Bernd Wiesberger fell back on the final day in Rome. From Thursday he will play a long-distance duel against Rory McIlroy in Wentworth for a permanent place in Team Europe.
Bernd Wiesberger dropped to 46th place on Sunday in the final round of the European Tour tournament in Rome. Like the day before, he played a 72 from one over par and lost seven positions. With a total of 283 strokes, he was twelve behind the Danish winner Nicolai Hojgaard, who celebrated his first tour success at the age of 20.
A place in the top 15 would have been enough for Wiesberger to push Rory McIlroy from fourth qualifying place for the continental duel with the best golfers in the USA (September 21 to 26) in the European Ryder Cup ranking. Since the Northern Irish will not play any more tournaments by then, Austria’s number one will have another chance to secure a permanent place from Thursday at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth. Alternatively, Captain Padraig Harrington could give him one of the three wild cards.
Schwab improve his PGA starting chances
Matthias Schwab achieved his second top result in eighth place at the final tournament of the Korn Ferry Finals. The Styrian was already sure of the PGA tour card, and now he has it officially. “I have achieved my most important goal for the year,” said the 26-year-old, who wants to play six or seven tournaments on the North American PGA Tour next fall that are already part of the new season. “I’m happy about it and will be living and playing mainly in the USA from the end of September.”
Schwab, who will be living in Dallas from now on, finished the weekend after a round of 69 with three under par and a total of 11 under in eighth place shared with a duo. Winner Joseph Bramlett (USA) needed nine fewer strokes.
Schwab will now keep Sepp Straka company on the US tour. 49 tournaments are scheduled for the coming season. At Schwabs Management, it is assumed that due to his good position in the Korn Ferry category, he will be able to play 20 to 25 tournaments. The Styrian will probably not make the most of all starting opportunities, as he does not want to lose sight of the European Tour either. Schwab will next tee off in Wentworth, UK, before returning to North America and joining the US tour at the Sanderson Farms Championship on September 27th.