Marco Crespi collects his first European Tour title at the NH Collection Open in Spain.
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Italian Marco came through Qualifying School at the 11th attempt in November to earn a first season on The European Tour, and has now won his first tour title here at the NH Collection Open. His final round of -3 under par 69 gave him a tournament total of -10 under par, and a two shot advantage over his nearest rival at La Reserva de Sotogrande Culb de Golf.
He said he had played well, with putting being the key, and obviously was very happy;
” This is my 11th year as a professional and my first on the European Tour. I have been waiting a long time for this moment.”
“I started very well today, I birdied the first and that gave me the confidence to go low. I just had to manage my pressure on the back nine. I lost a couple of shots on 12 and 13. On 12 I hit a very bad eight iron to the green, my only bad shot of the day.”
” On 13 I had a very long iron, a three iron, and it wasn’t a really bad shot. But then I birdied the next, I really like the 14th because I birdied it every day. I played very good and I am very happy.”
“Putting has been the key this week, the greens were perfect, I felt very confident and the ball rolled beautifully. I have been waiting a long time for this moment and I would like to dedicate my win to my wife Elena and to Carlotta, our two-year old daughter.”
Two players tied in second place at -8 under par, they were: Jordi Garcia Pinto and Richie Ramsay. Jordi lept up the leaderboard with a last round -6 under par 66, while Richie carded a -4 under par 68 to get to his total.
Jordi said hard work and dedication had helped him become a better golfer
“I have been working hard all winter. I spend eight hours on the golf course, working on all aspects of the game and the results are starting to show. I came without expectations and things have turned out nicely; 66 is a great score to finish the tournament but we have a long season ahead. I learned that last year when I won in Kenya, I must go on working and trying to score consistently week after week.”
Tied in fourth place at -7 under par were Matthew Nixon and Felipe Aguilar, they had been in contention all week but just did not play well in the final round. Felipe with a -1 under par last round effort and Matthew with +1 over par.