Andalucía Challenge de España R4

Lieser becomes first Czech winner

November 05-08
Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri, Cadiz, Spain
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Andalucía Challenge de España 2020 R4 - Lieser becomes first Czech winner
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Ondrej Lieser wrote his name into golfing history by becoming the first golfer from the Czech Republic to win on the European Challenge Tour with victory at the Andalucía Challenge de España.


The 29-year-old posted a closing five under par round of 67 to reach ten under par at Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri, two strokes clear of England’s Richard Mansell in second place on eight under par, with fellow Englishman Matt Ford and home favourite Pedro Oriol a shot further back on seven under par in tied third place.

Lieser earned entry into this week’s event courtesy of his first ever Challenge Tour top ten at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil and he was visibly emotional after securing a historic victory in Andalucía.



“It feels awesome,” he said.  “To be the first player from Czech Republic to win on the Challenge Tour, especially the way I did it, I was on fire, especially on holes seven, eight and nine.

“I went birdie-birdie-birdie there, I knew I was leading because I saw the leaderboard and I was just trying to make another birdie, another birdie, because the finish we have here; 16, 17, 18, you don’t even need to hit a bad shot and it’s an easy bogey.

“I was just so calm. I was really enjoying that moment. I think what really helped me was the Challenge Tour event in Italy where I was kind of knocking on the door and trying to put myself in contention. That put me where I needed to be and I was trying to play the same strategy, the same course management as the first three days, which was just hit it hard, find it and hit it again, and it worked out.”

The Prague native previously plied his trade on the Pro Golf Tour and he credits the circuit in preparing him for the step up to the Challenge Tour.

“If you look at the three players now who came from the Pro Golf Tour; Sami Välimäki last year, who won on the European Tour right away, Hurly Long, winning in Italy, and now me winning here,” he said.

“It shows how well this satellite tour prepares you to play well at a higher level. When I saw these guys winning on the European Tour and Challenge Tour, I thought ‘you can do it as well.’

“I have three highlights of my life. The first is the birth of my baby girl almost 18 months ago, the second would be the wedding with my wife, and now this is going in the third spot. This is what it means to me and my family. They are the only reason I am doing this. I’m just playing golf and trying my best, just to be good enough to take care of them.”



Mansell closed the gap to Marcel Schneider at the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings to less than 4,000 points with his second runner-up finish of the season, while Ford continued his good run of form with his tie for third following his play-off defeat to Hurly Long in Italy.

Spanish amateur Eduard Rousaud, who played in The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, carded the lowest round of the day, a six under par round of 66, to secure a tie for fifth place on six under par alongside Sweden’s Henric Sturehed, Finland’s Oliver Lindell and Denmark’s Martin Simonsen.

France’s Julien Brun and Swede Christofer Blomstrand complete the top ten by securing a tie for ninth place on five under par, with Brun birdieing the 72nd hole to earn a top ten entry into next week’s event.

With victory in Spain, Lieser moves to sixth place on the Road to Mallorca Rankings with 54,344 points and secures his spot in the season-ending Challenge Tour Grand Final.

The Challenge Tour remains at Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri next week for the Andalucía Challenge de Cadiz, which will take place from Wednesday November 11 – Saturday November 14.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
LIESER, Ondrej
-10
74
70
67
67
278
2
MANSELL, Richard
-8
74
67
70
69
280
3
FORD, Matt
-7
72
72
69
68
281
ORIOL, Pedro
-7
71
71
68
71
281
5
LINDELL, Oliver
-6
68
73
71
70
282
ROUSAUD, Eduard (AM)
-6
76
72
68
66
282
SIMONSEN, Martin
-6
66
69
76
71
282
STUREHED, Henric
-6
72
69
73
68
282
9
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-5
70
69
73
71
283
BRUN, Julien
-5
70
73
72
68
283
11
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-4
72
69
72
71
284
DANTORP, Jens
-4
74
71
69
70
284
ERIKSSON, Philip
-4
72
74
68
70
284
HELLGREN, Björn
-4
71
77
66
70
284
NEMECZ, Lukas
-4
76
69
70
69
284
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-4
76
70
68
70
284
17
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-3
71
72
69
73
285
HIDALGO, Angel
-3
75
73
70
67
285
KNAPPE, Alexander
-3
73
74
69
69
285
LENGDEN, Oscar
-3
70
71
69
75
285
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-3
78
70
68
69
285
22
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
-2
72
72
71
71
286
GOUVEIA, Ricardo
-2
72
74
70
70
286
KEARNEY, Niall
-2
72
75
67
72
286
MIVIS, Christopher
-2
69
73
71
73
286
26
KAKKO, Roope
-1
72
71
69
75
287
KASKE, Janne
-1
70
72
72
73
287
LOPES, Vitor
-1
72
74
71
70
287
MATUS, Stanislav
-1
71
69
72
75
287
WALKER, Euan
-1
69
71
75
72
287
31
GAVINS, Daniel
PAR
72
75
73
68
288
HOEY, Michael
PAR
67
80
73
68
288
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
PAR
76
70
72
70
288
PASTOR, Jacobo
PAR
73
72
69
74
288
THOMSON, Jonathan
PAR
75
69
77
67
288
36
ANGLES ROS, Josep
1
73
71
78
67
289
AXELSEN, John
1
72
70
74
73
289
BALDWIN, Matthew
1
73
69
76
71
289
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
1
74
68
69
78
289
GREGORY, Scott
1
73
70
77
69
289
HOWIE, Craig
1
78
68
70
73
289
PLANT, Alfie
1
75
73
71
70
289
TARRIO, Santiago
1
75
72
71
71
289
TILEY, Steven
1
69
73
73
74
289
45
CANTERO GUTIERREZ, Ivan
2
73
74
72
71
290
DEL REY, Alejandro
2
69
79
70
72
290
DEL VAL, Samuel
2
75
72
70
73
290
GANDY, Tom
2
75
72
74
69
290
PASTOR, Marcos
2
75
71
72
72
290
SIEM, Marcel
2
77
71
73
69
290
51
ELLIS, Harry
3
74
74
73
70
291
GARCIA DEL MORAL, Jordi
3
74
71
71
75
291
53
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
4
70
71
78
73
292
GARCIA-HEREDIA, Alfredo
4
76
72
74
70
292
KIMSEY, Nathan
4
76
69
74
73
292
KOIVU, Kim
4
73
73
72
74
292
MANLEY, Stuart
4
75
70
73
74
292
58
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
5
75
72
74
72
293
LONG, Hurly
5
73
73
73
74
293
RUSCH, Benjamin
5
72
70
76
75
293
61
ELVIRA, Manuel
6
75
73
75
71
294
62
CLEMENTS, Todd
8
76
72
74
74
296
HORTAL, Antonio
8
70
73
76
77
296
KOUWENAAR, Koen
8
73
72
74
77
296
65
KOIVISTO, Tyler
12
73
74
76
77
300
66
BORDA, David
18
73
74
78
81
306
67
DI NITTO, Enrico
76
73
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
76
73
LAMPERT, Moritz
73
76
PETERSSON, Robin
77
72
WILSON, Andrew
72
77
72
MACCARIO, Federico
75
75
NEIL, Bradley
79
71
QUIROS, Manuel
75
75
SAINZ, Javier
77
73
SANDBORG, Jesper
75
75
77
ADARRAGA GOMEZ, Jose Luis
77
74
DANA, Haiko
73
78
FOOS, Dominic
76
75
VAN WEST, Robbie
79
72
VIRTO, Borja
80
71
WRISDALE, Jordan
75
76
83
OVESEN, Martin
77
75
STAL, Gary
76
76
ZEMMER, Aron
78
74
86
FENASSE, Mathieu
78
75
KARLSSON, Anton
76
77
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
74
79
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
77
76
90
PASTOR, Victor
75
79
91
JOHN, Allen
77
79
WIEGELE, Martin
81
75
YOUNG, Daniel
81
75
94
VACARISAS, Lucas
80
78
95
BELTRAN, Mario
82
78
96
GANCEDO, Gonzalo
81
83