European Tour

Pieters ends 3-year wait for European Tour title

Thomas Pieters (Getty Images)
Thomas Pieters (Getty Images)

Prague - Belgium's Thomas Pieters ended his three-year wait for a fourth European Tour title with a one-shot win at the Czech Masters on Sunday, on the same Prague course where he won his first trophy in 2015.

Pieters, a Ryder Cup player in 2016, carded a final round 69 on the Albatross Golf Resort for a 269 total and 19-under par.

"I'm relieved. It's been a long time - it's been three years since I last won," the 27-year-old told europeantour.com.

"It feels good to win again. I never doubted myself but it's just been a long road of not feeling that great with the golf swing."

Playing partner Adri Arnaus of Spain was second on 18 under par with defending champion Andrea Pavan of Italy joint third alongside England's Sam Horsfield, three shots off the winning total.

Leading final round scores in the European Tour's Czech Masters in Prague on Sunday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 72): 

269 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 67 67 66 69 

270 - Adri Arnaus (ESP) 71 65 65 69 

272 - Sam Horsfield 69 66 69 68, Andrea Pavan (ITA) 68 68 71 65 

274 - Hugo Leon (CHI) 66 69 67 72, Liam Johnston 67 69 68 70, Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 69 67 66 72, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 65 72 66 71, Matthias Schwab (AUT) 70 65 69 70 

275 - Robert Karlsson (SWE) 67 68 67 73 

276 - Haydn Porteous (RSA) 69 70 69 68, Zander Lombard (RSA) 68 70 73 65, Kim Koivu (FIN) 66 72 70 68 

277 - Romain Wattel (FRA) 68 71 69 69, Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) 66 71 66 74, Jack Singh Brar 69 68 67 73, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 66 66 70 75 

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