Pieters' Czech win 'means everything'

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• Thomas Pieters wins his first European Tour title
• Won by three shots from Sweden's Pelle Edberg
• Craig Lee finished as top Scot 

Thomas Pieters | D+D Real Czech Masters

Thomas Pieters recovered from an early double bogey to win his maiden European Tour title by three shots at Albatross Golf Resort.


The Belgian started the final round at the D+D Real Czech Masters with a one shot advantage over Pelle Edberg but found himself one behind the Swede after a double bogey on the third hole. It was his second double-bogey of the week after he incurred a two shot penalty on the 11th hole of his third round for playing the wrong ball.

Pieters recovered well, though, with four birdies over his final ten holes to reach 20-under-par and become only the third Belgian to win on the European Tour, after Phillip Toussaint and Nicolas Colsaerts.

“This means everything to me,” said the 23-year-old. “You work all year long for this and my life right up to now. To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling. I’m very proud of the way I played, especially after that early double.
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“It’s great to get a victory so early in my career. There are so many players out here that maybe haven’t won, or who have just won once, so I am really happy right now.

“I had to come from behind today. It was mentally tough those last 14 holes. I was more nervous last year in Spain trying to keep my card. I just wanted to win.”

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D+D Real Czech Masters - Day Four

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick enjoyed another good week and continued his push for his first European Tour title. The former US Amateur champion, who turns 21 next week, began with four consecutive birdies but back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes halted his challenge.

After his round, Fitzpatrick said: “I keep coming so close so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep putting myself in positions and hopefully it will come.

“I’ve already exceeded my expectations at the start of the year by a country mile so I’ve just got to keep going in the right direction.”

Craig Lee finished as the top Scot in a tie for eighth place on ten-under-par.

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