Italian Open Has An Italian Winner, Francesco Molinari.


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Francesco Molinari won the Italian Open, making history by becoming the first Italian to win his national Open twice.

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Frankie shot a final round -6 under par 65 at Golf Club Milano, to win the Italian Open with a -22 under par total;

“It’s been a roller-coaster, it’s amazing to see this amount of people out here supporting me.”

“I had the ideal start, I couldn’t start any better.”

“When I birdied 12 I got four shots clear and thought maybe I could relax a bit and I got punished straight away.”

“Coming in I had nothing left, I was just playing with my soul.”

“I was hitting horrible shots but somehow I managed to bring it in.”

Chasing Frankie all the way was Major winner and Ryder Cup man, from England, Danny Willett, he came second just one shot adrift at -21 under par, following his last round -5 under 66;

“It was good, it’s obviously disappointing to lose by one but Frankie came flying out the blocks and made it very difficult for me to catch him.”

“I managed to make it really interesting with the birdie on 13 and the eagle on 14 and at that point I thought I had a chance.”

“But I hit a couple of loose shots on the way in, and fair play to Frankie because he played some great golf under unbelievable pressure.”

“I’ve shot a 66 on the final day and finished on 21 under, so I can’t be too hard on myself because there’s not much more I could’ve done.”

“Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit you got beat by the better player on the day.”

“If you finish a golf tournament 21 under par and you lose, I don’t think you can be too disheartened about it.”

“Against Frankie in Italy is tough, I’m sure it’s going to be 100 times worse when we get to the Ryder Cup in America, but it’s been a little bit of a taster.”

“It’s been good to play under that pressure and be under the gun and be in contention.”

Sharing third place at -18 under par were Elvira Nacho, from Spain, -6 under 65 today, and Chris Paisley from England who had a -3 under par 68 last round.

Italian Open. Alex Levy Leads.

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Italian Open after the completion of 36 holes at very wet Golf Club Milano. The third round is now suspended due to darkness and weather delays.

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Alex carded -7 under through 14 holes of the third round, before play was suspended due to darkness, to post -14 under par at  the  top of the Italian Open, leaderboard;

“It’s not finished but I started well, it was really good to play like that today.”

“I played well the first two days but I started really strongly today.”

“A good start, nice eagle on the first, nice birdie on the second and I kept going like that all day really. I’m really happy with the way I’ve played golf the last three weeks.”

“I was injured for three or four months and to come back like that is really nice.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but it’s just nice to be playing some really good golf again.”

Second place is shared by four players, all at -13 under par.

Local favorite  Francesco Molinari, -4 under in ten third round holes. Chris Paisley, even par through 9, Chris Hanson, -2 under through 9, and Danny Willett, -1 under after 8 holes.

It is all to play for tomorrow, should be an exciting finish to this wet and soggy competition.


Italian Open. Rikard Karlberg Leads Lightning Delayed Tournament.

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Defending champion Rikard Karlberg leads in the lightning delayed Italian Open tournament in Milan.

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Rikard carded a first round -7 under par 64 in the lightning delayed Italian Open, where almost five hours of play was lost due to torrential rain and the threat of lightning at Golf Club Milano.

Rikard finished his day with an Eagle at his last hole, the par five 9th;

“That’s as good as it gets. It was great round.”

“I felt at a few tournaments there have been too many bogeys, I haven’t been able to save par to get the round going and today I did that and in the end we shot seven under.”

“I’m very happy with that.”

“You know when you get chances here and you have to keep it a bit cool and try to hit greens.”

“I kept my cool even though it was a longer day. Standing over the last shot into green on the ninth I just told myself, ‘I’m so tired but it’s just one more shot’. Pleased to execute as good as I did.”

“It’s not a proper flow but we can sleep in tomorrow and play with the kids a bit and enjoy some time with the family before arriving here. It shouldn’t be any problem.”

Local favorite  Francesco Molinari is in hot pursuit, he holds second place at -6 under par following his opening effort of -6 under par 65.

Tied in third spot are Robert Karlsson and Adrian Otaegui, who went round  bogey-free for -5 under 66.

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Wins.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, wins the French Open at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Jubilant Thongchai easily won his 8th European Tour title, the French Open, carding a final round -3 under par 68 for a -11 under par total and a four shot winning margin.

Thongchai spoke about perfection this week, including good putting;

“I think this is the biggest tournament in my life. This golf course is fantastic for me, I’m really happy with that. Absolutely perfect.”

“I’m very happy to have my family here this week together and also really happy to win the tournament here.”

“I know the golf course is fantastic. I’ve been here many, many years and I think especially this week, it’s a special week for me to win the tournament out here.”

“Sometimes you need one perfect week. You can’t do well every week. This week is my perfect week because I didn’t miss much.”

“Anything I missed, I found I could lay up and make a good shot and make par and that’s it.”

“It’s my biggest win ever, I played great this week, no complaints at all.”

“I had Rory two shots behind me but I tried to play my own game, hit a lot of fairways and greens and I knew this week I was putting well.”

Francesco Molinari, from Italy claimed second place at -7 under par, his last round -5 under par 66 was the low round of the day, and it took him up the leaderboard.

World number four Rory McIlroy could do nothing in the final round, signing for an even par 71 leaving in him third position at -6 under par, and five shots off the pace of Thongchai.

BMW PGA Championship. It’s a Tie at the Top.

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It’s a tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at the Wentworth Club.

Byeong-hun An birdied the 18th hole to catch Francesco Molinari at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par.

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Francesco is looking for a wire to wire win at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but Byeong-hun is seeking his first European Tour victory, and is making a real fight of it, carding a -5 under par 67 third round to Francesco’s -4 under 68.

Francesco spoke about Tommy Fleetwood holing out with a seven iron from 198 yards on the par four 4th hole on Wentworth’s West Course for just the third albatross in the history of this tournament, and putting some pressure on the guys at the top;

“There were a few guys flying at the start with the albatross and other stuff you don’t want to see when you’re leading a tournament.”

“I stayed calm and overall it was a good day.”

“Every tournament is different but to win here would be pretty much at the same level I would say as the WGC events.”

“I think it’s one of these tournaments that it’s just a little step underneath the Majors but definitely one that you want to have on your resume in your career.”

South Korean rookie Byeong is playing very well in his first season, having already recorded three top-ten finishes in an impressive start to his professional career.

“I was really consistent all day, I hit it well and then missed a couple of shots, which is possible on this course, but overall I played great today.”

Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand is in third position at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace, he signed a card for a third round -4 under par 68.

Tommy Fleetwood, apart from his Albatross, scored an Eagle on the par five 12th, to get to -11 under par for the tournament, and 4th place with a third round -7 under par 65;

“That was about as good as you can play a hole of golf.”

“Perfect drive, 198 yards to the pin. I was thinking one club less but went with a normal seven iron and it pitched seven or eight feet right of the pin and span in.”

“Wobbly [his caddie Phil Morbey] was pretty excited because it was his choice of club, not mine.”

“You have to try and calm down after that, and I fired a five iron miles over the green on the fifth with a little bit of adrenalin.”

“The last seven or eight months I’ve had a lot of top fives and a lot of top threes. I’ve come close and people have just played better than me.”

There’s not much I could have done about it. It’s just such a fine line between winning and finishing second and third. You want to be remembered for winning and it would be great to win this week.”

Miguel Angel Jiménez sits in fifth spot, thanks to another hole in one, last week it was at the Spanish Open, which won him 288 bottles of beer, this one set a new European Tour record;

“It’s very prolific this year, the last few months.”

“You get the right distance, the right club, hit a good shot and that’s the ingredients you need to make a hole-in-one. It’s nice to have the record.”





BMW PGA Championship. Francesco Stands Firm.

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Francesco Molinari stands firm at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard at Wentworth Club.

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Francesco had to recover from a poor start, with two bogey’s in the first three holes, and was delighted to finally card a second round -3 under par 69, to remain at the top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -10 under par total;

“The start is really tricky the first three holes. I think I played them okay.”

“My chipping wasn’t good enough on the first and on the third to save par. I managed to steady the ship and made a few birdies coming in at the end, so a good day.”

“Obviously I’m delighted to have gone a little bit further under par from yesterday and just need to keep doing the same.”

“I know how hard I’ve been working the last few months, so it’s nice to see that it’s paying off on the course.”

In second place on his own is South Korean Byeong Hun An who returned a marvelous card of -8 under par 64 in the second round, to reach a -9 under par total.

Tied in third position at -8 under par are Emiliano Grillo and Jaidee Thongchai, the Argentine and Thai players making it a very international top of the leaderboard.

Emiliano Eagled the two par fives on the back nine, the 486 yard 12th and 539 yard 18th, and was enjoying his day;

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“I am enjoying the moment and playing well and being in contention is what I need.”

“If I keep knocking someone is going to open the door.”

“I’ve been looking for a win since I turned pro and it’s going to come soon. There’s a lot going on when you are in contention and you have to be prepared.”

“Playing well definitely pushes the confidence up and it’s nice to be on the leaderboard every week. This is a big week, the Flagship Event of The European Tour and it would be great to win.”

Best placed Englishman is James Morrison, who last week won the Spanish Open. James returned a second round score of -6 under par 66, which gave him a tournament total of -7 under par, and fifth place. James lives just 20 minutes from Wentworth Club, but discovered on Thursday evening that staying at home is not always an advantage, due to a power cut;

“I thought we had been burgled at first, I couldn’t even charge my phone and a cold shower this morning at 5:30 was no fun.”

World number one, and defending champion, Rory McIlroy carded a second round +6 over par 78, and missed the cut here at Wentworth, with a +5 over par 36 hole total.

He was in a hurry to leave the course, to get to Heathrow Airport;

“Flight to catch.”

“I’m not angry, a little disappointed I’m not going to be here for the weekend. I’m not going to read too much into it. It was inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to a bit of an end.”

“I’m sort of back to my usual at Wentworth. It wasn’t great before I won last year and it hasn’t been great after.”

“If anything good comes out of this, it’s just that I get a little bit of a rest over the next couple of days, and feel a bit fresher for what’s going to be a really big week for me next week.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Francesco Leads.

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Francesco Molinari leads the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

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Francesco opened the BMW PGA Championship with a blistering -7 under par 65, hitting 17 out of the 18 greens in regulation, to lead by two shots on the first day at Wentworth.

“I think I missed one green on the third and chipped up to two feet, so it was as stress-free as it could be round here.”

“I love this place and it’s good to be back. It rewards accuracy, which suits my game.”

“I missed the Masters this year after 22 Majors in a row and it was not a nice feeling, so I hope I will be back soon.”

In second place is Robert Karlsson, with his first round -5 under par 67. Robert has some happy memories of Wentworth, shooting a course-record 62 in the third round in 2010, after having to hire a private jet to get back to London on Saturday morning, because he had flown home to Monaco the day before thinking he had missed the cut.

Third position is shared between five players; Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood, Y.E. Yang, Marc Warren and the oldest man in the field Miguel Angel Jiménez.

Chris has played just six events this season after spending five months on the sidelines with a broken bone in his wrist following a fall;

“It’s a long way for me to fall and it hurt.”

“It was misdiagnosed as bone bruising for a month and then I was in a cast for two months at home.”

“It was a nightmare because I fell out of the top 60 on The Race to Dubai and plummeted down the world rankings.”

It’s been a struggle and feels like I have been working hard to finish 30th every week. I did finish third in Morocco but I think it was always going to be a bit of a battle after five months.”

Big highlight of the day was Andrew Johnson carding an Ace at the 184 yard par three 8th hole, which won him the sponsors prize of a brand new BMW M4;

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“It took one bounce and hit the flag and went straight in. It just happened so quick, so I didn’t really know what to do.”

 “I just saw him. He looked and I was like, ‘All right, now is the time to go’.”

World Number One Rory McIlroy, last weeks winner at Quail Hollow had a quiet first round -1 under par 71, but was mentally a little angry;

“Physically I am all right, I got back to my hotel at 4:30pm (on Wednesday) and did not leave it until 6:30 this morning, but mentally I could feel myself getting a little angry out there.”

“Acceptance of bad shots is the thing I have been doing so well and I feel like my patience was wearing a bit thin today.”

“I just need to stay in control of my emotions because I feel like that’s one of the things, if I’m a little tired or a little fatigued mentally, I’ll start to be hard on myself and start to get down on myself.”

“I played okay. There weren’t really any aspects of my game I thought were really good, but at the same time I don’t feel any aspect of my game was really off.”

One thing for Rory to think about is that no one has won here from being more than four shots off the lead after the opening round, he is six shots back.