Wiesberger beats Hebert in Scottish Open playoff

Austria's Bernd Wiesberger on the 9th green during day three of the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Bernd Wiesberger beat Benjamin Hebert on the third playoff hole at the Scottish Open on Sunday for his sixth European Tour title.

Hebert shot 62 to set the clubhouse target on 22 under at The Renaissance Club but overnight leader Wiesberger (69) recovered from a slow start to reclaim top spot with his fourth birdie of the day on the 16th, only to bogey the 17th and then hole from five feet on the last to force a playoff.

Wiesberger parred the third playoff hole to beat Hebert.

The Frenchman had the consolation of sealing one of the three qualifying places for the British Open starting Thursday at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, with England's Andrew Johnston (62) and Italy's Nino Bertasio (68) taking the other two spots after finishing in a five-way tie for fourth.

"I knew it was not going to come easy," said Wiesberger, who missed seven months of last season following wrist surgery. "I had a great warmup this morning and then it just got a little tough for me."

The Austrian, who moved top of the Race to Dubai, won the Made in Denmark tournament in May.

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Updated July 14, 2019

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