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2018 Konopiste Open

2018 Konopiste Open

A 1065 average round rating led Eagle McMahon to his first career PDGA Major victory at the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eagle McMahon had always said that once he finally got over the hump and locked down his first significant win that more victories would follow.

But he never thought they would come this quickly.

“I didn’t, no,” the 20-year-old Colorado native said. “Like at Vegas, after I won that tournament there were thoughts in my head like, ‘Sweet, I got the big win. This is gonna be my big win of the year.’ Fast forward to mid-July, and it’s one of four. It’s gone a lot faster than I expected.”

Eighteen-year-old Eveliina Salonen is the first European player to win a PDGA Major since 2010. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eveliina Salonen built a six-shot lead after two rounds of the Konopiště Open. After round three, that cushion was down to three.

She needed every one of those strokes Sunday, as she held off a fierce charge from fellow Finn Henna Blomroos and ended up with her first career PDGA Major title.

Eagle McMahon is on the cusp of his first PDGA Major victory, as he takes a nine-shot lead into the final round of the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Stop the presses! Alert the authorities! Put up the Bat Signal!

Eagle McMahon finally carded a bogey at the Konopiště Open.

Henna Blomroos finished hot to close the gap at the Konopiste Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

The battle of young Finnish stars continued on day three of the Konopiště Open, with the country’s top-rated women’s player taking her turn for the hot round.

"This tournament is far from over." Eagle McMahon has the lead at the midway point of the Konopiště Open, but he knows his competitors have plenty of time to catch up. Photo: Eino Ansio.

If Eagle McMahon was going to have a letdown after setting the Konopiště Open course record on Thursday, it wasn’t going to come on Friday. But the tournament’s defending champion was right there to keep pace.

Eveliina Salonen moved into first place at the Konopiště Open’s halfway mark. Photo: Eino Ansio

After a round one showing in which she carded zero birdies, Finnish phenom Eveliina Salonen made up for lost time during the Konopiště Open’s second round Friday.

Eagle McMahon celebrates after landing a course record-setting putt during round one of the Konopiště Open in Benesov, Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eagle McMahon’s total score over three rounds of the 2017 Konopiště Open was 15-under par.

He only needed one round at the Franz Ferdinand course this year to best that performance.

Catrina Allen's even-par showing has her on top of the leaderboard in the Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

On an 11,000-foot, par 67 course, birdies come at a premium. Case in point: There were a total of 10 shots under par carded by the top 5 Open Women’s players during round one of the Konopiště Open Thursday morning.

Catrina Allen was responsible for 40 percent of that total, and as a result she has taken an early lead at this year’s European Major.

Přemek Novák, left, speaks with Ralph Hüpper ahead of the Konopiště Open. Novák is one of the primary architects of disc golf's rise in the Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

To tell the story of disc golf in the Czech Republic, you first have to do a little globetrotting.