Pieters holds on to claim second Czech Masters title

By Doug Mattushek - 18 August 2019Views : 186

Thomas Pieters broke a three-year winless drought when he won the D+D Czech Masters for the second time on Sunday.

The Belgian carded a three under 69 around the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague, enough to take him to 19 under for the tournament and one stroke ahead of playing partner Adri Arnaus of Spain, who was alone in second.

Pieters missed three birdie chances early on in his round which made for some nervy golf on the back nine. After rolling in a par from 12 feet on the 13th, he was in trouble in the 15th after an errant drive forced him to take a drop.

However, a clever unsighted wedge shot from put him on the dancefloor in three and he rolled in the eight-footer for an excellent par, keeping his four shot lead intact with three to play.

It wasn't exactly easy going from there, as Pieters did drop another shot on the 16th which cut his lead down to two.

But again, he made up for it.

With Arnaus already on the green and eyeing a birdie chance, Pieters powered an iron shot out of the rough from all of 230 yards to reach the 17th green. From there, two pars were enough for the 27-year-old.

"It feels good to win again," the 2015 winner told europeantour.com.

"I never doubted myself but it's just been a long road of not feeling that great with the golf swing. It feels good to get back on track again and get another win.

"It's difficult when everybody says you should be winning two or three times a year. It's always nice to hear that but it's almost a negative sometimes because I always felt like I was underachieving but hopefully there's many more like this.

"I felt like I was in control today, almost the whole day and I kind of did my own thing."

Further down the leaderboard, Andrea Pavan and Sam Horsefield finished three shots back in T3 on 16 under, while a host of players were in T5, including South African Erik van Rooyen and Rikard Karlberg.