On Sunday, golf pro Matthias Schwab missed his first tournament win on the European Tour on Sunday. 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 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 performances 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. "Pars alone will not be enough today," Schwab had already speculated at the "half time".
He should ultimately be right. 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 to rival. In the fourth extra hole 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.
"It was close," Schwab said after the missed opportunity. "I had some promising situations and good chances during the regular game, but I did not use them, then in the jump-off … that's the way it is."
After Hamburg and a third place in Munich (June) and a fourth in the week before at the WGC tournament in Shanghai, it was for Schwab in his second full professional year in any case, a confirmation of his strong form. In the Race to Dubai, he will appear in 14th place, the season finale of the European Tour in the Emirate will rise from 21 November. In order to save energy, Schwab will not participate in the tournament in Sun City (South Africa) next week.
The second Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger, played no role in the Antalya finish. The Burgenlander, who will start in South Africa, finished in 49th place with 283 strokes after a final round of seventies.