Dier Comes Out of Woods for Victory


A lot of things come with shooting a 60 in the first round of a golf tournament - some good, some maybe not so good.
On the good side, it affords you a nice jump on the field, it gets your name and picture in the newspaper, and also gives you a great boost of self-confidence.
On the maybe not so good side, there comes the added pressure and expectations, gives the other golfers a place to stick a bullseye, and unfortunately has you nervously saying to yourself, Just dont blow it! for the rest of the weekend.
But ultimately - and most importantly for Tobias Dier, it came with the sweet taste of victory.
Dier, a 25-year-old from Germany, was able to fend off a slew of challengers down the stretch and hang on for the win at The TNT Open in Hilversum, Netherlands.
After shooting a record-tying 10-under-par 60 in Thursday's opening round, Dier posted scores of 67-67, and then a closing 69 on Sunday to capture his second European Tour title.
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The victory came with the $304,681 first-place check, a huge jump in the Order of Merit money ranking, and, of course, more pictures in the newspaper.
Playing alongside Irelands hard-charging Padraig Harrington in the days final pairing, Dier was even par through 10, tied with Harrington, when they came to the par-4 11th. A bogey by Dier cut the lead to two, and when Harrington eagled the par-5 12th, Dier was up to the task and matched the eagle with one of his own to secure the two-stroke advantage.
Harrington took himself out of the chase with a costly bogey on the 15th, and finally settled for a tie for third at 15-under.
Englands Jamie Spence made things interesting when he holed a 20-footer for eagle on the 18th to go to 16-under and just one back of the leader.
Having to only par the relatively easy 18th for the win, Dier played his third shot safely to the middle of the green and then narrowly missed the birdie putt. He tapped in and raised his arms skyward, as the weight of that first-round 60 was finally off him and victory was his to enjoy.
Dier was the fifth wire-to-wire winner in the event. It was also the fifth time that someone who had shot a 60 during one of the rounds, went on to win the tournament.
Americans Matt Kuchar and John Daly posted four-day totals of 6-under and 2-under, respectively.
Australias Peter Lonard carded a final-day 67 to gain a tie for third with Harrington. Englands Justin Rose, with consistent rounds of 67-67-67-67, finished in a four-way tie for sixth.
Full-field scores for TNT Open