South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli held his nerve to claim his first European Tour title in the Lyoness Open powered by ORGANIC+, Austria, by a shot from England’s David Horsey, South Africa’s Jbe Kruger and Mikko Korhonen of Finland.
The 27-year-old – a graduate from last season’s Challenge Tour – claimed 166,660 points for the win and moved from 25th to 17th position in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, with his place all but secured in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19, after upping his season-tally to 656,848.
Nick Tarratt, Director of the European Tour International Dubai office, said: “We congratulate Dylan on his first European Tour win and look forward to hopefully welcoming him to Dubai in November.
“It is exciting to see another player from the 2016 Challenge Tour graduate so seamlessly to the European Tour. Dylan finished eighth in the 2016 Road to Oman Rankings having won the Rolex Trophy in August 2016 and accumulated 120,892 Road to Oman points in the season.
“He looks like following the likes of Ricardo Gouveia (Portugal), Nacho Elvira (Spain) and Brandon Stone (South Africa) as players who have progressed (all on the Challenge Tour in 2015) from the Challenge Tour to the top 60 on the Race to Dubai to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship in just one season.”
The Johannesburg man began the final day two shots off the lead, but birdied three of the first four holes and picked up another shot on the ninth to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Frittelli had a brief two-shot advantage after another birdie on the 11th, but that turned into a one-shot deficit when he bogeyed the 14th and compatriot Kruger followed an eagle on the 12th with birdies on the 15th and 16th.
England’s Richard McEvoy also birdied the 15th and 16th to reach 12 under, but drifted away after bogeying the last two holes to settle for fifth place, while Frittelli birdied the 16th to regain a share of top spot.
Kruger then bogeyed the 18th and after crucially saving par from over the 17th green, Frittelli produced a superb tee shot to the heart of the green on the last to set up a winning par.
Kruger, Korhonen and Horsey gained 74,570 points for their share of second place, with Kruger moving from 129th to 84th in the Race to Dubai, Korhonen progressing from 64th to 52nd and Horsey jumping from 97th to 71st.
England’s Richard McEvoy finished in fifth to win 42,400 points and move from 216th to 155th, while Sweden’s Johan Carlsson finished one shot behind in sixth place and claimed 35,000 points to move from 128th to 102nd.
Austria’s Sepp Straka, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and Holland’s Joost Luiten were all tied in seventh place and each gained 25,800 points. Bjerregaard moved from 98th to 92nd while Luiten solidified his place in 39th.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia remains at the head of the Race to Dubai Rankings with 2,440,596 points with England’s Tommy Fleetwood in second with a season-tally of 1,910,514 points and Jon Rahm in third on 1,509,829.