SAINT-OMER, France – Martin Wiegele of Austria shot a 3-under 68 to win the Saint-Omer Open on Sunday and earn his first title on the European Tour.
Wiegele finished two shots ahead of a group of five players after four birdies and only one bogey for a 7-under 277 total.
“It was just unbelievable to win here,” Wiegele told the European Tour website. “It’s the moment I have ever dreamt of since I was a little boy, since I started playing golf.”
Pelle Edberg of Sweden carded a 67 and was tied for second place with Raphael Jacquelin of France and English players Matt Haines, Robert Dinwiddie and Jamie Elson.
Overnight leader Elson hit one more birdie than Wiegele but hurt his chances with seven bogeys for a 73.
Wiegele started with two birdies to snatch the lead from Elson, who bogeyed the third and the fourth holes.
“I was thinking last night of this round,” Wiegele said. “I thought after finishing so badly yesterday (with a double bogey), it’d be great to have a really good start that (would) bring me back into contention. It just happened.”
Elson recovered by sinking five birdies in six holes to recapture the top spot at 9-under. But he surrendered the lead again with two consecutive bogeys.
Wiegele bogeyed the 18th to leave the door open for Elson, but the Englishman couldn’t rally in the last four holes and even dropped shots on Nos. 15 and 17.
“I was pretty nervous out there toward the end,” Elson told the European Tour website. “Unfortunately I just missed two or three short putts.”
Dinwiddie, who started the day in second place, quickly lost ground as he opened his round with two bogeys and a double-bogey. But he made a strong comeback with three birdies on the back nine to finish joint second.
Mark Haastrup of Denmark took seventh place at 3-under 281. Charles-Edouard Russo of France shared eighth place with Ake Nilsson of Sweden.
The 398th-ranked Wiegele won the Lexus Open in 2007 and the Karnten Golf Open this year on the Challenge Tour.