By Paul Myers
Austria is a country with a rich sporting history – but golf is not traditionally one of those sports. There have been a limited number of Austrian golfers to make their way onto the world stage over the years, but Wiesberger is doing just that. Not yet to his 30th birthday, Wiesberger is now the 42nd ranked golfer in the world and he has six career professional titles to his credit.
As an amateur, Wiesberger won nearly every Austrian title imaginable, including the Austrian Amateur Stroke Play Championships three years in a row from ’04-’06. After turning professional in 2006, Wiesberger worked his way through a couple of seasons on the Challenge Tour before he was able to gain membership on the European Tour for the 2009 season. After falling back to the Challenge level in 2010, Wiesberger once again worked his way up the European Tour in 2011 and has been on a steady climb ever since.
Success in Majors
To go along with two titles on the European Tour, Wiesberger also owns two solid finishes in major championships which reflect his immense talent and ability. Those two finishes also happen to be the most recent majors that have been contested – the 2014 PGA Championship, and the 2015 Masters. In the 2014 PGA, Wiesberger finished T15, while he posted a T22 finish at Augusta in 2015. Although his missed the cut in the 2014 U.S. Open, he still managed to make history as the first Austrian to play in that prestigious championship.
A Look at the Numbers
So what do the statistics have to say about the game that Wiesberger takes with him onto the course? The first thing that stands out is his impressive power from the tee. In limited appearances in PGA Tour events this season, he is averaging 296.6 yards per drive. While that wouldn’t make him the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, it certainly demonstrates the fact that he has enough power to contend on any golf course. Even with that power, he is still able to keep his golf ball in play, as he has hit 63.39% of the fairways over twelve rounds.
Hitting greens in regulation is another area of the game where Wiesberger appears to thrive. Out of 288 holes played on the PGA Tour in 2015, he has hit 194 greens – good for a rate of 67.36%. A combination of solid driving and good iron play is something that any professional golfer would love to have in their bag.
Before even turning 30 years old, Bernd Wiesberger has already raised the bar for Austrian golfers. Now that he has firmly established himself among the best players in the world, and has posted some quality finishes in recent major championships, Wiesberger will no doubt be looking to build on his success. With plenty of power from the tee and a reliable iron game, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to the career of Bernd Wiesberger.