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Bernd Wiesberger ‘thankful’ after claiming Made in Denmark title

Wiesberger carded a closing 66 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to secure the title.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger won the Made in Denmark event for his fifth European Tour title (Steven Paston/PA)
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger won the Made in Denmark event for his fifth European Tour title (Steven Paston/PA)

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger put his injury woes firmly behind him by winning a final-day duel with Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre at the Made in Denmark event to claim his fifth European Tour title.

Wiesberger carded a closing 66 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to finish 14 under par, a shot ahead of playing partner MacIntyre, who also shot 66 after narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th to force a play-off.

France’s Romain Langasque finished two shots further back in third, with Chris Paisley, Oliver Wilson, Paul Dunne, Pablo Larrazabal and Max Schmitt sharing fourth place on nine under.

Wiesberger held a two-shot lead after holing his approach to the par-five 11th from 66 yards for an eagle but bogeyed the 13th as MacIntyre made birdie to get back on level terms.

Both players birdied the short 14th before Wiesberger edged back in front with another on the 16th and the result looked to have been settled on the 17th when MacIntyre drove out of bounds.

After the left-hander superbly salvaged a bogey, Wiesberger gave him renewed hope by driving into a water hazard on the 18th, but the 33-year-old was able to scramble a five and MacIntyre had to settle for his second consecutive runner-up finish.

Wiesberger, who missed seven months of last season after undergoing wrist surgery, told Sky Sports: “(I’m) speechless. I’m so thankful to so many people who have been there for me last year.

“I had so many great people helping me get back to where I am right now and I’m proud to pay it back this way. It’s been such a great week, I enjoyed myself so much and loved the way I started playing.

“I didn’t expect it all. I had a rough year last year and it’s been a hard couple of months and it’s lovely to see it pay off.”

MacIntyre, who finished joint second in the British Masters a fortnight ago, said: “I thought I gave it everything I had. Poor shot on 17 which really cost me. I had to get it down 18 with a sniff and I did have a chance but Bernd played brilliant all day.

“I gave it everything I had and am proud of the way I finished. We just have to keep knocking at that door and one will open.”

Asked about his tee shot on the 17th, MacIntyre added: “I hit two of the worst wedge shots I’ve hit in a long time in the two holes before it so I didn’t want to leave myself another 110-yard shot so we decided to get right down the bottom (of the hill).

“It’s the worst swing I’ve put on a shot in a long long time but I’m young, I live and I learn.”

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