ISPS Handa Wales Open R4

Romain Langasque produces storming finish

August 20-23
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


ISPS Handa Wales Open R4 - Romain Langasque produces storming finish
Romain Langasque poses with the trophy at Celtic Manor Resort. (Tim Goode/PA Wire)


France’s Romain Langasque overturned a five-shot deficit to win his first European Tour title and secure a US Open debut at the ISPS Handa Wales Open.


Langasque carded six birdies in a flawless closing 65 at Celtic Manor to finish eight under par and two shots ahead of Finland’s Sami Valimaki, with England’s David Dixon and Matthew Jordan a shot further back.

Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg needed to birdie the 18th to force a play-off, but fell back into a tie for fifth after spinning his third shot back into the water to run up a triple-bogey eight.



Scotland’s Connor Syme, who shared the overnight lead with Soderberg, also found the water on the last to double bogey and slip into a tie for eighth.

Langasque told Sky Sports: “I was playing really good since the start of the week and was only focusing on my own thing, and I’m so happy the way I played the back nine.


“I had so many birdie opportunities and the second shot on 16 and the tee shot on 17 were my two best shots of the week.

“It’s one of the first times I didn’t really feel the pressure because I was really focused on every shot and the first I felt pressure was the wedge to 18 because I was looking to have a longer shot.

“It was not easy because I was too close and the two-putt was under pressure but before that I was really cool.”



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The victory will take Langasque inside the world’s top 100 for the first time and also secured a US Open debut next month via the mini order of merit from the first five events on the European Tour’s UK Swing.

“In golf everything can go so quickly,” the 25-year-old added. “I’m really, really happy, this is where we all want to be and now I will have some good opportunities and need to focus again and play my best golf.

“Playing my first US Open this year, the good thing is with no public there’s less pressure on it being my first one. I’m really proud of myself.”



Valimaki held the outright lead after an eagle on the ninth and again after a birdie on the 11th, but bogeyed the 12th and could not find any more birdies down the closing stretch.

“It was a good day, I just couldn’t find those birdies on the back nine and that let me down for the win, but obviously a really good week,” Valimaki, who won the Oman Open in March, said.

“It is a big bonus for sure to make it into the US Open. It’s awesome, I’ve been waiting such a long time to get into majors and now is the time. I’m going to go there and try win the tournament, like I do at every tournament.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Romain Langasque
-8
71
68
72
65
276
2
Sami Välimäki
-6
70
72
67
69
278
T3
David Dixon
-5
70
70
71
68
279
T3
Matthew Jordan
-5
69
72
72
66
279
T5
Laurie Canter
-4
71
69
72
68
280
T5
James Morrison
-4
73
72
66
69
280
T5
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
68
70
68
74
280
T8
Jorge Campillo
-3
75
68
69
69
281
T8
Gavin Kyle Green
-3
73
71
68
69
281
T8
Calum Hill
-3
73
71
68
69
281
T8
Haotong Li
-3
72
66
76
67
281
T8
Jason Scrivener
-3
70
74
69
68
281
T8
Callum Shinkwin
-3
68
75
71
67
281
T8
Connor Syme
-3
66
70
70
75
281
T15
Louis De Jager
-2
70
74
70
68
282
T15
Ryan Fox
-2
70
74
68
70
282
T15
Sebastian Heisele
-2
70
71
73
68
282
T15
Liam Johnston
-2
70
68
75
69
282
T15
Marcus Kinhult
-2
69
71
72
70
282
T15
Thomas Pieters
-2
69
72
69
72
282
T21
Dean Burmester
-1
72
71
68
72
283
T21
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
-1
72
70
72
69
283
T21
Craig Howie
-1
74
69
69
71
283
T21
Daan Huizing
-1
70
73
72
68
283
T21
Clement Sordet
-1
72
74
68
69
283
T27
Marcus Armitage
E
74
69
71
70
284
T27
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
E
73
70
69
72
284
T27
Edoardo Molinari
E
72
70
68
74
284
T27
Chris Paisley
E
72
74
69
69
284
T27
Renato Paratore
E
69
72
74
69
284
T27
Lorenzo Scalise
E
72
71
74
67
284
T27
Marcel Siem
E
70
74
67
73
284
T27
Jordan Smith
E
66
72
75
71
284
T27
Brandon Stone
E
70
72
70
72
284
T27
Dale Whitnell
E
73
71
72
68
284
T37
Sean Crocker
1
74
71
71
69
285
T37
Andrew Johnston
1
73
71
70
71
285
T37
Masahiro Kawamura
1
74
70
73
68
285
T37
David Law
1
71
75
69
70
285
T37
Adrian Otaegui
1
71
70
74
70
285
T37
Robert Rock
1
71
69
73
72
285
T37
Lars van Meijel
1
72
74
71
68
285
T44
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
2
71
67
74
74
286
T44
Justin Harding
2
70
70
73
73
286
T44
Sam Horsfield
2
73
71
77
65
286
T44
Maximilian Kieffer
2
71
73
70
72
286
T44
Jake McLeod
2
73
71
73
69
286
T44
Aaron Rai
2
70
71
75
70
286
T44
Richie Ramsay
2
73
72
70
71
286
T44
Adrien Saddier
2
71
71
75
69
286
T44
Darius van Driel
2
75
71
69
71
286
T53
Wil Besseling
3
73
71
73
70
287
T53
Aaron Cockerill
3
73
71
72
71
287
T53
Nicolas Colsaerts
3
71
72
73
71
287
T53
Oscar Lengden
3
72
71
72
72
287
T53
Zander Lombard
3
77
69
68
73
287
T53
Damien Perrier
3
71
75
69
72
287
T59
Matthew Baldwin
4
74
72
73
69
288
T59
Kurt Kitayama
4
68
74
76
70
288
T59
Robert MacIntyre
4
68
78
72
70
288
T59
Daniel Young (a)
4
73
72
70
73
288
T63
Sihwan Kim
5
71
67
82
69
289
T63
Richard McEvoy
5
71
74
72
72
289
T63
Jack Senior
5
73
71
71
74
289
T63
Cormac Sharvin
5
73
71
69
76
289
T63
Steven Tiley
5
71
73
74
71
289
T68
Ashley Chesters
6
69
72
76
73
290
T68
Adrian Meronk
6
73
69
76
72
290
T68
Lee Slattery
6
78
66
79
67
290
T68
Scott Vincent
6
75
71
73
71
290
72
Niklas Lemke
7
73
72
70
76
291
T73
Paul Dunne
8
74
72
73
73
292
T73
Anton Karlsson
8
77
69
70
76
292
T73
Matthew Southgate
8
69
73
80
70
292
T76
Jonathan Caldwell
9
72
74
71
76
293
T76
Oliver Fisher
9
71
73
71
78
293
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
5
73
74
147
CUT
Rhys Enoch
5
75
72
147
CUT
Ross Fisher
5
74
73
147
CUT
Grant Forrest
5
75
72
147
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
5
76
71
147
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
5
73
74
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
5
71
76
147
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
5
77
70
147
CUT
Benjamin Poke
5
74
73
147
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
5
74
73
147
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
5
77
70
147
CUT
Justin Walters
5
75
72
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
5
75
72
147
CUT
Alexander Björk
6
77
71
148
CUT
Philip Eriksson
6
73
75
148
CUT
Oliver Farr
6
72
76
148
CUT
Ross McGowan
6
73
75
148
CUT
Martin Simonsen
6
70
78
148
CUT
Julian Suri
6
73
75
148
CUT
John Catlin
7
73
76
149
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
7
74
75
149
CUT
Phillip Price
7
76
73
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
7
71
78
149
CUT
Adri Arnaus
8
73
77
150
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
8
72
78
150
CUT
Bryce Easton
8
73
77
150
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
8
72
78
150
CUT
Hurly Long (a)
8
76
74
150
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
8
74
76
150
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
9
75
76
151
CUT
Ben Evans
9
71
80
151
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
9
74
77
151
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
9
74
77
151
CUT
Carlos Pigem
9
73
78
151
CUT
Min Woo Lee
9
77
74
151
CUT
Ugo Coussaud
10
80
72
152
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
10
74
78
152
CUT
Shiv Kapur
10
79
73
152
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
10
76
76
152
CUT
JC Ritchie
10
74
78
152
CUT
Francesco Laporta
11
75
78
153
CUT
Grégory Bourdy
12
74
80
154
CUT
Michael Campbell
12
73
81
154
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
12
77
77
154
CUT
Jbe Kruger
12
75
79
154
CUT
Zach Murray
12
77
77
154
CUT
Tom Gandy
14
77
79
156
CUT
Graeme Storm
15
80
77
157
WD
Bernd Ritthammer
-1
75
70
69
69
283
WD
Oliver Wilson
7
78
78
WD
Mark Pilkington
12
83
83
WD
Andrea Pavan
5
76
76
WD
Kristoffer Reitan
18
82
31
113
WD
Mikko Korhonen
4
75
75
WD
Haydn Porteous
8
74
56
130