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Marc Hammer storms to the title in the Holledau with a 63

Weihenstephan Open 2022

With the best round of his career, Marc Hammer secures the title at the Weihenstephan Open 2022 - his first victory as a professional and second title on the Pro Golf Tour. His 63 puts him one stroke ahead of his German opponent Finn Fleer at a total of 13 under par. For Hammer, it is "recognition for a lot of work in recent times".

by Frieder Pfeiffer

Rudelzhausen, Germany - Before Marc Hammer could accept the congratulations for winning the Weihenstephan Open 2022, the 23-year-old still went through "20 unpleasant minutes". With a bogey at the difficult 18th, after sensational seven birdies and an eagle on the final day, he had fallen back to a total of 13 under par - now Finn Fleer, the leader before the third round, suddenly had a chance to come back in the Holledau. A birdie would be enough for the play-off. "After the third shot I was a bit plugged in the sand, after the up-and-down I was very happy about the bogey," explained Hammer, who thus secured his second Pro Golf Tour title with nerves of steel after his success at the Starnberg Open 2020 - at that time still as an amateur. Finn Fleer, who was five strokes ahead of Hammer in the morning, finally played par on the 18th and ended up in sole second place.

"The putts finally fell in the third round," Hammer said. "The long game has been good all day and once you make a few birdies here you get rolling very quickly. The course was in very good condition overall, which was fun." The young golfer from GC Mannheim-Viernheim, who celebrated the European team title as an amateur, was already six under par through nine holes. "My caddie said in the morning that I would play a ten under par today. That almost worked," said Hammer, who had set his sights high before the round, "but I didn't really believe in winning." The top was too far away.

In the end, however, it was still enough - also because his opponent Finn Fleer had to record three bogeys between holes six and ten. So he opened the door for Hammer, who now stops with great self-confidence for two tournaments on the Challenge Tour before he slowly starts the final stretch on the Pro Golf Tour. "It's great to finally be rewarded. Recently there was always a bad day. So I had a lot of top-10 results, but was never at the top."

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After many years on the Pro Golf Tour, Finn Fleer was once again among the front runners. It was the 26-year-old's first top ten finish of the season. Behind Fleer, Philip Bootsma (Netherlands), the Frenchman and leader on day one, Antoine Auboin, and his compatriot Jean Bekirian, who had triumphed in Austria at the end of June, share third place at eleven under par.

The Pro Golf Tour continues its season at the beginning of August at the Richter+Frenzel Open 2022 at GC Fürth. After tournaments in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, the final will take place at the Castanea Resort Championship 2022 at the end of September.

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