Bernd Wiesberger

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Bernd Wiesberger
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Personal information
Full nameBernd Klaus Wiesberger
Born (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 34)
Vienna, Austria
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb; 13.5 st)
Nationality Austria
ResidenceOberwart, Austria
Career
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)European Tour
Former tour(s)Challenge Tour
Professional wins11
Highest ranking22 (13 October 2019)[1]
(as of 13 October 2019)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour7
Asian Tour2
Challenge Tour2
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT22: 2015
PGA ChampionshipT15: 2014
U.S. OpenT16: 2017
The Open ChampionshipT32: 2019

Bernd Wiesberger (born 8 October 1985) is an Austrian professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. He finished the 2015 and 2016 seasons in ninth place on the Race to Dubai standings, his career best finish to date.

In July 2015, when he won the Alstom Open de France, Wiesberger became the most successful Austrian golfer on the European Tour with three tour victories. He has since extended his record and is a seven-time winner on the European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Wiesberger was born in Vienna. He won several amateur tournaments, including three Austrian Amateur Stroke Play Championships from 2004 to 2006, the Austrian Amateur Match Play Championship in 2004 and the Austrian Youths Championship in 2004 and 2005. He represented his country at the 2004 and 2006 Eisenhower Trophy. He turned professional in 2006.

Professional career[edit]

Wiesberger played on the Challenge Tour in 2007 and 2008. He earned his European Tour card for the 2009 season through qualifying school. He was unable to win enough money during his rookie season to retain his card and returned to the Challenge Tour. Wiesberger won two events, the Allianz Golf Open de Lyon[2] and the Allianz Golf Open du Grand Toulouse, en route to a 5th-place finish on the Order of Merit, good enough for a European Tour card for 2011.

Wiesberger recorded four top-10 finishes in his return to the European Tour in 2011 including two runner up finishes. He finished 64th on the Order of Merit. Wiesberger claimed his maiden title on the European Tour in 2012 at the Ballantine's Championship, twice setting the course record and winning the championship by the margin of five strokes.[3] The win moved him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. In July 2012, Wiesberger won his second title of the year and of his European Tour career at the Lyoness Open, held in his home country of Austria. He started the final round four strokes back of Thorbjørn Olesen, but a round of 65 seven under par, including birdies at three of the last four holes secured a three stroke victory. He became only the second Austrian to win his home Open, after Markus Brier in 2006. After the victory he said: "It's the best day of my life so far. It seems like it went my way, especially the last two holes. I had such a great country and such great fans backing me. I'm very proud to be following in such big footsteps [as Brier]. I'm sure I'm not going to be the last home winner."[4]

On 5 May 2013, Wiesberger won his sixth professional tournament and the second of his career in Asia, beating reigning Open Champion Ernie Els by a shot at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters for his first win of the season.[5]

In 2014, he lost a playoff at his home event, the Austrian Open. However, he earned enough world ranking points to place 60th in the world and become the first Austrian to play in the U.S. Open. Wiesberger had the last guaranteed position for entry and it was the event immediately after the Austrian Open. At the 2014 PGA Championship, Wiesberger was one off the lead of Rory McIlroy after 54 holes at Valhalla Golf Club and was paired with McIlroy in the final round of the championship. However, Wiesberger shot a three-over par round on the final day and finished in a tie for 15th.

In May 2015, Wiesberger lost in a three-man sudden-death playoff at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He started the final round two strokes behind Søren Kjeldsen and despite shooting a 74, entered the playoff with Kjeldsen and Eddie Pepperell. Kjeldsen won on the first extra hole with a birdie. Wiesberger has lost all three sudden-death playoffs in his European Tour career. On 5 July Wiesberger would win his third event on the European Tour when he took the Alstom Open de France. Wiesberger took victory by three strokes over Englishmen James Morrison, Wiesberger had also started the round four strokes back of South African Jaco Van Zyl but stormed back with final round 66. With this being his third win on tour, he became the most successful Austrian golfer in the history of the European Tour, moving ahead of Markus Brier, who had two wins; Martin Wiegele was the only other Austrian with a win.

Wiesberger claimed his fourth European Tour victory at the 2017 Shenzhen International. He won with a birdie at the first extra hole, in a sudden-death playoff, to defeat Tommy Fleetwood. Fleetwood had earlier shot a final round of 63 to come from eight strokes back and set the clubhouse lead. Wiesberger had to scramble for pars on the back nine and then almost holed his approach shot on the 72nd hole for the victory. In the playoff, Wiesberger found trouble from the tee, but hit his approach to within five feet for birdie to claim victory. His fourth victory came in his 200th event on the European Tour.[6]

On 26 May 2019, Weisberger won his fifth European Tour title at the Made in Denmark at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort. He won by shooting a final-round 66.[7] On 14 July 2019, he won the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. He won in a playoff over Benjamin Hébert.[8] On 13 October 2019, he won the Italian Open for his third victory of the European Tour season. This pushed him to first place in the season long Race to Dubai.[9]

Amateur wins (7)[edit]

  • 1997 Austrian Boys Championship
  • 2004 Austrian Amateur Match Play Championship, Austrian Amateur Stroke Play Championship
  • 2005 Austrian Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Austrian Youths Championship
  • 2006 Austrian Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Austrian Youths Championship

Professional wins (11)[edit]

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

Legend
Rolex Series (2)
Other European Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 29 Apr 2012 Ballantine's Championship1 72-65-65-68=270 −18 5 strokes Scotland Richie Ramsay
2 28 Jul 2012 Lyoness Open 71-66-67-65=269 −19 3 strokes France Thomas Levet, Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
3 5 Jul 2015 Alstom Open de France 68-72-66-65=271 −13 3 strokes England James Morrison
4 23 Apr 2017 Shenzhen International 67-65-69-71=272 −16 Playoff England Tommy Fleetwood
5 26 May 2019 Made in Denmark 68-69-67-66=270 −14 1 stroke Scotland Robert MacIntyre
6 14 Jul 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 67-61-65-69=262 −22 Playoff France Benjamin Hébert
7 13 Oct 2019 Italian Open 66-70-67-65=268 −16 1 stroke England Matthew Fitzpatrick

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Denmark Thomas Bjørn, South Africa George Coetzee,
England Mark Foster, Spain Pablo Larrazábal
Bjørn won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Foster eliminated by par on fourth hole
Larrázabal eliminated by par on second hole
Wiesberger eliminated by par on first hole
2 2014 Lyoness Open Sweden Mikael Lundberg Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Denmark Søren Kjeldsen, England Eddie Pepperell Kjeldsen won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2017 Shenzhen International England Tommy Fleetwood Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open France Benjamin Hébert Won with par on third extra hole

Asian Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 29 Apr 2012 Ballantine's Championship1 72-65-65-68=270 −18 5 strokes Scotland Richie Ramsay
2 5 May 2013 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 67-72-67-67=273 −15 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Challenge Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 11 Jul 2010 Allianz Golf Open de Lyon 67-67-71-62=267 −17 2 strokes Sweden Joel Sjöholm
2 10 Oct 2010 Allianz Golf Open du Grand Toulouse 70-70-67-68=275 −9 4 strokes France Charles-Édouard Russo

Other wins (1)[edit]

  • 2012 Zurich Open

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T22 T34 T43 T24
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT T16
The Open Championship T64 CUT T68 CUT T74
PGA Championship CUT CUT T15 CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship
U.S. Open 76
The Open Championship T32
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 4 21 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (twice, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Mexico Championship T31 T14 T45 T30
Match Play R64 T34 T51 T17 T29
Bridgestone Invitational T55 T25 T41
HSBC Champions T28 T17 T35 T9
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week 41 2019 Ending 13 Oct 2019" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Wiesberger wins with a wondrous 62". PGA European Tour. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Bernd Toasts Maiden Victory". PGA European Tour. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Wiesberger wins his home Open". PGA European Tour. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  5. ^ Anand, V (5 May 2013). "Wiesberger wins CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Wiesberger claims dramatic victory in China". PGA European Tour. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Wiesberger victorious after thriller in Denmark". PGA European Tour. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  8. ^ Scott, Steve (14 July 2019). "Bernd Weisberger edges Benjamin Hebert in the gloaming to take Scottish Open title". The Courier. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  9. ^ Dampf, Andrew (13 October 2019). "Wiesberger wins Italian Open, tops Race to Dubai rankings". Associated Press. Retrieved 14 October 2019.

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