Bernd Wiesberger Profile
|Born||Oct 08, 1985|
Bernd Wiesberger is a successful European Tour performer who is waiting to transfer his talent to the world stage.
Wiesberger is an Austrian golfer who has won eight times on the European Tour and in 2021 claimed automatic qualification for the European Ryder Cup team.
He first retained his European Tour card in 2011 and enjoyed a breakthrough the following year when he claimed two titles.
He added another three worldwide wins over the next six seasons before enjoying huge success in 2019, winning a trio of titles, two of them lucrative Rolex Series events - the Scottish and Italian Opens.
He added an eighth European Tour win in 2021, which helped confirm his Ryder Cup debut.
A frustration, however, is his inability to maintain his standards in the Major Championships.
Wiesberger was a strong performer at home in Austria as an amateur, and he also represented his nation at the Eisenhower Trophy, but he didn't make any waves in international contests.
He played on the Challenge Tour in 2007 and 2008 without any great success before earning a European Tour card at the 2009 Qualifying School.
However, he struggled with his first experience of the top level and fell back to the second tier.
At this point he turned a corner.
He won the Allianz Open de Lyon and Allianz Open de Grand Toulouse on his way to finishing fifth in the Challenge Tour rankings, thus graduating to the 2011 European Tour.
Four top 10 finishes in that campaign, one of them play-off defeat in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, helped him retain his card and he would take full advantage in 2012.
First wins and injury
He won the 2012 Ballantine's Championship by five strokes in April and three months later added a three shot triumph on home soil in the Lyoness Open.
"The best day of my life so far," he said after the second win.
Thereafter he became one of the most consistent performers on the European stage. He finished 22nd in the Race to Dubai and would rank top 40 every year until 2017.
In that time he added victories in the 2015 Open de France and 2017 Shenzhen International. He also suffered more play-off misery in the 2014 Lyoness Open and 2015 Irish Open.
There was also an added bonus in the shape of victory at the 2013 Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour.
In 2018, however, wrist injury intervened. It first marred his form and then forced surgery and recuperation. Even on return in later 2018 he struggled to perform to previous levels.
Big year and Ryder Cup dreams
When the damn broke it did so in spectacular style.
He carded a final round 66 to claim the Made in Himmerland in May 2019, defeated Benjamin Hebert in a play-off to win the Scottish Open in July, and added the Italian Open late in the season.
He was suddenly first in the Race to Dubai, but he was unable to hold onto the top spot and eventually finished third in the rankings.
From July 2020 to the BMW PGA Championship in September 2021 he played four rounds of golf in 29 of 33 strokeplay events, retaining the Made in Denmark (there was no event in 2020) and logging another six top 10s.
It vaulted him into the automatic qualification places for the 2021 European Ryder Cup team.
Elite level difficulties
Despite his success in Europe and Asia, Wiesberger has had difficulty at the top level.
He was one shot off the lead of Rory McIlroy in the 2014 PGA Championship with 18 holes to play - and did play with the leader in the final round - but he ended the week T15th.
As of the 2021 Majors that result remains his best effort from 28 starts in the events that define a career.
He also has just one top 10 in 21 World Golf Championship appearances.
Wiesberger's parents Klaus and Claudia run a sports good store - he has a brother called Nikki.
He is in a relationship with Claudia Steinmann.
Exactnetworth report that Wiesberger is worth $8million.