Wiesberger helps Rest of the World team beat Team Asia in Hero Skills Challenge


The 33-year-old Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger has just recovered from his wrist injury and it doesn’t mean he is here to take it easy. His performance today at the Hero Skills Challenge at the Hero Indian Open 2019 was proof of that.

The challenge played out at the ninth hole of the Gary Player Course at the DLF Golf and Country Club.

Each Skill win was worth $ 2,500, which meant the RoW won US $ 7,500, while the Asian team won US $ 2,500. But the winnings were donated to a charity.

The prizes were given away by Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp.

Bernd Wiesberger from team Rest of the World had the company of Spanish duo of Pablo Larrazabal and World No. 73 Adrian Otaguei and South African Brandon Stone.

Team Asia comprised of 2017 Panasonic Open winner Shiv Kapur, two-time back to back Hero Indian Open winner SSP Chawrasia, Asian Tour No.1 in 2018, Shubhankar Sharma and Jazz Janewattanond, ranked 71 on the OWGR, the best-ranked player in the field.

Kapur, set the ball rolling for the home team, as he hit his chip shot from 80-odd yards to 18 inches with his first attempt and decided to forego his next two attempts as RoW’s Larrazabal and Otaegui were further than that from the pin. Chawrasia was the second Asian player in the Challenge.

The next Skill required precision and none was better than Wiesberger, who hit the platform with the Hero Bike on it twice in three shots. For Asia, Chawrasia failed on all three tries and Jazz managed it once in three shots. Stone also failed in his attempts.

Skipper Larrazabal was the best when it came to the bunker shot from 67 yards and hit his shot to within five feet five inches Shubhankar and Jazz of Asia were unable to get closer than that. Otaegui was the second RoW player.

In the final Skills Challenge, the Long Putt, Wiesberger was again the best putting to 15 inches from the far end of the green on the ninth. Kapur and Shubhankar were the ones to have a go at the Challenge, while the second RoW player was Stone.

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