger (7 wins), Markus Brier (2) and Martin Wiegele (1) should have beat the hour of Schwab. But he could not repeat his strong performance of the previous day, not bring the lead of three strokes over the finish line. The competition came closer and closer on the final day.
Missed 1.8 million euros
In a bogey, he saved himself with three birdies and a total of 268 blows into the jump-off. In the first play-off with six players since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2003 he shook off together with Hatton competitor for rival. In the fourth extra hole, however, the 28-year-old Hatton struck under floodlights and claimed his fourth title on the tour. Schwab, who had already taken second place in Hamburg in September, missed out on the win bonus of 1.8 million euros. He remained – like all the second, who had reached the jump – 390,000 euros. "My game was okay, I had some promising situations, but I just punched too few putts," Schwab argued.
But in his only full full professional year Schwab gave another talent test. In the Ryder Cup qualification, he mixes with. He also breaks the top 100 in the world rankings and takes a big step towards his major debut in 2020. In the Race to Dubai, he will appear in 14th place, the season finale of the European tour in the emirate will start on 21st November.
No role was played by the second Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger. The Burgenlander landed in 49th place with 283 strokes after a final round of seventies.
Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya (par 72/7 million euros): 1. Tyrrell Hatton (GB) 268 strokes, winner at the 4th hole of the jump-off, 2. Matthias Schwab (O), Kurt Kitayama (Jpn), Benjamin Hebert (Fra ), Victor Perez (Fra) and Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) each 268; further: 49. Bernd Wiesberger (O) 283.
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