Fahrbring wins the Czech Challenge

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Swede climbs to second place in the Road to Oman Rankings

Jens Fahrbring secured his second Challenge Tour title by a single stroke at the Czech Challenge.

The Swede beat Ross McGowan after the Englishman was unable to beat Fahrbring’s final hole par putt and conceeding the tournament.

Having started the day two shots behind leader Nico Geyger, Fahrbring carded a final round 68 for a 17-under round total and his second Challenge Tour title.

The 31-year old lifted the trophy, a cheque for €27,200 and he now climbs to second place behind Nacho Elvira in the Road to Oman Rankings. 

“This victory probably feels even more special than my first one [the 2013 Norwegian Challenge], because I had to fight a lot harder this time,” said Fahrbring. “That was pretty intense stuff out there today, and I’m just so relieved I managed to win. This is definitely one of the best days of my career.

“I was a bit nervous at the start of the round, and there were some very tough pin positions today. 

“I had breakfast with Joel [Sjöholm] this morning, and he said the pin placements were some of the toughest he’d ever seen. 

“I normally don’t carry a pin sheet with my scorecard, but when he said that I thought I better had, and I’m very glad I did!

“It meant I had to play safe, sensible golf for most of the day, then just try to take my chances when they came along. Fortunately my putter stayed hot today, as it has been all week. 

“My lag putting was excellent again, and I holed almost everything from inside ten feet. 

“To win any tournament you need your putter to be working, and it was working very well for me this week.” 

Englishman McGowan was left to rue several missed opportunities, including an agonising putt on the last.

“It looked in all the way,” McGowan said.

“I couldn’t believe it when it came back at me, but golf can be a cruel game sometimes. Having said that, I probably had my fair share of luck earlier in the week, so it probably evened itself out overall.

“I’m looking forward to a bit of a rest now. I’ve been playing a lot this season, on the Challenge Tour and the Sunshine Tour, so I need to give my body some recovery time. 

“It would’ve been nice to go into the break on the back of a win, but it wasn’t to be and there are still plenty of positives to take from the week.”

Scotland’s Andrew McArthur finished in third place on 15 under par after signing off with a round of 67.
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