American John Catlin won the Austrian Golf Open on Sunday after the suspense, his third victory on the European Tour.
The American John Catlin (30 years old) won the Austrian Open this Sunday against the German Maximilian Kieffer, at the end of the fifth play-off hole, to sign a third victory on the European Tour. Ranked 124th player in the world, Catlin won the Andalusia Masters and the Irish Open last year, but had not since managed to finish in the Top 20 of a tournament.
He had to wait for the 5th barrage, in sudden death, and three bullets sent into the water by Kieffer, to seal his victory at the end of the suspense. Both men had finished their four laps with a total of -14. Catlin signing a final card of 65 (-7) and Kieffer returning a 66 (-6). Catlin and Kieffer beat another German, Martin Kaymer, twice winner in Major and only third, at -11.
On the French side, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet finished first tricolor in 28th position with a last card in par.
This Monday, Catlin will score in the top 80 players in the world on Monday and is aiming more than ever for the Top 50, to finally play a Major, his dream since he started golf.
Final classification of the Austrian Open at the Diamond Country Club, near Vienna (par 72):
1. John Catlin (USA) -14 (68-70-71-65), winner on the 5th play-off hole
2. Maximilian Kieffer (GER) -14 (72-68-68-66)
3. Martin Kaymer (GER) -11 (68-70-69-70)
The complete ranking with Figaro Golf.