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Maiden win for Nicolas Maheut in the Netherlands

Broekpolder International Open 2018

Frenchman Nicolas Maheut safely wrapped up the first tournament victory of his professional career with a birdie on the 18th hole of his final round. The 28-year-old from Eslettes triumphed at the Broekpolder International Open in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, with a total 12 under par. After rounds consisting of 69, 66 and, on the final day, another 69 strokes, he lay two strokes ahead of Scottish player Christopher Maclean. With a total 6 under par (71+71+68) third position went to German Dennis Meyerrose.

by Matthias Lettenbichler

Vlaardingen/The Netherlands – “The first victory just feels simply incredible! I felt so much pressure, but then I just completely focussed on my game and, in the end, it worked out!” Overjoyed, Nicolas Maheut accepted the winner’s trophy for the 2018 Broekpolder International Open, equally pleased with the congratulations he received for his first tournament victory as a professional player. “I didn’t really make any bad strokes this week,” said the champion in regard to his sporting appearance at the Golfclub Broekpolder in Vlaardingen.

With top results in greens in regulation and a very solid game, he collected birdie after birdie, taking the lead on the second day of the tournament with a flawless round of 66 strokes – a lead which he kept all the way to the end. Only the Scotsman Christopher Maclean came close to his playing partner on the final day, with an equally flawless 66-stroke round, however Maheut also demonstrated strong nerve at the final hole: in the lead by one stroke, he teed off and secured one final birdie, ensuring that his opponent could no longer retaliate.

“I was counting on the fact that Christopher would still be able to play a birdie here, and I didn’t want to risk anything,” said Maheut on his strong finish. As a matter of fact, he lay two points ahead of the Scotsman at the end, who ended the tournament with a total of 10 under par (71, 69, 66). Third place went to Dennis Meyerrose from Germany who entered the clubhouse of the GC Broekpolder with a total of 6 under par (71+71+68). With this, the Pro Golf Tour celebrated a successful premiere in the Dutch city of Vlaardingen, where the players were met with good conditions and a challenging golf course.

14 of the 20 tournaments in this year’s Pro Golf Tour have now been played, and, in only a few days’ time, the tour will continue with a classic: where the battle is on for the prize money of 30,000 euro and just as many points for the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit at the Gut Bissenmoor Classic in Bad Bremstedt in Schleswig-Holstein. The tournament begins with the ProAm on 11 July, meaning that the professionals will be competing on the course of the Golf & Country Club Gut Bissenmoor from 12 to 14 July.