Simon Forstrom, a Swedish golfer, has won his first DP WorldTour title, defeating his compatriot Jens Dunthorp by a single stroke in Antwerp. Forstrom expressed his fondness for Belgian courses, stating that he felt relaxed during the competition. The tournament was held on Sunday, May 14th, 2023, in the United Kingdom, with Forstrom winning the Soudal Open.
Forstrom started strong with two birdies on the front nine, extending his lead to three strokes on the turn. However, midway through the back nine, he double-bogeyed the 10th and bogeyed the 12th, losing his lead to Duntorp. Duntorp continued to lead until Forstrom rallied with gains on the 14th, 16th, and 17th holes. Ultimately, Forstrom’s birdie chance on the final fairway secured his win by one stroke over Duntorp.
Forstrom, who earned his DP WorldTour card in November with a two-stroke victory at the Qualifying School, also won in Belgium in 2016 on the Challenge Tour. The golfer feels at home on Belgian courses, stating that the tight and short course structure suits his style. English golfer Matthew Southgate finished tied for fourth at 13 under par.
In conclusion, Forstrom’s first DP WorldTour win was hard-fought, with tense moments on the back nine as he battled for the lead against Duntorp. However, his solid performance during the rest of the tournament secured his victory by a single stroke.