Richard Kaufman takes a look back Dylan Frittelli's win at the Lyoness Open
Last Updated: 12/06/17 12:16pm
A few months down the line, I dare say the first three days of the Lyoness Open will easily be forgotten.
But I think the final round made up for it. Lots of potential stories, the usual heartbreak for a few and a golden moment for one man.
The week before the US Open, most of the big names in European golf had their attention already turned to the challenge of Erin Hills. Four players in the field here will make their way over there and all of them made the cut.
The star name this week and the tournament ambassador was Bernd Wiesberger. He wouldn't say it but I bet he wished the Lyoness Open, or the Austrian Open as it's known in another guise, was another week of the year.
Aware of his stature as Austria's star name, Wiesberger wouldn't be anywhere else. Starting the week ranked 29 in the world, there wasn't another Austrian in the top 700 before the players teed it up. The winner of the Shenzhen International this season, he hasn't missed a cut since last year's PGA Championship in America.
But look at his US Open record the last three years off the back of playing the Lyoness Open. It reads - MC / MC / MC.
And it's not like his form in his national open this week will add to his confidence. Bernd has been brilliant this year. He was superb for his first 12 holes this week. But that was as good as it got!
A couple of late birdies got him into the top 20 but he aims higher than that. Expectations may be a bit different for trio of Joel Stalter, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace as they head from Vienna to Milwaukee after coming through qualifying but good luck to them all.
If it was surprising to see Wiesberger fail to mount a serious challenge it was not such a shock to see Dylan Frittelli as the champion. We don't know too much about US college golf in the UK but it is a very competitive environment.
Frittelli holed the winning putt for Texas at their biggest event in 2012, the NCAAs, taking the celebrations from his team-mates that included Cody Gribble (a winner this season on the PGA Tour) and a certain Jordan Spieth.
The South African won in Austria on the Challenge Tour soon after turning pro in 2013 but it's only now he is starting to fulfil that obvious potential. Letting a five-shot lead go in the final round at the Volvo China Open to Alex Levy obviously didn't dent his new-found confidence and this win plants him firmly inside the world's top 100.
There are no frills to the South African's game and it's hard to see what emotions he's going through behind his big wraparound sunglasses. He's not off to the US Open this week but carry on with his current career trajectory and Fritelli will soon be a regular at all of golf's big events.