Rusch wins in Agadir
Benjamin Rusch has won the Open Ocean in Morocco and by that his first event of the season. With a total 14 under par and rounds of 70, 62 und 67 strokes the Swiss scored two shots better than Scotsman Chris Robb. He now takes second place at the tour's Order of Merit.
Two other Swiss PGA tour players made the cut and showed solid performance - Luca Galliano with 6 under par finished T15 and Mathias Eggenberger took a T39 place with 1 under par.
„Of course, my aim is to promote to the Challenge Tour again. Nowadays you’re getting the card early by winning three Pro Golf Tour events in one season. I managed to do exactly that in 2015, so I hope I’ll be able to repeat that. I think the foundation for that has been laid with that victory.“ Benjamin Rusch jubilantly accepted the trophy in Agadir. The title might be the biggest incentive to get back onto the Challenge Tour for the professional from Weinfelden in Switzerland. In 2015 Rusch already gained his card by finishing the season as third of the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, but lost it two years later.
With his fantastic score on day two the 28-year-old proved that he’s currently in a good shape and his beautiful 67 in the final round brought him the win. „The 62 was a personal highlight for me, since it’s the lowest round I’ve ever scored in a tournament“, Rusch said. „Some holes didn’t really fit into my game from the tee, so I decided to shoot some long irons; seems like it was the right decision. My wedge-shots are currently very good, so I was able to score well. It’s easy to say after a victory, but I guess the layout of the course fits my game very well.“
On Thursday Rusch can already check if the course of the Tazegzout Golf will fit just as good: The first round of the Open Tazegzout 2018 will start on that day as the next-to-last event of the Pro Golf Tour Morocco series 2018. 138 players will compete for another 30.000 Euros total prize money and as much ranking points for the Order of Merit. Number One of the ranking is still Scotsman Liam Johnston, but Benjamin Rusch already caught up to rank 2.
Source: Christian Langer/ProGolf Tour