Iain Pyman held off a late charge from Sweden's Daniel Chopra to win the PGA of Austria Masters by a stroke in Kitzbuhel, his first victory for two years. The 28 year old Englishman returned a closing 73 for 268, 16 under par, one ahead of Chopra, whose eight-birdie 64 left him on 269.
But it was bail-biting stuff for Pyman, who saw a seven-shot lead all but disappear as he ran up two double bogeys on a difficult final day.
Pyman was up against it from the start as he double-bogeyed the first hole and it was Switzerland's Andre Bossert who was his biggest danger. Bossert ran in five successive birdies to be out in 31, reducing Pyman's lead to two strokes.
That disappeared when Pyman slipped to another double bogey at the 14th, but Bossert then doubled the 17th to leave the Englishman in the clear.
Enter Chopra. The Swede reached the turn in 33 then added four more birdies to get to 14 under. He then birdied the 17th and needed another at the last to force Pyman into a play off, but he could do no better than par to finish one shot shy.
England’s Robert McGuirk also finished with a seven-birdie 64 for joint third on 270 with Bossert and Scotland’s newest professional Steven O’Hara. The Walker Cup hero finished with 68, his fourth successive sub-70 return, for a highly creditable Challenge Tour debut.
Irishman Peter Lawrie threw off his recent indifferent form with a closing 65 for sixth place on 271, while Mattias Eliasson from Sweden was seventh after also returning 64.
England’s Andrew Marshall, Thomas Havemann from Denmark, Italy’s Marcello Santi and Dominique Nouailhac from France ended in joint eighth place on 273, Nouailhac climbing from the back of the field with a closing best-of-the-day 63 with nine birdies.