Connor Syme pleased with surging finish and top 5 Euro Tour place

North East Fife golfer Connor Syme was delighted with his final few holes as he racked up a top 5 finish at the weekend’s Austrian Open.
Connor Syme  lines up a birdie on the 10th green during the first round of the Austrian Open at Diamond Country Club on July 09, 2020 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)Connor Syme  lines up a birdie on the 10th green during the first round of the Austrian Open at Diamond Country Club on July 09, 2020 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Connor Syme lines up a birdie on the 10th green during the first round of the Austrian Open at Diamond Country Club on July 09, 2020 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Connor, from Drumoig, was in contention across all four days at the Diamond Country Club.

But he admits the bulk of his final 18 holes were frustrating before the late surge which saw him finish T4 on -10.

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Fellow Scot Marc Warren won the event, three shots better off than the Fife 25-year-old.

Summing up his final 18, Connor said: “The end was probably the best part of the round to be honest.

“It was a weird day, nothing really got going at all and kind of felt like I was doing all of the same things, but it wasn’t really going my way.

“Nice to finish strong, though. Looking at the leaderboard, I was down at seven under at one point, which was looking like 17th place so to turn that to a top five in the last four holes is obviously big, so pleased with how I finished.”

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Overall it was another successful outing for Connor at a course he’s beginning to love.

In his maiden season on the European Tour he finished second at the Diamond Country Club as it hosted the Shot Clock Masters.

The event in Austria was the first since the European Tour was forced to take a break due to coronavirus and Connor said it was good to get competitive again.

“It is good to be back playing,” he said.

“I love this course and it was good to get another good result around here.

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“I can take some confidence from it, it has obviously been a long time off, so just recharge and reset now for the British Masters.

“I really didn’t feel like I was doing much wrong.

“The two bogeys I made, right down the pin on both shots, just maybe high on the face of the four-iron maybe, but just how golf goes sometimes. I holed a few putts at the end which was nice, a positive to finish the week at least, and happy with how I kind of kept going than letting my head fall, so it was good to stay positive and finish strong.”

Connor’s final round 72 was the highest of what was a strong four days back on tour.

He opened with a 67 before carding 70 and 69 across Friday and Saturday.

Craig Howie, from Peebles, also finished T4.

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The European Tour remains in Austria for the Euram Bank Open, an event Connor will skip ahead of the tour arriving on these shore for the Betfred British Masters which tees off on July 22.

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