On a topsy-turvy day in Bavaria Jake Roos (@RoosJake) came out on top to claim a second title of the season at the Aegean Airlines Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort.(Picture: Stefan Heigl/PGA of Germany/European Tour)
His final round of 70 proved enough for a two stroke victory over England’s Jason Barnes, but there was nothing simple about the manner of his win, after plenty of fireworks from the third placed Chris Hanson.
The man from Huddersfield carded an eagle at the par five tenth hole before he holed his second at the 14th for another, and when playing partner Roos three putted the same hole, Hanson had a four stroke advantage over the South African.
Five bogeys in a row coming in would be the Englishman’s undoing though, and a couple of clutch birdies at the 16th and 17th holes from Roos proved enough to claim his second title, which followed on from his maiden triumph at the Barclays Kenya Open back in March.
“It was an amazing day, just so up and down,” said Roos, who moves to fourth on the Challenge Tour Rankings. “I started off really well and was in control on the front nine, I was hitting it nicely, but then I bogeyed nine. Round the turn everything changed though with Chris making those two eagles in the next four holes, and I three putted the 13th when he holed his second shot, which had me four behind with five to go.
“At that point I just wanted to steady the ship and have a good finish, but then he made a few bogeys and I hit great shots into 16 and 17, which I was pleased to do down the stretch. I feel very blessed to have come out on top, because it certainly didn’t look like going that way an hour before the end.
“I wasn’t too sure about where I stood going down the last, as I knew Barnes was at 12 under, and probably wouldn’t have birdied, so I stayed aggressive and tried to hit it at the flag. Then as I got closer to the green I saw I had a two shot lead and it didn’t matter, so it feels great.
“I haven’t thought about a third win yet, but I’m very happy with my game, so I will try and play as much as I can here in Europe, where I feel more comfortable now. I’ve played here a bit before and struggled, but a few good results have given me plenty of confidence.
“I’ve played the last seven weeks so I’m going home to South Africa tomorrow as I’m pretty tired, and then I’ll be back to play in Switzerland. I’ll focus on the Challenge Tour the rest of the year, a few European Tour in between maybe, and we’ll see what happens.”