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Thursday, 15 August 2019
Bernd Wiesberger  (Getty Images)
Bernd Wiesberger (Getty Images)

Bernd Wiesberger was having no problems keeping his feet on the ground as he put himself in contention for yet another strong week on the European Tour at the D+D Real Czech Masters.

The Austrian missed seven months of last season with a wrist injury and after an indifferent start to his comeback, lifted the trophy at the Made in Denmark presented by FREJA back in May.

He has not looked back since then, winning a maiden Rolex Series title at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open to go with a second place finish at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

That form sees him sit second in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex but after an opening 67 at Albatross Golf Resort, the 33-year-old was keeping everything in perspective.

"It's definitely not life changing," he said. "I try not to make whatever happens out here too depending on how I feel off the golf course and in my life but I certainly appreciate what has happened the last couple of weeks.

"I try to feed off it and not take it for granted either. Keep working and try to keep producing good scores and just enjoy myself out there.

"Even though I hit bad shots the frustration is maybe a little shorter than it used to be, so therefore it's just a pleasure being out there and being in a position to play for these events again."

Wiesberger qualified for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational but decided to extend his break and the tactic looks to be paying off.

I certainly appreciate what has happened the last couple of weeks. I try to feed of it and not take it for granted either - Bernd Wiesberger

He made seven birdies and two bogeys to sit at five under and right in the mix in Prague.

"I felt like I needed a couple of weeks off," he said. "We had some great weeks, mentally tiring weeks, before the last break but we decided to come out and not make that break too long.

"We had a couple of days' practice in the last week with the whole team and it kind of lapped over.

"I started off really nicely today, hit the brakes a little bit early in the back nine but, all in all, I would have taken an opening round like this."

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