Frenchman Julien Quesne won the European Tour Italian Open at Golf Club Torino in Turin, Italy.
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Julien carded a final round -5 under par 67, to win the 70° Open d’Italia Lindt, with a total score of -12 under par. This is Julien’s second European Tour victory, his previous win came in the Open de Andalucía last year. At the start of the final round Julien was four shots off the lead, but a brilliant back nine of 31 saw him post a clubhouse lead at -12 under par. No one else could match him;
“I am very proud of this back nine. My attitude was very good this week and I think this is the key. To enjoy a second win on The European Tour is like a dream for me. After my double bogey I just kept calm. I was thinking the winner would be 15 under and I was only five under. I thought ‘just keep working and we will see what happens’. Then, when I got to the 16th green I looked up at the leaderboard and realised that I was just two shots off the lead and I knew that I still had a chance. I made a great putt there from five metres to save par and to make two birdies to finish was very special. When I made the birdie on 17 I thought that if I could get to 12 under then I would have the chance at least to get into a play-off. You never know in golf, so I am proud that I kept the attitude the way I did because I always knew that I was never out of the tournament. I am surprised to be here. The flags were very difficult all week so it was very difficult to make birdies and easy to make some bogeys. It was also really special to have my family with me, they make me stronger when they are with me and it is an amazing feeling to be able to celebrate here with them. I have had a great season this year, it has been a very consistent season with six top tens before this week and now it has become an amazing season. I can now play so many of the biggest events at the end of the year and try to finish as high as I can on The Race to Dubai.”
Second place was shared by David Higgins and Steve Webster, both players finishing at -11 under par for the tournament, just one shot off the lead. David needs to end the season inside the top 110 on The Race to Dubai, to avoid his 14th visit to Qualifying School, he is now sitting 111;
“I was very lucky on the last, I hit an awful tee shot but got a good lie in the fairway bunker, you still have to play the shot and I did and got the putt so I was delighted. I thought ‘How many chances am I going to get of maybe tying for the lead?’ so I said ‘come on, you’ve got to at least give it a good run and be positive with it’, and it went right in the middle. I had good practice rounds at the start of the week and I am proud of myself for taking that into the competition itself. I haven’t had a finish like this in 17 years so I am delighted. I can do it and I just have to do it more often I guess.”
Steve was happy with his result, he has been struggling all season with injury, and hopes this is a turning point in his season;
” It’s the first time I have played for four months without pulling out of a shot or feeling 70 per cent so hopefully this is a big turning point for me now.”
Home town favorite and Golf Club Torino member Francesco Molinari briefly threatened an Italian fairytale victory when he recovered from two early bogeys by holing a bunker shot on the eighth and then making a birdie on the ninth, but the Ryder Cup star stumbled home in 39 to finish -7 under par, tied 16th. Marcus Fraser had a poor final round, +2 over par 74, finishing tied in 8th place.