D+D Real Czech Masters R4

Powerhouse Pieters prevails in Prague

August 15-18
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
€1,000,000
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Thomas Pieters claimed his first European Tour victory in three years and a second triumph in the D+D Real Czech Masters, holding off a brave late charge from his playing partner Adri Arnaus to win by a single shot at Albatross Golf Resort.

Czech Masters R4 - Powerhouse Pieters prevails in Prague
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“I’m relieved. It’s been a long time – it’s been three years since I last won. It feels good to win again. I never doubted myself but it’s just been a long road of not feeling that great with the golf swing. It feels good to get back on track again and get another win.

“It’s difficult when everybody says you should be winning two or three times a year. It’s always nice to hear that but it’s almost a negative sometimes because I always felt like I was underachieving but hopefully there’s many more like this. I felt like I was in control today, almost the whole day and I kind of did my own thing.”

The 27-year-old’s distance from the tee was pivotal all week as he signed for a three under 69 and a winning 19 under par total, but it was not plain sailing for the Belgian despite leading the tournament all day and carrying a three-stroke advantage into the back nine.

“What a player Adri is. To finish like that, stiff it on 16, give himself a chance on 17 and then make birdie on 18, he made it tough on me. Hats off to him and I’m just lucky to finish one shot ahead of him.”


Spaniard Arnaus – a rookie who graduated from the Challenge Tour last year – birdied two of the final three holes for a closing 69 of his own and an 18 under total, meaning Pieters needed to convert a short putt at the 18th to avoid a play-off. He duly tapped in though, earning a fourth European Tour title in the process.

“I never gave up, I tried to make some birdies coming in and see if he would make a mistake but he didn’t. He was solid getting up and down on 15 and overall it was a really good battle so I’m happy.

“It came into my mind that it was sort of match play so I just tried to beat him over the last two holes, which I did but I came up one short. Every week I come out here I learn and I’ll take a lot from this one I’m sure. I’m just enjoying the process at the moment and hopefully I can be up there again in the next few weeks.”

It is a long-awaited return to the winner’s circle for Pieters, four years after a meteoric rise began with a win at the D+D Real Czech Masters in 2015 and culminated in a memorable Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine National in 2016 – where he became Europe’s greatest ever rookie with a points’ haul of four from five.

The former Olympian played with 2020 Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington in the opening two rounds in Prague this week, and will be targeting a return to Team Europe as he moved to 42 nd in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex and moved back into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-19
67
67
66
69
269
2
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-18
71
65
65
69
270
T3
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-16
68
68
71
65
272
T3
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-16
69
66
69
68
272
T5
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-14
70
65
69
70
274
T5
Liam Johnston
SCO
-14
67
69
68
70
274
T5
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-14
65
72
66
71
274
T5
Hugo Leon
CHI
-14
66
69
67
72
274
T5
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-14
69
67
66
72
274
10
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-13
67
68
67
73
275
T11
Zander Lombard
RSA
-12
68
70
73
65
276
T11
Kim Koivu
FIN
-12
66
72
70
68
276
T11
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-12
69
70
69
68
276
T14
Romain Wattel
FRA
-11
68
71
69
69
277
T14
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-11
69
68
67
73
277
T14
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-11
66
71
66
74
277
T14
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-11
66
66
70
75
277
T18
Alexander Levy
FRA
-10
70
70
70
68
278
T18
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-10
70
68
71
69
278
T18
Ben Evans
ENG
-10
72
69
68
69
278
T18
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-10
71
67
68
72
278
T18
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-10
72
68
65
73
278
T23
Berry Henson
USA
-9
70
68
72
69
279
T23
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-9
71
67
72
69
279
T23
Paul Dunne
IRL
-9
70
71
69
69
279
T23
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-9
69
72
68
70
279
T23
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-9
71
68
69
71
279
T23
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-9
69
67
71
72
279
T23
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-9
70
70
67
72
279
T30
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-8
67
74
72
67
280
T30
John Catlin
USA
-8
70
69
72
69
280
T30
Paul Waring
ENG
-8
70
71
70
69
280
T30
David Howell
ENG
-8
69
71
70
70
280
T30
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-8
70
70
69
71
280
T30
James Morrison
ENG
-8
73
68
68
71
280
T30
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-8
66
70
72
72
280
T30
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-8
67
70
71
72
280
T30
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
67
71
70
72
280
T39
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-7
70
67
74
70
281
T39
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-7
71
69
71
70
281
T39
Renato Paratore
ITA
-7
71
68
71
71
281
T39
Aaron Rai
ENG
-7
72
69
69
71
281
T39
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
69
69
71
72
281
T39
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-7
72
67
70
72
281
T39
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-7
70
71
68
72
281
T39
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
65
71
71
74
281
T39
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
70
67
67
77
281
T48
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-6
74
67
71
70
282
T48
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-6
70
71
70
71
282
T48
JC Ritchie
RSA
-6
70
67
68
77
282
T51
Bryce Easton
RSA
-5
68
73
73
69
283
T51
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
-5
71
70
71
71
283
T51
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
70
68
73
72
283
T51
Tom Murray
ENG
-5
70
69
72
72
283
T51
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-5
69
68
73
73
283
T51
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-5
69
72
69
73
283
T51
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-5
68
70
69
76
283
T58
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
70
67
77
70
284
T58
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-4
73
68
73
70
284
T58
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
72
69
72
71
284
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
70
71
71
72
284
T58
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
70
69
72
73
284
T58
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
70
69
71
74
284
T58
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-4
70
71
69
74
284
T58
Gavin Green
MAS
-4
64
75
70
75
284
T58
Chris Hanson
ENG
-4
69
70
68
77
284
67
Stuart Manley
WAL
-3
71
70
72
72
285
68
Chris Lloyd
ENG
-2
70
70
72
74
286
69
Liam Robinson
ENG
Par
70
71
70
77
288
70
Jeff Winther
SWE
9
69
72
79
77
297
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
66
76
142
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
69
73
142
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
-2
69
73
142
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Marcel Schneider
GER
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Jakub Bares
CZE
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
77
66
143
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Philipp Mejow
GER
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Ales Korinek
CZE
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
70
74
144
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
Par
74
70
144
CUT
David Law
SCO
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Michal Pospisil
CZE
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Pavol Mach
SVK
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
72
73
145
CUT
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
1
70
75
145
CUT
David Borda
ESP
1
72
73
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Filip Mruzek
CZE
1
73
72
145
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jan Cafourek
CZE
1
73
72
145
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
1
73
72
145
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
76
70
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
72
74
146
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
70
76
146
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
72
75
147
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
72
75
147
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
3
74
73
147
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Peter Valasek
SVK
3
73
74
147
CUT
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
3
72
75
147
CUT
Daniel Suchan
CZE
4
78
70
148
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
4
76
72
148
CUT
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
4
75
73
148
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
74
74
148
CUT
Simon Zach
CZE
4
74
74
148
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
5
77
72
149
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
5
73
76
149
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
73
77
150
CUT
Filip Raza
CZE
6
77
73
150
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Lukas Tintera
CZE
6
74
76
150
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
7
75
76
151
CUT
Jiri Zuska
CZE
7
74
77
151
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
8
73
79
152
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
9
76
77
153
CUT
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
10
73
81
154
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
11
79
76
155
CUT
Stefan Palenik
SVK
11
78
77
155
CUT
Petr Hruby
CZE
12
78
78
156
DSQ
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
Par
68
73
68
209
RET
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
78
78
RET
Tom Lewis
ENG
Par
76
76