Lundberg beats Wiesberger in Lyoness Open playoff

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) — Mikael Lundberg ended a six-year title drought with a gutsy 40-foot putt in a playoff against Bernd Wiesberger to win the Lyoness Open on Sunday.

The Swede birdied the first playoff hole to deny Wiesberger a second victory at his home event after 2012. It was Lundberg's third European Tour title after winning the Russian Open in 2005 and 2008.

"It feels fantastic, it was very nice. I made a fantastic putt," said Lundberg, who was six strokes off the lead overnight. "I knew I was far behind and I even didn't think I was going to win. I was just hoping to play well."

Lundberg, who made three birdies in a row on his way to a 65, and Wiesberger, who shot 69, were tied at 12 under after the fourth round.

Defending champion Joost Luiten, who teed off the final day with a two-shot lead over Wiesberger, carded a par 72. The Dutchman finished third, one stroke off the lead.

"I didn't play great," Luiten said. "Nothing went my way, really ... If you are two clear, you want to win, you want to finish it off. If you don't do that, you are disappointed."

England's Lee Slattery, who was second after Friday's play, scored 66 to finish another stroke back in fourth.

Lundberg topped the leaderboard for the first two days but looked to have squandered his chances with a 4-over 76 on Saturday.

"I felt a little bit more pressure going into the third round since I was leading," Lundberg said. "Today was slightly better, not the long shots, but my short game was very good. That changed everything."

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