D+D REAL Czech Challenge R4

McGowan crowned champion in Czech Republic

May 23-26
Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Repbulic
€3,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Ross McGowan returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in four years as he clinched a wire-to-wire victory at the D+D REAL Czech Challenge.

D+D REAL Czech Challenge R4 - McGowan crowned champion in Czech Republic, © Ota Mrákota/Relmost
© Ota Mrákota/Relmost

The Englishman’s last win came on the Sunshine Tour in 2015 and following rounds of 66-66-66-68 for an 18 under par total he secured a four-stroke triumph and his third European Challenge Tour title.

After sharing the lead at the end of the opening round, the 37-year-old broke away to take control at Kaskáda Golf Resort, holding a two-shot advantage ahead of the final day. He quickly extended his lead on Sunday with consecutive birdies on the fourth and fifth holes, reaching the turn bogey-free as he surged toward the title in Brno.

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His third gain of the day came at the par four 13th to stretch the lead to three shots, and even when the 2009 Madrid Masters champion made a bogey on the 16th, he gained it back on the following hole.

With his closest rival Ricardo Santos dropping a shot on the last, McGowan, who finished second and third in the 2015 and 2014 D+D REAL Czech Challenge events, respectively, calmly two-putted for par to claim his first win in Europe for ten years.

“I played a couple of the events at the course in Dříteč and finished second and third there, so it’s nice to go one better and win the tournament,” he said.


“It was a strange day because no one was really making a charge at me and I was ticking along, hitting fairways and greens. I was expecting someone to have a few birdies out there, but the pins were tough. I kept hitting it to within 15-20 feet, two putting for par, and then moving on.

“At 15 I was fairly confident the title was mine. I laid up and then hit a nice sand wedge into eight feet and unfortunately missed the birdie putt, but I was hitting good putts all day, which was important.

“With a lot more Challenge Tour tournaments even prize money, winning is really key and hopefully I can sneak another one or two by the end of the year.”

Portugal’s Santos carded a round of 68, three under par, to finish in second place, four shots behind McGowan. While Adrian Meronk also signed for a round of 68 to sit a further stroke back with Cormac Sharvin a stroke off the Pole after his five under par round of 66 saw him advanced up the leaderboard to claim fourth place.

The Englishman’s victory sees him leap up the Challenge Tour Rankings from 127th to third position, while Santos also moves into the top ten, jumping to seventh from 64th.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
McGOWAN, Ross
-18
66
66
66
68
266
2
SANTOS, Ricardo
-14
70
67
65
68
270
3
MERONK, Adrian
-13
70
69
64
68
271
4
SHARVIN, Cormac
-12
72
65
69
66
272
5
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-11
67
70
70
66
273
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-11
68
68
68
69
273
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
-11
67
69
68
69
273
VIRTO, Borja
-11
70
66
68
69
273
9
PERRIER, Damien
-10
70
72
68
64
274
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-10
69
66
70
69
274
HUIZING, Daan
-10
71
66
63
74
274
12
RIU, Victor
-9
71
71
65
68
275
ROUSSEL, Robin
-9
66
68
70
71
275
14
MATUS, Stanislav
-8
71
70
67
68
276
15
STOW, Ben
-7
71
71
70
65
277
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-7
68
74
66
69
277
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-7
68
72
69
68
277
BLAND, Richard
-7
70
69
69
69
277
HANSON, Chris
-7
71
69
66
71
277
HEISELE, Sebastian
-7
71
65
70
71
277
21
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-6
69
69
74
66
278
NEMECZ, Lukas
-6
72
67
70
69
278
GEARY, Josh
-6
68
68
71
71
278
FERGUSON, Ewen
-6
71
70
66
71
278
25
DAWSON, Robin
-5
72
70
68
69
279
HILL, Calum
-5
70
68
73
68
279
BOOTE, David
-5
69
68
72
70
279
28
SAXTON, Reinier
-4
70
69
71
70
280
ANGLES, Pep
-4
68
73
70
69
280
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-4
71
69
67
73
280
31
KÖLBING, Jonas
-3
71
70
69
71
281
RENOLDS, Lindsay
-3
70
69
71
71
281
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
-3
70
66
73
72
281
ERIKSSON, Martin
-3
72
68
73
68
281
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-3
67
69
71
74
281
EVANS, Ryan
-3
69
71
75
66
281
37
BRUN, Julien
-2
68
70
72
72
282
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-2
71
70
69
72
282
KAKKO, Roope
-2
70
72
70
70
282
KNAPPE, Alexander
-2
70
68
75
69
282
DEAN, Joe
-2
70
67
70
75
282
PIGEM, Carlos
-2
72
68
75
67
282
43
MEJOW, Philipp
-1
72
70
69
72
283
OLSEN, Aksel
-1
72
69
69
73
283
MCCARTHY, Nick
-1
72
69
69
73
283
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-1
72
69
70
72
283
BOURDY, Grégory
-1
70
71
71
71
283
STALTER, Joël
-1
67
71
70
75
283
BESSELING, Wil
-1
72
70
72
69
283
50
MRUZEK, Filip
Par
70
70
71
73
284
AHOKAS, Antti
Par
71
69
69
75
284
ROZNER, Antoine
Par
73
69
71
71
284
JORDAN, Matthew
Par
73
68
72
71
284
WIDEGREN, Pontus
Par
72
69
72
71
284
55
WRISDALE, Jordan
1
70
68
73
74
285
56
POKE, Benjamin
2
69
71
74
72
286
57
BRAEUNIG, Christian
3
72
69
72
74
287
LLOYD, Chris
3
76
66
73
72
287
DAVIDSON, Jack
3
72
69
75
71
287
60
TILEY, Steven
4
72
69
73
74
288
LINDELL, Oliver
4
69
72
73
74
288
62
NILEHN, Fredrik
5
69
73
70
77
289
FOOS, Dominic
5
71
71
72
75
289
64
BALTL, Timon
6
70
72
72
76
290
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
6
69
73
73
75
290
COUPLAND, Dave
6
71
70
76
73
290
GAL, Petr
6
70
71
76
73
290
68
POSPISIL, Michal
7
74
68
74
75
291
WIEGELE, Martin
7
71
70
75
75
291
LEITMANNSTETTER, Aaron
7
68
74
75
74
291
71
STAL, Gary
9
73
68
77
75
293
72
NEIL, Bradley
1
74
69
143
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
73
70
143
SYME, Connor
1
70
73
143
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
1
71
72
143
ECCLES, Ben
1
72
71
143
LINARD, Thomas
1
72
71
143
HOWIE, Craig
1
75
68
143
FRITSCH, Florian
1
74
69
143
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
1
71
72
143
IM, Daniel
1
73
70
143
MADDY, Paul
1
73
70
143
EASTON, Bryce
1
72
71
143
KOEPKA, Chase
1
74
69
143
85
OVESEN, Martin
2
74
70
144
COUSSAUD, Ugo
2
74
70
144
GREGORY, Scott
2
76
68
144
DAYDOU, Alexandre
2
72
72
144
HENRY, Scott
2
73
71
144
FORD, Matt
2
74
70
144
MCBRIDE, Paul
2
73
71
144
GLENNEMO, Jacob
2
71
73
144
HAVRET, Grégory
2
73
71
144
LIMA, José-Filipe
2
72
72
144
BALDWIN, Matthew
2
72
72
144
STUREHED, Henric
2
72
72
144
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
2
71
73
144
ZAPLETAL (AM), Matyas
2
75
69
144
MCDONALD, Jack
2
74
70
144
100
ROBB, Chris
3
75
70
145
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
3
73
72
145
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
3
76
69
145
VALASEK, Peter
3
75
70
145
GILLBERG, Oliver
3
75
70
145
ALBERTUS, Max
3
71
74
145
RUSCH, Benjamin
3
78
67
145
SUCHAN, Daniel
3
71
74
145
ARMITAGE, Marcus
3
70
75
145
109
PIAGET, Sandro
4
72
74
146
STARK, Oscar
4
70
76
146
BERARDO, Clément
4
70
76
146
JOANNES, Hugues
4
73
73
146
TREE, Toby
4
70
76
146
STEWART, Duncan
4
74
72
146
YOUNG, Mark
4
75
71
146
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
4
75
71
146
KEYSER, Mathiam
4
73
73
146
CEA, Michele
4
73
73
146
SARACINO, Andrea
4
74
72
146
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
4
74
72
146
121
ABBOTT, Jamie
5
75
72
147
MIVIS, Christopher
5
78
69
147
123
ITEN, Marco
6
75
73
148
ROBINSON, Liam
6
72
76
148
BERGMAN, Oscar
6
75
73
148
126
BENAK (AM), David
7
72
77
149
LAPORTA, Francesco
7
76
73
149
CAFOUREK, Jan
7
79
70
149
MACH (AM), Pavol
7
76
73
149
FOO, Gregory
7
76
73
149
GEYGER, Nico
7
78
71
149
O’ROURKE, Conor
7
76
73
149
GROS, Sébastien
7
69
80
149
THOMSON, Jonathan
7
77
72
149
135
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
8
75
75
150
GRADECKI, Mateusz
8
74
76
150
ENOCH, Rhys
8
75
75
150
SPOONER, Billy
8
78
72
150
JAKUBCIK (AM), Filip
8
73
77
150
140
ROSS, Craig
9
76
75
151
FISHER JNR, Trevor
9
77
74
151
KORINEK, Ales
9
77
74
151
SHIM, Jaewoo
9
77
74
151
144
SIWY (AM), David
10
80
72
152
LENGDEN, Oscar
10
79
73
152
TINTERA, Lukas
10
76
76
152
ONG, Marc
10
79
73
152
148
KOSTELKA (AM), Vojtech
11
79
74
153
BRIXI (AM), Gordan
11
76
77
153
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
11
81
72
153
ERKENBECK, James
11
74
79
153
152
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
12
79
75
154
MOHR, Marcus
12
79
75
154
SHEPHERD, Jake
12
79
75
154
155
QUIROS, Manuel
14
81
75
156
CHOI (AM), Junmin
14
81
75
156