Belgian Knockout R3

Wiesberger makes his charge in Belgium

May 30 – June 02
Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp, Belgium
€1,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Bernd Wiesberger continued his incredible comeback to advance to the quarter-finals of the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International Golf Club.

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“We got it done. We had a really strong opponent this afternoon and he kept finding a last putt, it was good to get that over the line.”

After an opening 76 in Antwerp, the Austrian carded a 64 on day two to sneak into the medal match play stages and won three matches on Saturday as he looks for a second consecutive European Tour win. He will next face Italian Guido Migliozzi, who needed two extra holes to beat David Law in his last-16 match.

“I played quite steady, nothing fancy, picked up a couple of shots every now and then when I needed to and made sure I wasn’t going to give him any free shots. I kind of plugged away.

“It was not quite the start to the week we wanted but we found something yesterday and a couple under par steadily today as well. We got our games in nice and tight, it’s working very well out there.


“We need to make sure we don’t lose our focus, in this format you don’t want to be behind early in the game and just make sure 100 per cent focus is on the next shot.”

In the other quarter-finals, Ewen Ferguson will face Gavin Green, Matthew Southgate will take on Darius van Driel, and Marcel Siem goes head to head with Grégory Havret.

“I am very happy with my game,” said Siem. “Antoine (Rosner) is a strong player and I knew if I made one mistake, he was going to get me, so quite a bit of pressure. That format is unbelievable. Usually if you play match play you can be a lot more aggressive when you are two up. If you make a bogey and he makes a birdie, then you are all square, so on this golf course it is pretty tough mentally.

“I started with a new coach about six weeks ago just before Morocco and he got me back to my old swing a little bit, and renewed my follow though. I am staying behind the ball instead of having a reverse pivot and being too handsy on the impact, and that helps me a lot, especially under pressure hitting good shots.

Wiesberger missed seven months of last season with a wrist injury but if he can come through three more rounds of nine hole stroke play knockout, he will have two wins in seven days and six European Tour titles.

Green and home favourite Thomas Detry had made just one bogey each coming into their last 16 match and while they both kept that record intact, Green made three birdies to Detry’s two.

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“I’m very sad, very disappointed,” said Detry. “I played some great golf, I made one bogey the whole day. I left one putt short at 17, he made it, that’s golf, we move on.

“It was great, fantastic. Thomas Pieters came out as well and watched me, all the Belgian juniors, Belgian crowd, it’s just fantastic. At this venue especially, with a tree lined course, when the crowd get going, it’s pretty amazing.”

Scot Ferguson trailed Nacho Elvira after five holes, with the Spaniard birdieing the first, but Elvira bogeyed the sixth and Ferguson holed a ten footer on the seventh and took advantage of the par five eighth to win by two shots. Dutchman Van Driel was made to battle for his last 16 victory, birdieing the last from eight feet to beat Dane Jeff Winther by one shot.

Southgate bogeyed the first and birdied the second and that was enough to hand the Englishman victory over Leon at level par, as the Chilean made three birdies and four bogeys. Frenchman Antoine Rozner also made three birdies and four bogeys in his nine holes, allowing Siem to emerge as a relatively comfortable victor after birdies on the second, third and sixth from the German.

South Africa’s Burmester and Frenchman Havret did not make a birdie between them in their last 16 match but Havret’s single bogey on the first was followed by eight pars as Burmester made two bogeys and a double.


Player
Score
Score
Player
64 Qualifiers
Ben Evans Eng
-3
-4
<
David Law SCO
Richie Ramsay SCO
Par
-2
Edoardo Molinari ITA
Darius Van Driel NLD
-3
+2
Nino Bertasio ITA
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño ESP
>
Par
Par
Kristian Krogh Johannessen NOR
Oliver Fisher ENG
-2
-4
<
Bernd Wiesberger AUT
Kevin Hesbois BEL
Par
-2
<
JC Ritchie RSA
Hugo Leon CHI
>
-3
-2
Haydn Porteous RSA
Ashley Chesters ENG
Par
-2
<
Oscar Lengden SWE
Anders Hansen DEN
>
-2
Par
Benjamin Hebert FRA
Kristoffer Reitan NOR
>
-3
Par
Daan Huizing NLD
Jeff Winther DEN
>
-2
+1
Lorenzo Gagli ITA
Gavin Green MAL >
>
Par
+2
Stanislav Matus CZE
Justin Walters
+1
Par
<
Daniel Gavins ENG
Alexander Levy FRA
>
-2
-1
Filippo Bergamaschi ITA
Dean Burmester RSA
>
-2
-2
Grant Forrest SCO
Louis De Jager RSA
>
Par
+3
Tom Murray ENG
Guido Migliozzi ITA
>
-3
Par
Pedro Oriol ESP
Marcel Siem GER
>
+1
+3
Gavin Moynihan IRE
Oliver Wilson ENG
+1
-3
<
Rikard Karlberg SWE
Sihwan Kim USA
-1
-2
<
Adrian Otaegui ESP
Ewen Ferguson SCO
>
-2
+1
Matthias Schwab AUT
Espen Kofstad NOR
>
-5
-2
Steven Brown ENG
Matthew Southgate ENG
>
-3
+1
Joakim Lagergren SWE
Sebastian Soderberg SWE
>
-1
-1
Jack Singh Brar ENG
David Horsey ENG
Par
-2
<
Wade Ormsby AUS
Robert MacIntyre SCO
Par
-4
<
Renato Paratore ITA
Richard McEvoy ENG
Par
-2
<
Antoine Rozner FRA
Adrien Saddier FRA
+1
-1
<
Thomas Detry BEL
Anton Karlsson
>
-3
-2
Søren Kjeldsen DEN
Chris Paisley ENG
>
-3
+1
Sam Horsfield ENG
Jake McLeod AUS
Par
-1
Gregory Havret FRA
Nacho Elvira ESP
>
-3
-2
Jens Dantorp SWE
32 Qualifiers
Edoardo Molinari ITA
-2
-3
<
Darius Van Driel NLD
David Law SCO
>
Par
+1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño ESP
Bernd Wiesberger AUT
>
-2
+2
Oscar Lengden SWE
JC Ritchie RSA
+1
Par
<
Hugo Leon CHI
Kristoffer Reitan NOR
-1
-3
<
Jeff Winther DEN
Anders Hansen DEN
Par
-3
<
Gavin Green MAL
Daniel Gavins ENG
>
-3
Par
Louis De Jager RSA
Alexander Levy FRA
>
-2
-1
<
Dean Burmester RSA
Marcel Siem GER
>
-3
+4
Rikard Karlberg SWE
Guido Migliozzi ITA
>
-3
+3
Adrian Otaegui ESP
Ewen Ferguson SCO
>
-4
Par
Sebastian Soderberg SWE
Espen Kofstad NOR
+1
-1
<
Matthew Southgate ENG
Renato Paratore ITA
-2
-3
<
Antoine Rozner FRA
Wade Ormbsby AUS
-2
-3
<
Thomas Detry BEL
Anton Karlsson SWE
-1
-3
<
Nacho Elvira ESP
Chris Paisley ENG
+1
-2
<
Gregory Havret FRA
16 Qualifiers
Jeff Winther DEN
+1
Par
<
Darius Van Driel NLD
Daniel Gavins ENG
-2
-3
<
Bernd Wiesberger AUT
Guido Migliozzi ITA
Par
-1
<
David Law SCO
Matthew Southgate ENG
>
Par
+1
Hugo Leon CHI
Antoine Rozner FRA
-1
-3
<
Marcel Siem GER
Thomas Detry BEL
-2
-3
<
Gavin Green MAL
Gregory Havret FRA
>
+1
+4
Dean Burmester RSA
Nacho Elvira ESP
Par
-2
<
Ewen Ferguson SCO