Home favourite Moli­nari claims his­toric 2nd Ital­ian Open win

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Home favuorite Francesco Moli­nari with­stood the pres­sure in a fi­nal-day strug­gle with Danny Wil­lett to claim a sec­ond vic­tory at the Ital­ian Open on Sun­day.

Moli­nari posted a fi­nal round of 65 to reach 22 un­der and be­come the first Ital­ian to win a Euro­pean Tour event twice.

The 2006 win­ner be­gan round four with an ea­gle-birdie and held a four-shot lead with six holes to play but Masters win­ner Wil­lett went birdie-ea­gle on the 13th and 14th to cut the gap to one.

Moli­nari bo­geyed the 13th but birdied the holes ei­ther side and held his nerve to wrap up the win.

Spa­niard Na­cho Elvira and Eng­land’s Chris Pais­ley, who had led af­ter the sec­ond round, shared third at 18 un­der.

Moli­nari and Wil­lett had shared the lead as round three was com­pleted on Sun­day morn­ing, fol­low­ing bad weather in the first two days.

More than half of Dar­ren Clarke’s Europe team, in­clud­ing Wil­lett, was com­pet­ing in Monza ahead of the Ry­der Cup at the end of the month.

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