Veerman keeps his cool to claim first European Tour victory as Pulkkanen implodes

By Sports Desk August 22, 2021

Johannes Veerman secured his first European Tour triumph at the 59th attempt after a dramatic end to the Czech Masters on Sunday.

Veerman, whose best career result had previously been a third-placed finish at July's Irish Open, snatched a two-stroke victory over the final two holes.

The American was playing alongside 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson and overnight leading Tapio Pulkkanen, who had appeared on course to protect his advantage.

Pulkkanen took a two-shot lead into the final round and was one clear with two holes to play, not quite living up to Saturday's 66 but still three under for the day and 15 under for the tournament following back-to-back birdies.

But the Finn, himself in pursuit of a maiden win, lost form horribly to put victory on a plate for Veerman.

A bogey at the 17th brought Veerman back level and the victor only had to make par again at the last as Pulkkanen's double after finding water remarkably left him two shy, alongside Sean Crocker. Stenson, meanwhile, finished three back.

"It's unbelievable," Veerman told Sky Sports. "I played with two great players today, both of them played really well the whole entire way.

"At one point there was four of us all tied for the lead and I just stuck to my game.

"I can't believe I won. I'll wake up tomorrow and then I'll really feel it.

"I've never been so nervous on that shot into the [18th] green and even more nervous on that putt. It's so simple, done it a hundred times, but nothing that felt quite like it."

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