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Czech Masters 2016

Round 4 - Paul Peterson claims narrow win

August 22, 2016

Paul Peterson shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Czech Masters by one stroke and earn the 398th-ranked American his first victory on the European Tour.

In a close contest with defending champion Thomas Pieters of Belgium, Peterson took the decisive lead when he birdied the par-3 16th hole after a superb tee shot for a total 15-under 273 at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague.

''It's a dream come true, honestly,'' Peterson said. ''This is the best feeling in the world. My team and I have put in so much hard work and long hours by everybody and I'm just so happy. We had this as a goal this year and to be able to accomplish it means so much.''

Peterson, who had previously recorded only two top 10 finishes on the European Tour, began the final round two strokes behind Pieters after equaling the course record on Saturday with an 8-under 64.

Pieters missed his chances to birdie the 14th and 15th on his way to carding a 70, a week after a fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympic course.

He needed a victory to keep alive his hopes of an automatic place on Europe's Ryder Cup team and attacked with a birdie on the 18th,. But it came too late after Peterson sealed the victory with a 17-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

''I'll remember that putt on the 18th the rest of my life,'' Peterson said.

Another Ryder Cup hopeful, Matthew Fitzpatrick of England, virtually secured a spot on captain Darren Clarke's team for the matchup against the United States at Hazeltine with a fifth-place finish. A 3-under final round saw him finish five strokes behind Peterson.

Lee Westwood, who hopes to be a Ryder Cup wildcard pick, birdied two of the last three holes to shoot a level par for a 4-under 284.

Englishmen David Howell and Ryan Evans were tied for third on 11-under 277.

Round 3 - Thomas Pieters moves two ahead

August 21, 2016

Defending champion Thomas Pieters will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Czech Masters, after moving onto 12 under par overall in Prague on Saturday.

The Belgian went into the third day tied for the lead with Denmark's Jeff Winther and, despite back-to-back bogeys early on the back nine, the 24-year-old is in pole position to make it consecutive victories at the Albatross Golf Resort.

Pieters settled for a two-under-par 70 after six successive pars to finish his round and is a couple of strokes clear of American Paul Peterson.

He needs to win the tournament and also claim the Made in Denmark title next week if he is to force his way into the automatic qualifying places for Darren Clarke's European Ryder Cup team.

"I'm not very happy with today but I'm still in front so I'm just looking forward tomorrow and hopefully I can post a good score," Pieters told the European Tour website.

"It was the same last year, I was one ahead, so I've been in this position and hopefully I can just use what I learned the last time around.

"I feel quite relaxed out there with my caddie and we have a good game plan so everything is set to go well tomorrow."

Peterson, the world number 398, took the course apart with eight birdies in a 64 to catapult himself into the final group for Sunday.

Winther had to fight hard for a one-over-par 73 and is tied for third with Robert Rock, who signed for a 65.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, who currently holds the last automatic spot for the Ryder Cup matches that start at Hazeltine next month, could only manage a 71 and is now five shots adrift of Pieters.

Round 2 - Thomas Pieters & Jeff Winther lead at halfway

August 20, 2016

Defending champion Thomas Pieters stormed into a tie for the lead at the halfway stage of the Czech Masters in Prague on Friday.

The Belgian is level with Denmark's Jeff Winther at the top of the leaderboard on 10 under par.

The 24-year-old Pieters went into the second day one shot behind overnight leader Ryan Evans, but he carded a bogey-free second successive round of 67.

Pieters claimed his maiden European Tour title in the Czech Republic last season and he continued to dominate the course at the Albatross Resort on Friday, with a double-bogey at the eighth hole in the opening round still his only blemish of the week.

The world number 61 needs to retain his title and win in Denmark next week if he is to remain in with a chance of qualifying automatically for Darren Clarke's European Ryder Cup team.

"It's always nice to go bogey-free and make some nice putts," Pieters, who finished fourth in the Rio Olympics competition last week, told the European Tour website.

"I'm hitting irons very well, my ball-striking has been very good the last few days. It feels controlled and stress-free golf.

"All I can do is do my best this week and we'll see where it brings me and then next week it's the same thing."

Winther, the world number 320, started his second round with an eagle at the par-five first, and a run of four birdies in five holes at the start of the inward nine helped him keep pace with Pieters and sign for a six-under-par 66.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is currently in possession of the last automatic European spot for the Ryder Cup matches that start at Hazeltine next month, settled for his second three-under-par effort of 69 in row to sit in a six-way tie for third.

Fitzpatrick's compatriot Andy Sullivan, the highest-ranked player in the field, struggled to a one-over-par 73 and missed the cut on plus four overall.

Former world number one Lee Westwood is eight shots off the pace on two under par.

Round 1 - Ryan Evans tops first round leaderboard

August 19, 2016

Ryan Evans shot a 6-under 66 to take the first round lead at the Czech Masters on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Englishman, who is seeking his first European Tour title, birdied the 18th to finish one stroke ahead of defending champion Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Peter Hanson of Sweden at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague.

''There's a first time for everything,'' Evans said. ''I'm not going to think about it too much tomorrow, I'm just going to stick to the game plan.''

Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, Pieters opened with four birdies on the back nine and surged to a 7 under after two straight birdies on the fifth and sixth holes. But he fell back after a double bogey on the eighth.

''I'm little disappointed how I finished. But all in all it's a good score,'' Pieters said.

Hanson, who produced a flawless round with five birdies, said: ''I'm very happy with my game, it felt solid today.''

A group of seven - Craig Lee and Scott Jamieson of Scotland, Jeff Winther of Denmark, Welshman Bradley Dredge, England's Robert Coles and Graeme Storm, and Swede Robert Karlsson - was one stroke back after carding 68.

Englishman Lee Westwood, who hopes to be a wildcard pick for the European Ryder Cup team, shot 70.

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is currently in the last spot for the automatic Ryder Cup qualifying, finished with a 3-under 69.

His fellow countryman Andy Sullivan, who is also contention for the matchup against the United States at Hazeltine, ended the round with four bogeys and a double-bogey for a disappointing 3-over 75.

Scores

1 USA Paul Peterson -15 - 72 70 64 67 273
2 BEL Thomas Pieters -14 - 67 67 70 70 274
T3 ENG Ryan Evans -11 - 66 73 70 68 277
T3 ENG David Howell -11 - 70 68 71 68 277
5 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -10 - 69 69 71 69 278
6 USA David Lipsky -9 - 71 70 68 70 279
T7 ENG Gary Boyd -8 - 72 73 66 69 280
T7 SWE Robert Karlsson -8 - 68 70 71 71 280
T7 ENG Robert Rock -8 - 72 70 65 73 280
T7 ENG Graeme Storm -8 - 68 72 68 72 280
T11 ENG Steven Brown -7 - 69 69 73 70 281
T11 ENG Mark Foster -7 - 72 70 69 70 281
T11 DNK Joachim B Hansen -7 - 77 68 67 69 281
T11 RSA Justin Walters -7 - 72 71 69 69 281
T11 SCO Marc Warren -7 - 71 68 72 70 281
T16 IRL Paul Dunne -6 - 72 71 70 69 282
T16 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -6 - 70 68 74 70 282
T16 SWE Oscar Stark -6 - 71 69 71 71 282
T19 ENG Seve Benson -5 - 75 70 69 69 283
T19 SWE Peter Hanson -5 - 67 71 72 73 283
T19 USA Chase Koepka -5 - 74 71 71 67 283
T19 SCO Craig Lee -5 - 68 71 75 69 283
T19 SWE Mikael Lundberg -5 - 71 72 68 72 283
T19 AUS Brett Rumford -5 - 70 72 68 73 283
T19 RSA Rory Sabbatini -5 - 72 72 69 70 283
T19 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -5 - 75 68 70 70 283
T27 ENG Richard Bland -4 - 72 72 71 69 284
T27 ENG Charlie Ford -4 - 73 70 66 75 284
T27 ENG Matt Ford -4 - 70 71 71 72 284
T27 SCO Scott Jamieson -4 - 68 73 71 72 284
T27 ENG Tom Lewis -4 - 72 73 67 72 284
T27 ITA Renato Paratore -4 - 70 73 71 70 284
T27 ENG Lee Westwood -4 - 70 72 70 72 284
T27 SWE Jeff Winther -4 - 68 66 73 77 284
T35 ENG Matthew Baldwin -3 - 71 74 71 69 285
T35 ITA Nino Bertasio -3 - 72 71 69 73 285
T35 RSA Dean Burmester -3 - 69 74 71 71 285
T35 ENG Laurie Canter -3 - 70 70 71 74 285
T35 GER Florian Fritsch -3 - 69 71 71 74 285
T35 USA Daniel Im -3 - 72 67 72 74 285
T35 SCO Paul Lawrie -3 - 69 76 72 68 285
T35 SCO Andrew McArthur -3 - 73 70 69 73 285
T35 ENG Richard McEvoy -3 - 72 67 72 74 285
T35 AUS Terry Pilkadaris -3 - 71 72 72 70 285
T35 ENG James Robinson -3 - 74 70 68 73 285
T35 AUS Jason Scrivener -3 - 72 73 70 70 285
T47 WAL Bradley Dredge -2 - 68 74 71 73 286
T47 AUS Daniel Gaunt -2 - 69 71 72 74 286
T47 ENG David Horsey -2 - 72 71 72 71 286
T47 RSA Darryn Lloyd -2 - 73 70 73 70 286
T51 USA John Daly -1 - 69 72 71 75 287
T51 ENG Ben Evans -1 - 70 72 72 73 287
T51 SWE Niclas Fasth -1 - 73 68 72 74 287
T51 RSA Jbe Kruger -1 - 72 72 71 72 287
T51 RSA Zander Lombard -1 - 74 70 72 71 287
T51 WAL Stuart Manley -1 - 73 71 70 73 287
T51 ITA Edoardo Molinari -1 - 70 73 75 69 287
T51 ENG Jack Senior -1 - 72 70 73 72 287
T51 ENG Callum Shinkwin -1 - 75 68 70 74 287
T51 IND Jeev Milkha Singh -1 - 73 72 70 72 287
T51 RSA Ulrich Van den Berg -1 - 73 72 70 72 287
T62 FRA Clement Berardo Par - 73 72 68 75 288
T62 ENG Daniel Brooks Par - 74 70 72 72 288
T62 SCO David Drysdale Par - 73 72 71 72 288
T62 DEN Anders Hansen Par - 74 71 70 73 288
T62 FIN Mikko Korhonen Par - 71 73 72 72 288
T62 CZE Filip Mruzek Par - 73 70 73 72 288
T68 ENG Robert Coles 1 - 68 77 69 75 289
T68 ENG Oliver Fisher 1 - 69 72 79 69 289
T68 ARG Estanislao Goya 1 - 70 73 72 74 289
T68 GER Maximilian Kieffer 1 - 72 73 75 69 289
T68 ITA Nicolo Ravano 1 - 73 72 73 71 289
T73 DNK Lasse Jensen 2 - 72 72 71 75 290
T73 ESP Carlos Pigem 2 - 70 73 71 76 290
75 ENG Oliver Wilson 3 - 72 73 73 73 291
T76 ENG David Dixon 4 - 74 71 75 72 292
T76 ENG Kenneth Ferrie 4 - 73 71 71 77 292
T76 ENG Chris Hanson 4 - 74 71 73 74 292
T76 BEL Hugues Jr Joannes 4 - 71 74 71 76 292
T76 AUT Lukas Nemecz 4 - 71 72 72 77 292
81 SCO David Law 5 - 71 74 72 76 293
82 ESP Carlos Del-Moral 6 - 69 75 75 75 294
T83 ESP Nacho Elvira 7 - 74 71 67 83 295
T83 FRA Gary Stal 7 - 71 73 76 75 295
156 CZE David Siwy 21 - 82 83 - - 165
CUT DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 2 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT ENG James Busby 2 - 69 77 - - 146
CUT CZE Jan Carourek 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT SWE Jens Fahbring 2 - 74 72 - - 146
CUT CZE Petr Gal JR 2 - 75 71 - - 146
CUT SWE Steven Jeppesen 2 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT IRL Peter Lawrie 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT CZE Daniel Suchan 2 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT CZE Jiri Zuska 2 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Daniel Gavins 3 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA Jean Hugo 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT FRA Thomas Linard 3 - 70 77 - - 147
CUT FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Chris Paisley 3 - 75 72 - - 147
CUT DNK Mads Sogaard 3 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 3 - 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA Jacques Blaauw 4 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ITA Marco Crespi 4 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ITA Matteo Delpodio 4 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 4 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 4 - 71 77 - - 148
CUT - Scott Fernandez 4 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT - Jan Friesz 4 - 77 71 - - 148
CUT USA Jason Knutzon 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT ITA Francesco Laporta 4 - 79 69 - - 148
CUT ENG Ross McGowan 4 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT ENG John Parry 4 - 77 71 - - 148
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell 4 - 77 71 - - 148
CUT ITA Andrea Perrino 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT SCO Paul Shields 4 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT ENG Lee Slattery 4 - 72 76 - - 148
CUT ENG Andrew Sullivan 4 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT CZE Lukas Tintera 4 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ESP Borja Virto 4 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT SWE Gabriel Axell 5 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT WAL Rhys Davies 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT SWE Johan Edfors 5 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT AUT Robin Goger 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT SWE Michael Jonzon 5 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT SCO George Murray 5 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT ESP Pedro Oriol 5 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT RSA Jake Roos 5 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT NOR Mathias Schjoelberg 5 - 77 72 - - 149
CUT RSA Richard Sterne 5 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT - Michal Brezovsky 6 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT WAL Jamie Donaldson 6 - 78 72 - - 150
CUT CZE Vitek Novak 6 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 6 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT RSA Michael G Palmer 6 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT - Petr Valasek 6 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT SCO Peter Whiteford 6 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT CZE Simon Zach 6 - 73 77 - - 150
CUT ESP Javier Colomo 7 - 77 74 - - 151
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 7 - 78 73 - - 151
CUT ENG Josh Loughrey 8 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT ENG Steve Webster 8 - 78 74 - - 152
CUT ENG Joshua White 8 - 82 70 - - 152
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 9 - 77 76 - - 153
CUT ENG Tom Murray 9 - 74 79 - - 153
CUT DEN Thomas Bjorn 10 - 75 79 - - 154
CUT IND Shiv Kapur 10 - 80 74 - - 154
CUT AUS Dimi Papadatos 10 - 74 80 - - 154
CUT RSA Tjaart Van Der Walt 10 - 74 80 - - 154
CUT KOR Jin Jeong 11 - 78 77 - - 155
CUT SWE Joel Sjoholm 11 - 78 77 - - 155
CUT CZE Petr Dedek 13 - 80 77 - - 157
CUT FRA Edouard Espana 13 - 73 84 - - 157
CUT CZE Ales Korinek 14 - 71 87 - - 158
CUT SCO Jamie McLeary 15 - 82 77 - - 159
CUT NIR Cormac Sharvin 15 - 77 82 - - 159

 





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