Wiesberger wants more on home turf


The Lyoness Open gives Bernd Wiesberger a chance to turn his recent strong form into something more, while a European Tour veteran reaches a special landmark in Austria.

Champion in 2012 at the Diamond Country Club, as well as runner-up to Mikael Lundberg in a play-off two years later, Wiesberger has made the cut in all nine of his Tour outings this year, but a tied-13th finish at the Qatar Masters remains his best finish.

Six of the last eight champions will be in the field in Atzenbrugg, including England's Chris Wood, who beat Rafael Cabrera-Bello by two strokes last year, and competes for the first time since winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.



"I wanted to be fresh for my home event so I had a couple of days off in Vienna," said Wiesberger.

"I used the time to play 18 holes here on Tuesday and had a good look at the course and what it's going to be like. I built that into my practice with my coach last week at home.

"Everybody - from the Swedish guys last week, the English guys at Wentworth - wants to play in front of their home crowds and also in front of family and friends. They will be here this week for me too in good numbers so that motivates you on top of the fact that it's your home event."



Joost Luiten has a strong record at the Diamond Country Club, with third-place finishes in 2011 and 2014 backing up his title win in 2013.

The Dutchman says that the tournament's place on the calendar especially suits him.

He said: "It's quite a chilled tournament and that's always nice, especially after Ireland and Wentworth - they're always tough ones mentally, especially at Wentworth which is such a demanding golf course. 

"It was good that I could take a week off, rest a little and work on my game and be ready for this week and hopefully I can do something like I did in 2013."



Exactly half of the holes at the Diamond Country Club feature water hazards, keeping players on their toes throughout.

Both par-threes on the backward nine - at 11 and 15 - are played to island greens to really set pulses racing.



Veteran Peter Lawrie will make his 400th European Tour appearance on the outskirts of Vienna.

A Tour player for nearly 20 years, Lawrie has just one win to his name - the 2008 Open de Espana - but he remains content.

"Looking back on my career, I feel that I should have won more. I've given myself plenty of opportunities. 

"Of course, I would have liked to have done better, but I can look back on it and say I've been a good golfer, but also a good father and I've tried to mix both."