Stanislav Matuš said goodbye to the third year of the Prague Golf Challenge with a great round. His best result of the week of 69 shots, improving his position by three shots to a final score of -4 and split 29th position. Frenchman Antoine Rozner (-17) rejoices in a clear seven-shot victory.
Although after six holes under par in the second round, Matuš was already in first place, but then he got off track on par, just barely making the cut by a shot. At the weekend, however, he just kept improving.
At first on Saturday morning by a shot, and then on Sunday by three in fact. The eagle right on the first hole had a big hand in it, which was a ten for him. He was still two under the par after the opening nine, with two more birdies and two bogeys.
After this, though there was a bogey on the first hole, it was Matuš’ last hesitation in the tournament. In the remainder of the tournament, he only recorded pars and two more birdies on holes four and six.
“Today was very successful. I got into the groove at putting and immediately on hole number one I put away a relatively long eagle putt, which kick-started me. I have to evaluate today’s performance very positively,” said Matuš, who needed only 25 putts for the final round. Before that, he had been worried on the greens.
In addition, his best performance at the tournament was perhaps under the most difficult conditions, when it was cold and windy on the Prague City Golf course from early morning: “The conditions were very difficult, which is also evident from the results. But we had an excellent flight, we played two, three and four shots under par… But worse weather had been forecast, so it actually didn’t turn out so bad.”
“I must rate the tournament positively. Although the first three days did not look quite good, I made the cut for the morning, and I didn’t not expect much drama,” added Matuš, who will present himself on the Challenge Tour in two weeks at Kaskáda.
Rozner, the champion from Zbraslav, will be there as well.
He will be fighting for the third victory in a row since he won last week in Spain. Three titles in one year on the Challenge Tour would push him straight onto the European Tour. And that is his main goal now.
“I’ll try to collect the three victories as soon as possible. It was hard today, especially at the beginning of the round,” he said, shaking his head, perhaps still a little disbelieving after having just finished. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win again in just a week. I have no words,” he added.
In the end, Rozner won by a whopping seven shots, when he repeated his Saturday result of 68 shots (-4) on Sunday, playing seven birdies and three bogeys, and moving to a score of -17. Ten others ended up with a score of minus ten.