Wiesberger surges from seven back to win Lyoness Open in native Austria

Bernd Wiesberger at the Lyoness Open
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Bernd Wiesberger became the second player from Austria to win the Lyoness Open, Austria's national open, following Markus Brier in 2006.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 3:57 p.m.

ATZENBRUGG, Austria -- Bernd Wiesberger had a 7-under 65 to win the Lyoness Open by three strokes on Saturday for his second European Tour title.

The Austrian, who was four strokes off the lead going into the final round, finished with an overall 19-under 269 in his national open. Shane Lowry (66) of Ireland and Thomas Levet (68) of France tied for second.

''It's fantastic,'' said Wiesberger, who also won the Ballantine's Championship in April. ''My first win in Korea was great. But this victory in front of my home crowd can only be topped by winning a major.''

Overnight leader Thorbjorn Olesen dropped to fifth place after the Dane shot 74 with three bogeys on the back nine.

Wiesberger had four birdies in five holes around the turn. His tee shot at the 17th hit a tree and bounced to leave him in a good position to get onto the green. At the 18th, he made a 50-foot putt on the final hole.

Wiesberger became the third player to win more than one European Tour event this season, along with South Africans Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen. He is the second Austrian winner of the event after Markus Brier in 2006.

Weisberger, a 26-year-old from Vienna, caught longtime leader Olesen with a burst of four birdies in five holes around the turn and then took the lead with two more birdies at the 15th and 16th. He finished with a spectacular 50-foot putt on the final green for a 19-under-par total at Diamond Country Club -- only an hour away from his home.

Any doubts over whether Wiesberger could hang on to his lead were dispelled at the 17th -- when his mis-hit tee shot clattered into a tree but then bounced into short semi-rough to leave him an angle to the green to save his par.

A jubilant Wiesberger said the victory had made it "the best day of my life so far."

"It seems like it went my way, especially the last two holes," he said. "I had such a great country and such great fans backing me. I'm very proud to be following in such big footsteps . I'm sure I'm not going to be the last home winner."