“It’s absolutely crazy. I’m just happy to be here as a winner,” said Straka. The 30-year-old, who has lived in the US since a young age, had his first tournament success last year at Palm Beach Gardens. In Florida he achieved the first Austrian victory in a world tour class one.
Straka started very poorly with a score of 73 in the John Deere Classic, which didn’t have many stars. However, from 133rd place, he showed an exciting race to catch up with laps 63, 65 and the final, which was record-breaking until just before the finish.
He missed a better final round, as a possible 59, on the 18th hole by a putt in the water and a missed putt. “Unfortunately it wasn’t a good shot, it’s the only bad one. But the putter was hot today,” said the Viennese after another personal best and added. “59 wasn’t in my head, I was just thinking about winning the championship.” Starting 14th, he felt a bit of a shiver while waiting for Todd and company to follow him.
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