Peter Uihlein was denied his second European Tour title of the season Sunday after a spectacular finish by Gregory Bourdy.
The Frenchman closed with three consecutive birdies to pass Uihlein down the stretch and steal the ISPS Handa Wales Open by two strokes. His final-round 67, which included three bogeys, was good enough for his fourth European Tour title.
Uihlein, 24, began the final round at Celtic Manor, the 2010 Ryder Cup course, with a three-shot lead, but played the first 10 holes in 2 over par. He rebounded with a birdie on 15, but that’s when Bourdy began his improbable run.
Bourdy made a 50-foot bomb on 16, a 15-footer on 17, and then, after Uihlein tied the 7-under mark with a birdie on 17, he poured in a 30-footer on the final hole.
Needing a birdie on the par-5 finisher, Uihlein drove into the left rough and was forced to hack out. His third shot with a wedge spun back down the hill, and his long-range birdie try burned the left edge. He also missed the comebacker for a 1-over 72, but it didn’t cost him second place alone.
Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion, began the year on the Challenge Tour but earned his European Tour card by winning the Madeira Islands Open in May. He’s followed that triumph with five top-25 finishes.
Depending on what happens this weekend in Boston, his runner-up in Wales should be enough to propel Uihlein into the top 100 in the world for the first time in his career. He entered this week ranked No. 119.