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Italian Open 2017

Round 4 - Tyrrell Hatton wins again

October 14, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his second European Tour victory in two weeks.

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Last week, Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the storied Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Now the Englishman is up to fifth in the Race to Dubai rankings.

It looked like Hatton was heading for a three-man playoff before he rolled his final putt into the bottom of the cup and unleashed a series of fist pumps to celebrate the Rolex Series victory.

''I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my hands were shaking and my knees were shaking,'' Hatton said.

A day after celebrating his 26th birthday, Hatton birdied five of the last seven holes for a bogey-free 65 to finish at 21 under.

''It was a battle with myself today,'' said Hatton, who had a slow front nine. ''But my caddie kept saying it would come in the end and it did. ... I got a hot streak with the putter, which helps a lot.''

Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tied for second, one stroke behind, while third-round leader Matt Wallace finished fourth at 19 under.

Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari finished in a tie for sixth.

Hatton took home a first-place check of around $1.1 million, the biggest prize in an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Crowds were large throughout the week at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

Round 3 - Matt Wallace pulls two ahead

October 14, 2017

Matt Wallace held a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Italian Open on Saturday as the Englishman seeks a wire-to-wire victory.

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Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari stood two strokes back along with Tyrrell Hatton, last week's winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Wallace sunk five birdies and had only one bogey before pulling off a difficult par save after driving into the trees at the 18th to stay at 17 under.

''That was the only bad drive I hit this week,'' Wallace said. ''I got it out onto the fairway and that's where I knuckled down and really showed what this game means to me.''

Wallace claimed his first European Tour title at the Open de Portugal in May. Now he's seeking his first Rolex Series victory this weekend, in a tournament that features an increased purse of $7 million as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Molinari, meanwhile, is enjoying large crowd support with no entrance fees at the Golf Club Milano next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

''I need to do my own thing and stay patient,'' Molinari said of the fans. ''Obviously they want me to do well and they want me to birdie every hole, which I have to realize is not a realistic goal. But it's great to have their enthusiastic support.''

George Coetzee of South Africa was tied for fourth with Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand after producing two eagles.

Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood climbed up the leaderboard with a 63 to get into a tie for sixth, four strokes back.

Round 2 - Marcus Fraser & Matt Wallace share lead

October 13, 2017

Australia's Marcus Fraser carded the lowest round of his European Tour career to take a share of the lead at the midway point of the Italian Open on Friday.

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Fraser produced nine birdies - including five consecutive in the middle of his round - and no bogeys for a second-round 62 that took him to 13-under.

''To come and do that today, I'm pretty proud of myself and it's quite reassuring that I still can play golf,'' said Fraser, a three-time European Tour winner ranked a dismal 136th in the Race to Dubai.

''I felt like I've putted well and scrambled well this week,'' Fraser added. ''Today I took it to a new level with the putter.''

Open de Portugal winner Matt Wallace was also at 13-under following a bogey-free 65.

''I just played good golf out there today and it's perfect weather for us to shoot low,'' Wallace said.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jamie Donaldson are each two strokes behind, while defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari was one stroke further back in fifth.

Donaldson had the shot of the day when he used his driver off the fairway on the ninth, his final hole, and hit to within 18 inches from 291 yards.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia and last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner Tyrrell Hatton were among five players tied for sixth four strokes back.

Having entered the Rolex Series, the tournament features an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn was among those set to miss the projected cut of 2-under, a fate shared by the elder Molinari brother, Edoardo, Martin Kaymer, Oliver Fisher, Padraig Harrington and Danny Willett.

Round 1 - Six share first round lead

October 13, 2017

Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari was among six players who shared a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Italian Open.

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Jamie Donaldson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Alexander Bjork also shot 7-under 64s Thursday at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

George Coetzee and An Byeong-hun were both one stroke back in the Rolex Series event, which has an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia stood in a group two strokes behind the leaders, while playing partner and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm was among those three shots behind.

Tommy Fleetwood, who leads the Race to Dubai ahead of Garcia and Rahm, had some ground to make up after a par 71.

Molinari chipped in for birdie at No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, and finished with nine birdies and two bogeys.

''I started pretty much where I left off last year,'' Molinari said.

With no ticket fees, Molinari had a lot of fan support.

''It's great to see the crowds,'' he said. ''I think there's a nice buzz around the place and I'm happy and proud to be part of it.''

Thailand's Aphibarnrat led for most of the morning after sinking four birdies in his first eight holes before saving par at the 18th.

''This course really suits my game - small greens, quite a narrow golf course - and my driver and putter are working so well,'' Aphibarnat said.

Scores

1 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -21 - 69 64 65 65 263
T2 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -20 - 64 67 68 65 264
T2 ENG Ross Fisher -20 - 68 66 67 63 264
4 ENG Matt Wallace -19 - 64 65 67 69 265
5 AUS Marcus Fraser -18 - 67 62 72 65 266
T6 ENG David Horsey -17 - 70 64 69 64 267
T6 ITA Francesco Molinari -17 - 64 68 66 69 267
T6 RSA George Coetzee -17 - 65 69 65 68 267
T6 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -17 - 71 66 63 67 267
T10 ENG Eddie Pepperell -16 - 64 69 69 66 268
T10 SCO Marc Warren -16 - 66 69 67 66 268
T10 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera -16 - 68 67 67 66 268
T10 ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez -16 - 70 67 66 65 268
T10 ITA Nino Bertasio -16 - 68 67 69 64 268
T15 ESP Alejandro Canizares -15 - 66 70 65 68 269
T15 FRA Benjamin Hebert -15 - 70 68 67 64 269
T15 ESP Jon Rahm -15 - 67 68 69 65 269
T15 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -15 - 68 69 64 68 269
T15 GER Maximilian Kieffer -15 - 68 66 66 69 269
T15 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -15 - 68 68 67 66 269
T21 CAN Austin Connelly -14 - 68 65 72 65 270
T21 KOR Byeong-Hun An -14 - 65 69 66 70 270
T21 FRA Gregory Havret -14 - 66 69 70 65 270
T21 KOR Jeung-Hun Wang -14 - 68 67 68 67 270
T21 ENG Jordan Smith -14 - 70 67 70 63 270
T26 FRA Alexander Levy -13 - 68 69 66 68 271
T26 SCO David Drysdale -13 - 67 70 68 66 271
T26 WAL Jamie Donaldson -13 - 64 67 71 69 271
T26 IRL Paul Dunne -13 - 67 69 66 69 271
T30 FRA Gregory Bourdy -12 - 68 69 70 65 272
T30 ESP Sergio Garcia -12 - 66 67 70 69 272
T32 RSA Darren Fichardt -11 - 67 67 70 69 273
T32 CHI Felipe Aguilar -11 - 68 69 65 71 273
T32 NED Joost Luiten -11 - 68 68 68 69 273
T32 RSA Richard Sterne -11 - 70 66 68 69 273
T32 SWE Robert Karlsson -11 - 70 67 69 67 273
T32 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -11 - 69 69 69 66 273
T38 SWE Alexander Noren -10 - 66 70 66 72 274
T38 GER Florian Fritsch -10 - 67 67 69 71 274
T40 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -9 - 64 69 69 73 275
T40 ESP Nacho Elvira -9 - 70 68 70 67 275
T40 SWE Joakim Lagergren -9 - 69 67 69 70 275
T40 ESP Jorge Campillo -9 - 67 69 71 68 275
T40 SCO Richie Ramsay -9 - 67 68 69 71 275
T45 ESP Adrian Otaegui -8 - 70 67 71 68 276
T45 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -8 - 69 67 71 69 276
T45 AUS Brett Rumford -8 - 71 65 69 71 276
T45 ENG Daniel Brooks -8 - 67 68 73 68 276
T45 ITA Enrico Di Nitto -8 - 69 69 72 66 276
T50 ITA Andrea Pavan -7 - 66 71 70 70 277
T50 ENG Chris Hanson -7 - 68 70 71 68 277
T50 FRA Julien Quesne -7 - 68 70 69 70 277
T50 ENG Luke Donald -7 - 69 67 70 71 277
T50 ENG Richard Bland -7 - 72 65 71 69 277
T50 KOR Soo-Min Lee -7 - 71 67 73 66 277
T56 SWE Johan Carlsson -6 - 70 68 71 69 278
T56 POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia -6 - 67 71 74 66 278
T58 ENG Chris Paisley -5 - 66 69 71 73 279
T58 ENG David Howell -5 - 67 71 73 68 279
T58 RSA Dean Burmester -5 - 70 68 71 70 279
T58 ENG Lee Westwood -5 - 69 69 72 69 279
T58 ITA Lorenzo Scalise -5 - 69 69 69 72 279
T63 FRA Matthieu Pavon -4 - 66 72 77 65 280
T63 AUS Wade Ormsby -4 - 69 69 72 70 280
65 NIR Graeme McDowell -3 - 69 69 72 71 281
66 AUS Sam Brazel 3 - 67 71 79 70 287
CUT DEN Anders Hansen -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ARG Andres Romero -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ENG Andrew Johnston -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT CHI Ashun Wu -3 - 72 67 - - 139
CUT RSA Brandon Stone -3 - 67 72 - - 139
CUT USA Daniel Im -3 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ENG Lee Slattery -3 - 68 71 - - 139
CUT GER Marcel Siem -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT AUS Nathan Holman -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ENG Robert Rock -3 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT FRA Romain Wattel -3 - 71 68 - - 139
CUT ITA Stefano Mazzoli -3 - 67 72 - - 139
CUT RSA Thomas Aiken -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT DEN Thomas Bjorn -3 - 73 66 - - 139
CUT BEL Thomas Detry -3 - 71 68 - - 139
CUT ENG Andy Sullivan -2 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT ESP Carlos Pigem -2 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari -2 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT ESP Eduardo De La Riva -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT USA Julian Suri -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT GER Martin Kaymer -2 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT SWE Peter Hanson -2 - 73 67 - - 140
CUT ITA Renato Paratore -2 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT IRL Shane Lowry -2 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT SCO Stephen Gallacher -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge -1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Callum Shinkwin -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT RSA Dylan Frittelli -1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT ITA Luca Cianchetti -1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT SWE Magnus A. Carlsson -1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ESP Pablo Larrazabal -1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT USA Paul Peterson -1 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT PAR Fabrizio Zanotti Par - 74 68 - - 142
CUT JPN Hideto Tanihara Par - 72 70 - - 142
CUT RSA Justin Walters Par - 70 72 - - 142
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero Par - 71 71 - - 142
CUT FIN Mikko Ilonen Par - 72 70 - - 142
CUT FIN Mikko Korhonen Par - 71 71 - - 142
CUT IRL Padraig Harrington Par - 73 69 - - 142
CUT THA Panuphol Pittayarat Par - 70 72 - - 142
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT ENG Paul Waring 1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 1 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT NZL Ryan Fox 1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT ITA Alessandro Tadini 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ENG Danny Willett 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT SWE David Lingmerth 2 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT FRA Gary Stal 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ENG James Morrison 2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 2 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 3 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT AUS Andrew Dodt 3 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT ENG Graeme Storm 3 - 75 70 - - 145
CUT THA Thongchai Jaidee 3 - 72 73 - - 145
CUT ITA Federico Maccario 4 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT RSA Jaco Van Zyl 4 - 70 76 - - 146
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 4 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT ESP Jose Maria Olazabal 7 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT ITA Nicolo Ravano 10 - 77 75 - - 152
RET FRA Victor Dubuisson Par - 72 - - - 72

 





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