Northern Ireland Open R4

Koivisto secures memorable debut victory at Galgorm

September 03-06
Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3



Tyler Koivisto completed a remarkable victory in his first Official World Golf Ranking recognised event by winning the Northern Ireland Open Supported by The R&A.

Northern Ireland Open R4 - Koivisto secures memorable debut victory at Galgorm
Tyler Koivisto. (Credit: Getty Images)


The American, teeing it up in his first European Challenge Tour event, posted a final round three under par 67 to reach 13 under par at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, two strokes clear of Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen in second place on 11 under par.


Koivisto spent three years as a schoolteacher after university before taking up golf full-time two years ago and is now faced with a promising future after a life-changing victory which secures him full Challenge Tour playing privileges.

 “It’s very special,” he said. “Golfing wise, probably the best week of my life. For my wife, our wedding, obviously, was the best week of my life.



“They called me up last week and asked me if I could fly to Northern Ireland and I said yes, I’m going to take any opportunity I can get. I was mostly playing mini tour stuff in the States, some Monday qualifiers and I taught for three years.

“I think my mentality was good this week. I was really relaxed, not really caring and in terms of expectations I was just hitting golf shots and having fun. I had a blast this week on the course. I didn’t really worry too much about the results.”


The Minnesotan showed the calmness of an experienced winner coming down the stretch at Galgorm Castle and he highlighted the birdie at the 15th hole as a pivotal moment.

“I think the birdie I made on 15 was huge,” he said. “Just because I had seen a lot of putts burn the edge or my pace was a little weird. That went in the side door then and I thought to myself ‘yeah, I’m going to get this done now’. I hit three really good tee shots coming down the stretch and that was very special.

“That scene on the 18th green was special and it was nice to see my name on the top of the leaderboard. All the hard work you put in, it’s nice to see it pay off and get to the next level.”



This week’s event would not have been possible without The R&A, who provided additional through their Covid-19 Support Fund.

“I’m grateful just for the opportunity to come over here with everything going on, with the pandemic, and being able to set up this tournament bubble, I couldn’t believe all the work that went into that,” Koivisto said.

“Just the ease of coming over here and having people arrange stuff for me was great. The R&A stepping in, it wouldn’t happen otherwise, I’m very grateful for them.”

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Johannessen posted the joint-low round of the day with a five under par 65 to secure solo second place, one stroke clear of Jens Fahrbring, who also posted 65, and England’s Andrew Wilson who shared third place on ten under par. Sweden’s Björn Hellgren and Iceland’s Gudmundur Kristjansson made up the top five, sharing fifth place on nine under par.

With victory in Ballymena, Koivisto made it an American double with countryman John Catlin winning on the European Tour at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, and the 27-year-old moves immediately to sixth place on the Road to Mallorca Rankings.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
KOIVISTO, Tyler
-13
67
71
62
67
267
2
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-11
69
69
66
65
269
3
FAHRBRING, Jens
-10
71
68
66
65
270
WILSON, Andrew
-10
71
68
64
67
270
5
HELLGREN, Björn
-9
68
69
68
66
271
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-9
68
67
69
67
271
7
HIGGO, Garrick
-8
72
68
67
65
272
TARRIO, Santiago
-8
69
68
66
69
272
9
DI NITTO, Enrico
-7
68
66
71
68
273
MIVIS, Christopher
-7
69
67
68
69
273
11
ENEFER, Will
-6
71
68
69
66
274
RUSCH, Benjamin
-6
71
67
66
70
274
13
DINWIDDIE, Robert
-5
69
66
70
70
275
EVANS, Ryan
-5
71
65
71
68
275
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-5
73
67
69
66
275
GREGORY, Scott
-5
74
68
68
65
275
OVESEN, Martin
-5
68
68
69
70
275
YOUNG, Daniel
-5
68
71
69
67
275
19
GALBRAITH, JR
-4
70
70
66
70
276
KNAPPE, Alexander
-4
71
70
65
70
276
21
DANTORP, Jens
-3
72
69
68
68
277
PLANT, Alfie
-3
67
69
71
70
277
23
BORDA, David
-2
71
72
66
69
278
KEARNEY, Niall
-2
71
70
68
69
278
LÄNGFORS, Per
-2
70
72
68
68
278
23
MANLEY, Stuart
-2
69
70
69
70
278
MANSELL, Richard
-2
75
63
67
73
278
ROBB, Chris
-2
71
68
70
69
278
WAITE, Mitch
-2
73
69
68
68
278
30
AXELSEN, John
-1
71
71
67
70
279
KIMSEY, Nathan
-1
69
71
71
68
279
NEIL, Bradley
-1
70
67
76
66
279
33
KEMMER, Dodge
PAR
68
72
70
70
280
MAGNUS, Haraldur
PAR
73
70
70
67
280
NEMECZ, Lukas
PAR
74
67
71
68
280
STUREHED, Henric
PAR
71
71
69
69
280
37
BLOOR, George
1
72
70
69
70
281
FORD, Matt
1
70
70
68
73
281
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
1
74
67
72
68
281
JOHANSSON, Niclas
1
70
71
70
70
281
SLOMAN, Tom
1
70
72
69
70
281
42
ORRIN, Max
2
74
69
70
69
282
43
BERARDO, Clément
3
67
73
71
72
283
BULLEN, Michael
3
72
66
73
72
283
ELLIS, Harry
3
71
71
68
73
283
QUESNE, Julien
3
66
72
74
71
283
VAN WEST, Robbie
3
70
71
69
73
283
48
BJORNSSON, Andri
4
73
69
70
72
284
CANNON, Christopher
4
68
72
69
75
284
FLOYDD, Jack
4
70
72
75
67
284
KOPP, Alexander
4
73
70
70
71
284
52
PETERSSON, Robin
5
70
68
71
76
285
53
MOORE, Bradley
6
67
69
75
75
286
54
ALLAN, James
7
69
72
72
74
287
55
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
8
78
65
74
71
288
LUNDBERG, Mikael
8
68
74
74
72
288
PALMER, Andrew
8
70
73
73
72
288
TALBOT, Ben
8
68
73
72
75
288
59
GRENVILLE-WOOD, Joshua
9
69
73
69
78
289
WILLEY, Andrew
9
70
72
74
73
289
61
ROSS, Craig
11
68
71
76
76
291
62
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
15
69
72
77
77
295
63
O’ROURKE, Conor
17
69
70
79
79
297
64
BOURDY, Grégory
4
72
72
144
CASTAGNARA, Giulio
4
70
74
144
DUBOIS, Edouard
4
71
73
144
ELVIRA, Manuel
4
71
73
144
LACROIX, Frederic
4
73
71
144
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
4
72
72
144
MCKIBBIN, Tom (AM)
4
71
73
144
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
4
73
71
144
WIEGELE, Martin
4
74
70
144
73
ARKENAU, Hinrich
5
70
75
145
HURLEY, Gary
5
73
72
145
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
5
73
72
145
MULLARNEY, Ronan
5
73
72
145
SANDBORG, Jesper
5
72
73
145
TOWNDROW, Sean
5
70
75
145
79
GIRRBACH, Joel
6
74
72
146
HARRISON, Jack
6
78
68
146
HOEY, Michael
6
76
70
146
SAINZ, Javier
6
73
73
146
WOAN, Harrison
6
76
70
146
84
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
7
78
69
147
MATUS, Stanislav
7
72
75
147
QUINONES, Douglas
7
71
76
147
RIU, Victor
7
71
76
147
ZEMMER, Aron
7
73
74
147
89
GAVINS, Daniel
8
70
78
148
GILL, Bailey
8
76
72
148
HUTCHINSON, Ben
8
74
74
148
KING, Gary
8
73
75
148
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
8
74
74
148
WALKER, Euan
8
68
80
148
WRISDALE, Jordan
8
71
77
148
96
BRAEUNIG, Christian
9
72
77
149
CAREY, David
9
71
78
149
DU PLESSIS, Hennie
9
78
71
149
GREHAN, Stuart
9
73
76
149
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
9
76
73
149
OWEN, Laurie
9
72
77
149
PURCELL, Conor
9
74
75
149
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
9
75
74
149
104
CLEMENTS, Todd
10
71
79
150
MACCARIO, Federico
10
72
78
150
MCELROY, Dermot
10
76
74
150
107
FOLLETT-SMITH, Benjamin
11
73
78
151
HARMER, Ryan
11
77
74
151
JOHN, Allen
11
76
75
151
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
11
80
71
151
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
11
76
75
151
MORY, Felix
11
77
74
151
113
HASSAN, Jacob
12
80
72
152
HILL, Josh (AM)
12
76
76
152
115
DAWSON, Robin
13
76
77
153
HENRY, Scott
13
75
78
153
LAWLOR, Brendan
13
74
79
153
MCBRIDE, Paul
13
79
74
153
119
PENGE, Marco
14
70
84
154
120
FERREIRA, Stephen
15
79
76
155
KNIPES, Curtis
15
74
81
155
122
OCHOA, Juan
17
82
75
157
123
RUSH, Michael
18
80
78
158
124
DAUX, Franck
22
81
81
162
125
GRASSOTTI, Massimo
23
80
83
163
W/D
BOOTE, David
2
72
70
142
RETD
4
74
74
RETD
8
78
78
W/D
8
78
78