Golf: Langasque captures first European Tour title in Wales


August 23, 2020

(Reuters) – France’s Romain Langasque overturned a five-shot deficit to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Wales Open on Sunday.

Langasque, 25, produced six birdies in a bogey-free round of six-under-par 65 to surge through a congested leaderboard and finish eight-under at the Celtic Manor Resort, two strokes clear of Finn Sami Valimaki, who carded a 69.

English duo David Dixon and Matthew Jordan shared third place at five-under, a shot clear compatriots Laurie Canter and James Morrison, and Swede Sebastian Soderberg.

Victory ensures Langasque a place in next month’s U.S. Open Championship after finishing in the top 10 of the UK Swing Order of Merit, alongside Valimaki.

“Everything in golf can go so quick,” said Langasque. “I’m really happy, this is where we all want to be.

“Playing my first U.S. Open this year, the good thing is with no public there’s less pressure on it being my first one. I’m really proud of myself.”

Connor Syme and Justin Harding also booked their places for the major championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, alongside Sam Horsfield, Thomas Detry, Andy Sullivan, Rasmus Hojgaard, Renato Paratore and Adrian Otaegui.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)





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Wales Open: Romain Langasque wins to secure maiden European Tour title


Romain Langasque won the Hopps Open de Provence in 2018 on the European Challenge Tour
-8 R Langasque (Fra); -6 S Valimaki (Fin); -5 D Dixon (Eng), M Jordan (Eng)
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Romain Langasque overturned a five-shot deficit to win the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

The Frenchman, 25, carded six birdies and no bogeys in a superb closing 65 to claim his first European Tour title.

Langasque finished on eight under par, two shots ahead of Finland’s Sami Valimaki, with Englishmen David Dixon and Matthew Jordan a shot further back.

Victory also secured Langasque a US Open debut in September.

“Everything in golf can go so quick,” he said. “I’m really happy. This is where we all want to be.

“Now I’ll have some good opportunities. I need to focus again, but it’s where I’m looking forward to go.

“Playing my first US Open this year, the good thing is with no public there’s less pressure on it being my first one. I’m really proud of myself.”

Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg needed to birdie the 18th to force a play-off but ran up a triple-bogey eight after spinning his third shot back into the water.

Scotland’s Connor Syme, who shared the overnight lead with Soderberg, also found the water on the last to double bogey and slip into a tie for eighth.



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