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John Catlin wins third European Tour title after defeating Max Kieffer in five-hole Austrian Open playoff

John Catlin’s third European Tour title in eight months didn’t come simply. In truth it took 5 additional holes in opposition to Maximilian Kieffer on the Austrian Open for Catlin, a 30-year-old from California, to return out on prime.

Catlin performed the ultimate spherical at Diamond Country Club close to Vienna, Austria, in 7-under 65, which was one higher than Kieffer’s closing 66. Catlin was bogey-free in the ultimate spherical, however Kieffer tossed in a pair of bogeys offset by an eagle on the par-5 fourth.

By the top of the day, when each had been locked in at 14 underneath, they returned to par-3 18th for sudden dying. After buying and selling two pars, each made birdie the third time down the outlet. The two each parred once more on the fourth additional gap, with Catlin getting his with an up-and-down from a bunker. Finally, Kieffer discovered water off the tee and twice from the drop zone to permit Catlin to win with bogey.

Catlin’s European Tour resume additionally contains victories on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the Andalucia Masters in 2020. This makes it three wins in his final 13 begins and strikes him into the highest 25 on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex after ending thirty fifth in the season-long standings final 12 months.

“I’d love to crack that top 50 in the world,” stated Catlin, who began the week ranked No. 124 in the Official World Golf Ranking. “Just get a chance to play in some major championships – I’ve actually never played in a major. I’m thinking this gives me a very good chance to play in the U.S. PGA Championship, that was kind of my goal.

“Hopefully it’s good enough and to get into those events and to have the chance to win a major, that’s been my goal since I was a kid.

“Winning is never easy, it doesn’t matter what tour you’re playing on and to have gotten this one is definitely something special.”


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