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2019 European Open

2019 European Open

The champagne was flowing as the European Open came to a close Sunday evening in Nokia, Finland. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti

Petomoodi was activated, and Pierce played it all square as the sun set on the European Open. Steve Hill brings the final episode of Chain Reaction from Nokia, with storylines on bulletin board material, USDGC bids, and reactions on how a memorable Sunday unfolded at The Beast!

Driven by bulletin board material, Paul McBeth overcame a five-shot deficit for his fifth straight European Open title. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti 

Paige Pierce soared to her second career European Open title this weekend in Nokia, Finland. Photo: Tomi Mäkipää

NOKIA, Finland—After a perfect drive on hole 4 Sunday at The Beast, Paige Pierce found herself in difficulty: She followed up by yanking her upshot a little right, then bumped a tree and fell into circle 2 on a dangerously sloping green. Despite having a lead in the double digits, she stared down her line with intensity and then launched her putter with a slight anhyzer around a tree into the heart of the chains.

Pierce’s caddie, Tina Oakley, shook her head incredulously and smiled. “She didn’t even need that,” Oakley said. “She just wanted it.”

The famous Finnish gallery was out in force Saturday at the European Open. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti

After a hot round Saturday at the European Open, Eagle McMahon is ready to sink his talons into The Beast during Sunday's final. And is it a done deal in the Open Women's division? Steve Hill brings the latest from Finland with another episode of Chain Reaction, including soundbites from McMahon, Ricky Wysocki, Paul McBeth, Albert Tamm, and Paige Pierce.

Eagle McMahon worked for his score but ended up with a 10-under par hot round Saturday at the European Open. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti

NOKIA, Finland—After carding two birdies to start his round, Eagle McMahon sat on a bench just behind hole 3’s tee box here at Nokia DiscGolfPark Saturday afternoon and gazed out at the ribbons of people lining either side of the fairway. Then, breaking away from the steely concentration required to perform in front of that gallery, he took out his phone to capture the scene, in awe of the moment.

After three rounds, Paige Pierce has a commanding lead at the European Open. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti

NOKIA, Finland—There was a moment in round three of the European Open on the Open Women’s lead card that seemed emblematic of the fates of all Paige Pierce’s competitors at the PDGA Major. Finn Henna Blomroos had laid up to just a few meters from the basket for an easy par on the 94-meter, (308-foot) par-3 6th. Her putt hit so perfectly, the gallery was already clapping. 

The enthusiastic crowds are on everyone's mind at the European Open. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti

Comfort zones, consistency, and crushed shots are on the agenda for this episode of Chain Reaction, as Steve Hill delivers player news and interviews from round 2 of the 2019 European Open. Featuring soundbites from Ricky Wysocki, Paul McBeth, Paige Pierce, and more.

Ricky Wysocki notched seven straight birdies en route to the top of the European Open leaderboard Friday afternoon in Nokia, Finland. Photo: Jari Mäki-Kuutti

NOKIA, Finland—Ricky Wysocki had just finished tallying his score after another day of 11-under par golf here at The Beast, ready to be shepherded away for media obligations as a throng of eager spectators gathered around players in search of signatures and selfies. A shirtless fan was first in line and offered up a translucent teal disc for the two-time PDGA World Champion to adorn with his signature.

“I love you, Ricky,” the man said with a hurried Finnish accent. “Go win this [thing].”

Paige Pierce (right) assesses her lie during round two of the European Open. Photo: Tomi Mäkipää

NOKIA, Finland—Holes 4 and 5 of The Beast hit Texan Paige Pierce hard during round two of the European Open. On 4, a wooded, 155-meter par-4, her driving putter wedged in a tree in the shape of a taco. From there, the hole snowballed to a double bogey. She then three-putted on 5, causing a drive into circle 1 to quickly devolve from birdie to bogey.

Day one of the European Open saw plenty of crowd-pleasing moments. Photo: Eino Ansio | Spin 18

Among a sea of strong stateside competitors, it was a young, relatively unknown Finnish player who made the biggest impact during round one of the European Open. Plus, it was no sleep til Finland for Paige Pierce.

Steve Hill breaks down all the action from the first day of this PDGA Major with a new episode of Chain Reaction!

Twenty-year-old Finnish pro Jesse Nieminen nearly bagged a course record and walked away with a one-shot advantage Thursday at the European Open in Nokia, Finland. Photo: Tomi Mäkipää

NOKIA, Finland—Through 16 holes of Thursday’s opening round of the European Open, 20-year-old Finnish pro Jesse Nieminen wasn’t just taming the course known as The Beast; he was slaying it, taking a bogey-free 14-under par into Nokia DiscGolfPark’s daunting final two holes. Run that gauntlet successfully, and he could etch his name into the history books with a course record at these hallowed grounds.

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Paige Pierce drove her way to the top of the leaderboard Thursday at the European Open. Photo: Tomi Mäkipää

NOKIA, Finland—Though she’s now leading the Open Women’s division after round one of the storied European Open, on Wednesday Paige Pierce was just happy to make it here for her Presidents Cup tee time.

An eager gallery looks on during the 2017 European Open. The event is renowned for not only the quantity, but also the quality of its spectators. Photo: Eino Ansio | Spin 18

NOKIA, Finland – This Scandinavian outpost replete with coffee, efficiency, and three months of seemingly endless daylight has evolved into one of disc golf’s most vital hotbeds, a nation where connecting plastic to metal is becoming as ubiquitous as the ice hockey rinks that serve as the backdrop to tournament central at this week’s European Open.