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Maximilian Kieffer won the Czech Masters for his first title

Maximilian won his first European tour title by closing with a 66. Maximillian finished one shot ahead of evening leader Gavin Green at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague with a 16-under 200 total



CZECH REPUBLIC: VYSOKY UJEZD On Sunday, Maximilian Kieffer shot a final-round 6-under 66 to win the Czech Masters despite the rain. This was his first victory on the European Tour.

Kieffer won by one shot at the Albatross Golf Resort close to Prague, with a final score of 16 under 200.

Saturday’s third round was interrupted when the course became flooded due to heavy rain. The competition resumed on Sunday, and after 54 holes, a winner was declared.

After finishing in second place four times on the tour, 32-year-old Kieffer finally won a trophy. Further, he became the first German to win the BMW Masters since Marcel Siem in 2014.

To put it bluntly, Kieffer does not know what this all means. “I think it’s wonderful. I don’t know what to say.

Kieffer started the day four shots behind Green, but he made up for a bogey on the 15th with a birdie on the par-4 17th that proved to be the difference.

Due to Gavin’s 17-under score, Kieffer expected he would need at least one more birdie to catch up. To be more specific: “On the 17th, I made an effort to take a more assertive stance.”

After starting the final round with a three-stroke lead, Green of Malaysia hit the water on the 14th for a double bogey after making birdies on Nos. 1, 6, and 10. This allowed Kieffer of the United States and Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland to tie him for first place at 15 under.

Green’s 71st place finish was tied with his 2017 Hero Indian Open runner-up finish for his best ever on the tour.

After a bogey on the 18th hole, Pulkkanen shot a 67 and tied for third place with South African Louis de Jager (68).

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