William Nygard is now part of the winner’s circle in the Gecko Tour after an incredible performance at Lauro Golf. The young 20-year-old golfer beat English golfer Sam Connor after an exciting showdown in the tiebreaker. They golfed two playoff holes, the first they tied with a birdie and the second the Swedish golfer won with another birdie. That’s how the grand finale went, and he also landed a birdie on the 18th hole to make the tie. In other words, three birdies to finish with the win and take the crown as champion.
Nygard, who went pro in 2015, made his debut as champion with this magnificent victory at Lauro. It was time. It’s his second season in the Gecko Tour and there have been many times where he started off leading the pack after the first round and ended up falling slightly short in the end. “I’ve never been as close as this time because I’ve never even made it to the tiebreak, but I’m really content. It’s my first win and it makes me really happy”, he assured just after finishing the tournament.
Nygard won at Lauro with a total score of 138 shots in 36 holes, the same as Connor and one less than Andreas Andersson, Nygard’s compatriot who was present in the opening tournament of the Gecko held at La Cañada. Daniel Serón finished in fourth place and Finnish golfer Tuomas Sistonen stood alone in fifth place.
Nygard confesses that his main virtue is the putt and the short shots with the iron to green. Today he more than proved it. Precisely, the key shot of the tournament was with the putter on the first hole of the tiebreaker. “Sam had hit a great shot and left the ball really close for birdie. I felt I had to land the shot and it went in. It was around eight meters out from the hole”, he explains. An explosive finish to a well-earned first win.
Nygard already played throughout the entire season of the Gecko last year and he’ll do it again this year until the Nordic League starts, Satellite Tour hosted in the Scandinavian countries which opens the doors to the Challenge Tour. He already played in this tour last year as well and managed to make five out of eleven cuts. With performances like today’s, not only will he arrive well-prepared, but also with a high level of confidence.
After the damages suffered by the rain in the Costa del Sol and having forced the suspension of the tournaments at Alcaidesa last week, the sun is shining and the Gecko is back. The playing conditions at Lauro were excellent. The same weather is expected for the next Gecko tournament that will be played this Thursday and Friday on the Torrequebrada course.