Wattel seals KLM Open victory

Ruben Hill
September 18, 2017

Aphibarnrat held a one-shot lead overnight but Wattel swiftly passed him with three birdies from close range in his first six holes.

The Frenchman teed it up on the last with a one-shot lead and opted for a conservative approach that ultimately paid dividends, but only after Aphibarnrat's attempt at being bold backfired.

George Coetzee crafted a final lap of 4-under-par 35-32=67 to finish T3 in the KLM Open on 13-under 271, two shots behind victor Romain Wattel at The Dutch.

Elsewhere, England's Lee Westwood shared third spot with Joel Stalter, Sebastian Heisele, Justin Walters, George Coetzee and Eddie Pepperell at 13-under.

"I'm not going to say that everything was ideal this week but my putting was great all week and I just tried to play as smart as I could and I am obviously delighted with the result".

1 - This was an unexpected win for Romain Wattel who had been enduring a poor season on the European Tour.

The 27-year-old had been in good shape when he came off the course last night after birdies at the par four first, par three fourth and par five sixth had moved him up to six-under-par.

Wattel bogeyed the eighth and 11th either side of a birdie at 10 as he and the Thai powerhouse headed into the final five holes tied at the top, but Aphibarnrat then edged back into the lead with a birdie at the 14th.

"I haven't been in contention that much recently, so it's nice to get in there and have a chance and I'm sure I'll remember what to do when the time comes". I was just trying to focus on releasing my shots because sometimes I can get to tight.

"I never thought about the score, I just tried to play my best". I only had one more event that I was guaranteed to play to try and win my European Tour card but it looks like I might have done it this week. "It feels unbelievable to win for the first time - I am so happy right now".

"To be honest this is the best I have played for a couple of years in terms of ball-striking and control so I am delighted with what is my best result of the year", he said.

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