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Wiesberger joy at win after his long injury woe

 

Bernd Wiesberger
Bernd Wiesberger

By Phil Casey

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 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 a second consecutive runner-up finish.

Wiesberger, who missed seven months of last season after undergoing wrist surgery, said: "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."

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