Germany’s Moritz Lampert won his second Challenge Tour title in the space of three weeks with a superb round of 63 on the final day of the Fred Olsen Challenge de España.
Having prevailed in last month’s Kärnten Golf Open presented by Mazda with a 19 under par aggregate total, Lampert duly doubled his tally of Challenge Tour title with another feat of low scoring at Tecina Golf, on Spain’s Canary Islands.
Lampert’s 20 under par score earned him a two shot win from Belgian Hugues Joannes and a cheque for €25,600, which moved the 22 year old to second place behind Spaniard Jordi Garcia Pinto in the Challenge Tour Rankings and within sight of sealing a swift return to The European Tour.
Lampert started the day two shots adrift of Italian Matteo Delpodio, but swiftly wiped out the deficit with a hat-trick of birdies from the first hole.
His only bogey of the day at the sixth was sandwiched between further gains at the fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth holes, and with Delpodio struggling to build on his third round of 66, Lampert took a firm grip on proceedings when he holed a huge putt for birdie on the 11th green.
When Joannes, who had earlier eagled the ninth hole for the second day in succession, bogeyed the 13th, the trophy appeared destined to end in Lampert’s hands. But to his credit, the Belgian rallied with birdies at the 14th and 17th holes to sign for a round of 64 and set the clubhouse mark on 18 under par.
However, by firing a five-iron to the heart of the 17th green and two putting to bring up his ninth birdie of the day, the man from Sandhausen established a two-shot cushion which he held on to with a par at the last hole.
Lampert said: “I played really well, especially on the front nine. I decided to play aggressively, there were many good guys there with chances to win, so I knew I had to go low and it worked out.
“It’s funny, the week didn’t start very well at all when I almost missed my boat here, and it was a very long trip to get here. But then as soon as I got here, everything went well. I like the course, the place, the facilities – it’s amazing. You can’t get upset, even if you hit a bad shot.
“My game feels good at the moment, I have learned a lot, and I feel I will be better prepared for The European Tour if I get back there.
“I’m good friends with Max Kiefer, Marcel Siem and Martin Kaymer, we play a lot together and I get good advice from them. They tell me to stay humble, practice and work hard, so that’s what I do.
“I worked very hard during the winter, and my work is starting to pay off. The goal now is to win a third event on the Challenge Tour, and get onto The European Tour. Hopefully I can do it in Germany in a few weeks’ time!”
Joannes’ consolation for missing out on his debut Challenge Tour title was a cheque for €17,600 which moved the young Belgian, who had missed the cut in his previous two appearances this season, up to 20th place in the Rankings.
He will now try to make amends for the disappointment when he tees up on home soil in a fortnight’s time in the Belgian Challenge Open.
Delpodio signed off with a round of 69 for a 16 under par aggregate total which was good enough to take a share of third place alongside Spaniard Luis Claverie, who closed with a 64.