Warren joy as Scot springs back to form with Austrian Open title

By John Skilbeck 13 July 2020 4
Warren joy as Scot springs back to form with Austrian Open title

Marc Warren landed his fourth European Tour title and first in six years when he held his nerve on the final day of the Austrian Open.

The 39-year-old Scot had to go to qualifying school to win back his tour card in 2018 after results tailed off, and there have been slim pickings ever since, with Warren failing to achieve a top-20 finish in the past 18 months and falling to 1,258th in the world rankings.

He was co-leader overnight in Austria with German player Nicolai von Dellingshausen, and a roller coaster two-under-par 70 saw Warren reach a winning 13-under total. Four bogeys were countered by six birdies, including two crucial gains at the 15th and 17th holes.

Once a World Cup winner for Scotland alongside Colin Montgomerie, Warren picks up 76,823 euros (£67,500) for his success at this co-sanctioned European Tour and Challenge Tour event - the first tournament for both tours since golf was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Von Dellingshausen slumped to a dispiriting four-over 76 and trailed home in a tie for 15th, with his German compatriot Marcel Schneider taking second place, a shot behind Warren.

Schneider was the most consistent player in the field at Diamond Country Club, shooting scores of 69 each day and dropping only four shots throughout the tournament.

Wil Besseling of the Netherlands snagged third on 11 under after a snappy closing 66, which saw him reach the turn in just 31 shots.

Spain's Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez went to the short 18th with a shot at the title, playing alongside Warren and Von Dellingshausen, but rather than hole the birdie that would have forced a play-off, a double-bogey five saw him sink to a share of fourth.

Warren's countrymen Craig Howie and Connor Syme, and Dutchman Darius van Driel, joined Garcia Rodriguez on 10 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 56-year-old charismatic Spaniard, saw his title hopes go up in smoke on Saturday, having led through 36 holes.

A 77 from Jimenez knocked him down the leaderboard, but a closing 70 on Sunday allowed him to nudge up into a share of eighth place.

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