-13! Robin Kind wins with record result in Bochum
Sparkassen Open 2015
One day after Robin Kind wrote golfing history with a 59 round, the Dutchman won the Sparkassen Open 2015 in Bochum after a thrilling battle. On the par 72 course at Bochum GC the 23-year old brought the best score of the day back to the clubhouse for the second time in a row on Wednesday, recorded 62 strokes on his score card and was therefore 27 under par (68, 59, 62) overall for the tournament. After three rounds he was five strokes ahead of Maximilian Laier from Leipzig (-22/64, 65, 65) and six points in front of this countryman Reinier Saxton (-21/67, 64, 64).
Bochum/Germany −For Robin Kind it’s the second successful tournament of his career on the Pro Golf Tour: he won the Open Al Maaden in Morocco in 2013. He was supported by his family in Bochum, who had travelled from Den Haag to experience the final round with him. “That means a great deal to me,” says Kind. “Although they didn’t see my 59 round, this final round was also something really special for me too. A week with these kinds of results is simply exceptional.” In the end he was five strokes ahead of Maximilian Laier in second place, although the lead was much more significant than you would have expected considering the duel between the two players on the course: on the 18th tee Laier was only two points behind Kind and had the chance to still force a playoff. The golfer from Leipzig had to risk everything for this though and promptly hit his drive out of bounds. This clinched it and Robin Kind was able to take the title home in the manner of a champion with a final birdie. “It was really close today! Our duel started after four fairways at the latest when Max pitched for an eagle. I upped the ante with an eagle, he putted out of the bunker for an eagle again. Max really put me under pressure,” says Kind.
The subsequent winner started the final round with a birdie himself and was five under par after eight fairways, like the day before, when he achieved the fabulous 59, the best round that a Dutchman has ever played in a professional tournament. Robin Kind made Pro Golf Tour history with one eagle and eleven birdies, with 13 under par overall making it the second round of 59: Martin Kaymer from Mettmann also needed just 59 strokes on the second tournament day at the Habsberg Classic in the 2006 season and the tournament was also won with 27 under par overall. Just like Robin Kind by the way with rounds of 68, 59 and 62.
The 2015 Pro Golf Tour’s next stop is the Augsburg Classic, which is being organised on the course at the Augsburg GC in Bobingen-Burgwalden from 17 to 19 August. The defending champion there is Sebastian Kannler from Marktl am Inn.