Calmels Comeback Victory
François Calmels fired a sizzling 11 birdies in a final-round 65 to come from behind and win his second Challenge Tour title of the season at the D+D Real Czech Challenge Open.
The Frenchman, who began the day three shots off the lead at Golf & Spa Kunetická Hora, finished with an aggregate score of 22 under par, three clear of the English trio of Robert Dinwiddie, overnight leader Adam Gee and Sam Walker to pick up a £22,000 and with it move to second in the 2013 Challenge Tour Rankings.
The Parisian’s stunning seven under par 65 that included seven birdies in eight holes from the ninth was the lowest final round by a winner this season and the largest comeback on a Sunday seen this campaign.
It was an eventful day with American Brooks Koepka climbing 36 places up the leaderboard into a tie for seventh thanks to a magnificent course record 62 that featured two eagles and six birdies, while Italy’s Nicolo Ravano holed out at the par three 17th to win a Peugeot 3008.
But, ultimately, the day belonged to Calmels.
“This is totally different to my first win because there I was leading and just built from there, whereas today I started quite far back,” said Calmels, who also won in April at the Challenge de Madrid.
“I was struggling a lot at the start but then during that birdie stretch I played incredible and made every putt. I saw that guys were four shots better than me during the front nine but I kept telling myself, ‘You’re playing good!’ and I knew that if I could start holing some putts I could put up a fight.