Golf, Open d’Italia: vince Ross McGowan

The 38-year-old Englishman won at the Chervò Golf Club San Vigilio in Pozzolengo (Brescia) with a total score of 268 (-20). Guido Migliozzi first Italian in twenty-second place (275, -13)

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Until the last lap, the last hole, the last putt. Ross McGowan, 38, 204 races and few satisfactions, won. He did it in his own way, in an ingenious and unruly way at the end of a head-to-head that started from afar with Laurie Canter, both South English. A battle already consummated a year ago, but the Kpmg Trophy (Challenge Tour) title went to another. And today at some point it seemed to end the same way.

After the first nine holes of this sunny Sunday on Lake Garda, the only two players above par were just them, the leaders of the day before, who started tied at -19 and alone on the run for the victory of the 77th Open d ‘ Italy with three shots of the margin. Errors on both sides, constant exchanges of favors. While many came forward behind them, in the end they were always the ones to gamble. McGowan capable of everything from eagle to double bogey; from the provisional ball to the birdie in the same hole, the 16, pocketing from the bunker for a sudden slap to the opponent. On the other hand, all day long he had shown a regular game and nice irons on the green, but the ball never entered. Badly the putt, which instead the winner thanked at the end of each lap.

And once again on the 72nd hole this club paid off. McGowan holes from six meters for -20, Canter misses from three having to postpone his first title (-19). Same result already in the clubhouse for the Belgian veteran Nicolas Colsaerts, author of a good comeback that he hopes until the last in the playoff. Many tried it on the last lap. Sebastian Heisele (from Germany) stopped at -18 and split fifth position with – 17 Finnish Kristoffer Reitan (a great lap in 65), Dean Burmester (South African), Spaniard Adri Arnaus and Martin Kaymer, the German champion found this year, which has come close to the Italian title several times. It is Guido Migliozzi who does better than the seventeen blues who started and you got to the end. Crushes on the accelerator today with seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle, for a final 65 and -13 that brings him to 22nd position. “I enjoyed it today, even though I missed four short putts,” he said.

Nice final lap and nice tournament by Federico Maccario (-12 and 30th position), ready to move up the category with a quality game in all departments: today he showed great skills in attacking the green, with decisive approaches and spectacular shots from the bunker . From Sanremo also the caddy and best friend Lapo, with whom he finds balance and smiles on the pitch. Same score for the Lapo player, Francesco Laporta from Puglia. “A good week with a bad hole, the 15th, where I lost four strokes. Now a flight to Cyprus and then perhaps to South Africa”. In the end, this last-minute Italian Open (awarded 45 days before the race) ended with its head held high. Chervò San Vigilio resorts and holes were liked, they signed the longest players (even if one of the shortest ones won), they presented perfect greens and stood up to attacks. After all, the final -20 aligns with the same score of Hennie Otto (Turin La Mandria 2014), and with that of Bernd Wiesberger (Olgiata 2019).

Leaderboard Round 4

1. 268(-20)Ross McGowan (Ing), 66-64-67-71

2. 269(-19) Laurie Canter (Ing), 6o-68-69-72; Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), 68-67-66-68

4. 270 (-18) Sebastian Heisele (Ger) 68-67-66-69

5. 271(-17) Adri Arnaus (Spa), 65-70-67-69; Dean Burmester (SA), 64-68-68-71; Jonathan Caldwell (N. Irl) 67-68-68-68; Martin Kaymer (Ger) 69-66-68-68; Kristoffer Reitan (Fin) 66-70-70-65


22. 275 (-13) Guido Migliozzi (68-69-73-65)

30. 276(-12) Federico Maccario (70-70-68-68) – Francesco Laporta (68-70-69-69)

55. 281 (-7) Lorenzo Gagli (70-69-72-70)

63. 283(-5) Lorenzo Scalise (67-69-77-70)

65. 284 (-4) Renato Paratore (71-69-74-70)

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Golf, Open d’Italia: vince Ross McGowan