gains wire to wire win
a record-setting day on Thursday, Tobias Dier of Germany never looked back.
became the third German winner of the TNT Open in six years on Sunday, closing
with a one-under-par 69 to win the European Tour event by once stroke over England's
set a course record with a 10-under-par 60 in Thursday's opening round and turned
heads on Saturday by closing with an eagle. He became the sixth wire-to-wire winner
on the Tour this year, finishing with a 17-under 263.
really don't know what to say," said Dier, whose first European Tour win
came last season at the North West of Ireland Open. "If somebody had said
to me I was going to win before the start of last week, I would have told them
to dream on because I wasn't playing well."
had a five-stroke advantage at the end of the opening round, which helped him
hold off a fast-finishing Spence, who shot a 65 on Sunday and finished with a
of Australia of shot a 67 and Padraig Harrington of Ireland a 68 on Saturday to
finish tied for third at 265.
former German amateur champion, Dier joined Sven Struver in 1997 and Bernhard
Langer last season as recent winners of the TNT Open.
just tried to keep on playing solid golf, hit the greens and see how the putter
worked," Dier said. "I led from the first moment I stepped on the golf
course so in a way it felt normal for me to be up there."
bogeyed the 11th on Sunday after driving into the trees. But he recovered with
an eagle 3 on 12 and parred the remaining holes.
closed with an eagle 3 on 18, giving him his best finish of the season.
Mosely of Australia shot a 67 and finished alone in fifth at 267.
shot a 69 for the third straight day and was 2-under for the tournament.
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