Van Zyl third in France, earns Open spot

Jaco van Zyl | PHOTO: Luke Walker/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

AUSTRIA’S Bernd Wiesberger captured his third European Tour title with a commanding performance in the Alstom Open de France. Three behind South Africa’s overnight leader Jaco van Zyl at the start of the day, Wiesberger burst into life after lightning briefly delayed the final round.

The 29 year old Austrian made four birdies in succession from the fourth, before nearly holing his approach to the ninth and tapping in for another gain to turn in 31.


With the chasing pack unable to reel him on over Le Golf National’s notoriously tough back nine, eight straight pars kept Wiesberger in control before he finished things in style with a birdie from 15 feet on the last.

That gave him a closing round of 65, a 13 under 271 total, and a three shot winning margin over James Morrison.

It also provided a first visit to the winner’s circle since capturing two titles in 2012, and with a €500 000 cheque for first place the biggest pay day of his European Tour career.

Van Zyl closed with 73 for 276 to take third place all on his own to earn the equivalent of R2,6-million and earn a coveted spot in this month’s Open Championship at St Andrews.