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Ogletree cruises to first pro win at International Series Egypt

The former amateur star found his footing in the play-for-pay game after blasting a final round at 8-under par 62 to finish the tournament on 23-under and win by four shots ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who returned a 63 .

Korea’s Jeunghun Wang (64) and USA’s Sihwan Kim (65) finished third, seven behind the winner. The result brought Sihwan Kim back to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit list.

Ogletree started the day with a three-shot advantage from Wiesberger and firmly captured the tournament, navigating the front nine in four under par 32s with birdies on 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 with a drop shot on an 8 of his Lead does little damage.

In the curve he was four ahead of Wiesberger. The Austrian pushed hard to complete a challenge and snagged the par 10th 4 after potting his second hole, but Ogletree responded with a birdie on that hole to sit comfortably three up.

Wiesberger came up for two after a birdie on 13, but the 16th proved crucial as the American birdied while Wiesberger dropped a shot to bring the lead back to four.

Wiesberger birdied in 17th place, but it still left Ogletree the comfort of a three-shot lead leading down the last one, which he appropriately shagged to put the icing on the cake.

“It’s amazing, just unbelievable,” said the rising star from Little Rock, Mississippi, who received a check for $270,000.

TO THE RIGHT: Ogletree celebrates another putt that finds the bottom of the cup in his first pro win. PHOTO: Asia Tour.

“I’ve always been a big fan of matchplay and that’s how it turned out in the end, it was basically a two-man race. I just tried to keep up with him, I made a lot of putts. Luckily I was able to play better than Bernd, he’s a great player and it was really great to come out on top.”

The 24-year-old, who played on the Georgia Tech University golf team, won the 2019 US Amateur and was part of the winning American team at the Walker Cup that same year. He turned pro the following year and is a rookie on the Asian Tour this season.

Ogletree added: “It’s been a great week. First time in Egypt. I’ve seen everything tourists do, I’ve been to the pyramids, we stayed in a great hotel and the golf course was spectacular. It was just really great. I will never forget my first trip to Egypt.”

Wiesberger was trying to win his third Asian Tour title and first in nine years, but found Ogletree just too good today.

“Yeah, I mean I’ll take that [shooting a 63] start Sunday in the last group,” said the 37-year-old, eight-time winner of the DP World Tour.

“You know, throwing everything at him wasn’t good enough. A few loose bogeys but other than that I did what I could. He potted a lot of putts when I was able to. He had it going on the greens today so fair game for him. I played a good round and can be proud of myself.

“It’s been nice, good, staying competitive, good feeling, good golf course and trying to get a lot of good shots. Achieving a nice result is always a bonus too.”

Wang’s graduation is his best since returning from 18 months of national service a few months ago.

Said Wang: “Actually, I’m very happy with my result today because I didn’t do any bogeys. I didn’t hit the first two rounds really well, especially my irons, but it’s getting better now, so I hope to play well next season.

“I will never forget my first trip to Egypt.” – Andy Ogletree.

“My game is okay in terms of scores, but I’m not really satisfied with my irons and drivers at the moment. I’ll probably go to my trainer and fix something with my swing.”

Sihwan Kim, who topped the race on the merit list for most of the year after back-to-back wins, recaptured the top sot from Korean Bio Kim. Sihwan has now earned $615,208 while Bio Kim, who did not compete this week, is second with a profit of $595,109.

Last year’s US Amateur Champion James Piot of the United States fired a 66 to finish sole fifth, eight behind Ogletree.

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