Wilson Staff Advisory Member Andreas Hartø Seals Czech Title
CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2012 - Wilson Staff Advisory Member Andreas Hartø sealed his third European Challenge Tour title in stunning fashion as the Dane finished with four spectacular birdies to see off the brave challenge of his compatriot Joachim B. Hansen and win the inaugural D+D Real Czech Challenge Open. His consistently competitive play throughout the week advanced him to a total 24-under par and a three-stroke victory over second place and six-strokes over third place.
In the most dramatic of finales at Kunetická Hora Golf Club, Hartø was put under intense pressure on the closing holes as Hansen, playing in the group ahead, birdied four holes in a row after the turn to move into a share of the lead with his fellow Dane. Hartø reserved his best for the end, however, as a birdie on the 15th was followed by a superb up-and-down on the par five 16th for birdie, having found the rough with his first two shots.
On the par three 17th, he produced a moment of pure golf magic to the delight of the many spectators, rolling in a birdie putt from over 50 feet to extend his lead to two.
Despite the pressure on Championship Sunday, Hartø was engaging with the fans throughout the round, sharing jokes and talking to kids, and giving them a fitting finale when he rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th to sign for a seven-under par round of 65.
"I'm just really happy," said the Copenhagen native, who moved to second place in the Challenge Tour Rankings. "It's a bit of a relief too because I have been chasing that victory all year and this week everything just came together for me. I played extremely well and the finish I had was just massive."
The 24-year youngster turned professional in 2010, and drew global attention by quickly capturing two out of his first four Challenge Tour events. Since signing a contract with Wilson Staff in January 2011, his FG Tour V2 irons have helped him win his third Challenge Tour tournament, as well as three top ten finishes this year in two other Challenge Open events.
"Thanks to this dominant victory by Andreas Hartø, it's evident that Wilson Staff continues to make truly performing-enhancing equipment, and that our brand prides itself in helping players become champions," commented Tim Clarke, General Manager of Wilson Golf. "We're excited to activate young, vibrant players like Hartø, and we believe in his longevity and future success."