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Pieters seals second Czech Masters crown

18th August 2019, 17:13 by Craig Smithson

Thomas Pieters won his second Czech Masters title and first European Tour crown in three years with a one-shot victory in Prague.

The 27-year-old Belgian, whose previous win came at the Made in Denmark, had already tasted success in this event at the Albatross Golf Resort when he secured his maiden title on the course in 2015.

And, having started Sunday's final round with a slender one-shot lead, Pieters looked comfortable as he secured four birdies on the front nine before picking another shot at the 12th.

There were two bogeys at the eighth and 16th as Pieters finished with a three-under-par 69 to finish on 19-under 269 for the tournament.

The 2016 Ryder Cup star finished one shot clear of Spain's Adri Arnaus, who also carded a final-round 69 courtesy of an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys.

Defending champion Andrea Pavan was another shot further back on 16 under in tied for third alongside Englishman Sam Horsfield.

Speaking after picking up his fourth European Tour win, Pieters told the europeantour.com: "I'm relieved. It's been a long time - it's been three years since I last won.

"It feels good to win again. I never doubted myself but it's just been a long road of not feeling that great with the golf swing. It feels good to get back on track again and get another win.

"It's difficult when everybody says you should be winning two or three times a year. It's always nice to hear that but it's almost a negative sometimes because I always felt like I was underachieving but hopefully there's many more like this.

"I felt like I was in control today, almost the whole day and I kind of did my own thing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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