Lundberg secures play-off victory

European Tour

Mikael Lundberg secured victory at the Lyoness Open at the first play-off hole after he was tied with Bernd Wiesberger at 12-under-par after Sundays’s final round.

After surging through the field with a final round 65, Lundberg sunk a 40-foot birdie putt to deny Wiesberger – who carded a 69 on the day – his second victory on home soil.

A victory for the Austrian would have guaranteed him a spot in the draw for next week’s US Open at Pinehurst, but now the 28-year-old has to wait until the end of the PGA Tour’s St Jude Classic to see if his runner-up spot was enough to move him into the top 60 on the world rankings, and with that, qualifying for the season’s second major.

Last year’s winner Joost Luiten, who had a two-shot advantage going into the final round, finished in third place on 11-under after settling for a level par 72 on the day.

England’s Lee Slattery notched a 66 to finish in fourth place, another stroke further back.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) and Fabrizio Zanotti (71) finished in a tie for fifth place on eight-under.

“Today just started off really well on the first couple of holes. I made some really nice putts and changed the whole attitude. And then, what can I say, I didn’t hit a great shot on the last (first play-off hole) and Bernd hit a fantastic shot but that’s golf and I made a fantastic putt,” Lundberg said after his round.

“Luckily I had almost the same putt on the 72nd hole so I got the line a little bit but to hole that one was just fantastic.”

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