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Italian Open 2016

Round 4 - Francesco Molinari wins for second time

September 19, 2016

Local favorite Francesco Molinari beat England's Danny Willett by one shot on Sunday to become the first Italian to win his national Open twice since it became part of the European Tour in 1972.

The 2006 winner also became the first Italian to win any European Tour event twice after recording a final round of 65 for a 22-under finish at the Milan Golf Club event at Monza's Royal Park course.

Molinari, 33, had been four shots clear with six holes to play but U.S. Masters champion Willett, one of seven European Ryder Cup players competing in Milan, cut the gap to one with a birdie and an eagle at the 13th and 14th respectively.

"I had the ideal start, I couldn't start any better," said Molinari, who is not in the European Ryder Cup team that faces the United States at Hazeltine, Minnesota from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

"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," added the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup player.

Molinari will collect 500,000 euros ($557,750.00) in prize money for his fourth European Tour win and first since the 2012 Spanish Open.

Spain's Nacho Elvira and Chris Paisley of England tied for third place at 18-under.

Germany's Martin Kaymer, who is in the European Ryder Cup team, finished 12-under and tied for 20th.

Round 3 - Alexander Levy leads weather hit event

September 18, 2016

Alexander Levy surged into a one-shot lead midway through the third round of the weather-affected Italian Open before play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday.

The Frenchman started the afternoon six shots behind second-round leader Chris Paisley but began with an eagle and had five birdies in a brilliant front nine.

Levy was on 14 under after 12 holes when play was suspended, one shot ahead of Paisley, home favorite Francesco Molinari, Danny Willett, and Chris Hanson.

''I played well the first two days but I started really strongly today,'' Levy said.

''Nice eagle on the first, nice birdie on the second, and I kept going like that ... I don't know what will happen tomorrow but it's just nice to be playing some really good golf again.''

Bad weather affected the first two days of the Italian Open and meant that half the field had yet to start their second rounds on Saturday morning.

Seeking his first European Tour win, Paisley shot an 8-under 63 in the morning to take a one-stroke lead into the third round but the Englishman bogeyed the first.

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

Round 2 - Chris Paisley leads weather hit day

September 17, 2016

Chris Paisley took a one-stroke lead in the second round of the Italian Open on Friday before thunderstorms ended play early.

Seeking his first European Tour win, Paisley was at 10-under through 13 holes, putting him one shot ahead of Masters champion and fellow Englishman Danny Willett.

Clubhouse leader Richard Green, Chris Hanson and Alexander Levy were at 8-under, a shot clear of Andy Sullivan and defending champion and overnight leader Rikard Karlberg, who didn't start his second round.

The second round was scheduled to be completed at 7:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) Saturday morning at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

More than half of Darren Clarke's Europe team - including Willett and Sullivan - is competing in Monza with the Ryder Cup scheduled for Hazeltine in Minnesota at the end of the month.

Round 1 - Rikard Karlberg off to solid defence

September 16, 2016

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg fended off fatigue to begin his defence of the rain-affected Italian Open by carving out a one-shot lead over local hope Francesco Molinari on Thursday in Milan.

Almost five hours of play were lost on the opening day of the EPGA event after heavy rain and lightning battered the Parco Reale di Monza course in the early hours of the morning.

But Karlberg, who secured his maiden EPGA title at the Open last year when he birdied the second extra hole to beat Martin Kaymer in a dramatic play-off, put those concerns to one side on his way to a seven-under-par 64.

Karlberg boasted six birdies, including three in his opening four holes, and after suffering his only bogey on the par-four eighth, he made amends with an eagle on the par-five ninth.

"That's as good as it gets," said Karlberg, 29. "It was a 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.

"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."

Fellow Swede Robert Karlsson is tied for third place on five under with Spain's Adrian Otaegui, with nine players including England's Richard Bland sharing a tie for fifth place.

At four shots off the pace is Sweden's Peter Hanson and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark, although some of the big names in the field struggled to keep apace, while others had yet to complete their round due to delays with the weather.

England's Lee Westwood had only two bogeys in his one-under-par round of 70 but with only three birdies on his card the Ryder Cup team player is six shots off the pace.

Westwood said this week was all about preparation for the Ryder Cup on September 27 to October 2 at the American venue of Hazeltine.

"Hopefully I can get myself in contention and get the competitive juices flowing," said the 43-year-old.

"Next week is a week off, I’ll work on my game at home and do a bit of gym work to keep the body ticking over, but I don’t want to overdo it because the Ryder Cup is obviously a long and tiring week, both mentally and physically."

Germany's Marcel Siem, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and France's Victor Dubuisson were among 22 players to make par.

Seventeen players failed to complete even one hole because of the nasty mixture of heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Scores

1 ITA Francesco Molinari -22 - 65 68 64 65 262
2 GBR Danny Willett -21 - 66 64 67 66 263
T3 ESP Nacho Elvira -18 - 67 66 68 65 266
T3 ENG Chris Paisley -18 - 66 63 69 68 266
T5 ENG Richard Bland -16 - 67 67 65 69 268
T5 ENG David Horsey -16 - 67 67 69 65 268
T7 ESP Jorge Campillo -15 - 68 68 66 67 269
T7 ESP Alejandro Canizares -15 - 67 67 66 69 269
T7 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -15 - 68 71 66 64 269
T7 SCO Scott Jamieson -15 - 65 71 66 67 269
T7 FRA Alexander Levy -15 - 68 67 63 71 269
T12 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -14 - 70 68 64 68 270
T12 SWE Rikard Karlberg -14 - 64 67 71 68 270
T12 FRA Thomas Linard -14 - 69 65 69 67 270
T12 SWE Jeff Winther -14 - 69 68 65 68 270
T16 RSA Darren Fichardt -13 - 70 69 66 66 271
T16 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -13 - 68 67 65 71 271
T16 AUS Richard Green -13 - 68 66 68 69 271
T16 USA David Lipsky -13 - 69 68 67 67 271
T20 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -12 - 68 70 68 66 272
T20 ENG Chris Hanson -12 - 66 65 72 69 272
T20 FRA Benjamin Hebert -12 - 68 68 66 70 272
T20 USA Daniel Im -12 - 67 68 67 70 272
T20 GER Martin Kaymer -12 - 67 70 67 68 272
T20 ESP Adrian Otaegui -12 - 66 70 68 68 272
T20 ENG Robert Rock -12 - 68 69 69 66 272
T20 ENG Andrew Sullivan -12 - 67 70 65 70 272
T20 SCO Marc Warren -12 - 68 69 66 69 272
T20 ENG Chris Wood -12 - 69 63 70 70 272
T30 CHI Felipe Aguilar -11 - 67 68 71 67 273
T30 SWE Jens Fahbring -11 - 67 69 68 69 273
T30 SWE Robert Karlsson -11 - 66 68 65 74 273
T30 FRA Julien Quesne -11 - 71 67 65 70 273
T30 ITA Nicolo Ravano -11 - 68 68 71 66 273
T30 AUS Brett Rumford -11 - 66 71 69 67 273
36 AUS Jason Scrivener -10 - 67 70 70 67 274
37 AUS Andrew Dodt -9 - 69 69 70 67 275
T38 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -8 - 69 68 68 71 276
T38 ENG Ben Evans -8 - 69 70 69 68 276
T38 ESP Miguel Angel Jimenez -8 - 69 70 71 66 276
T38 CHN Hao-Tong Li -8 - 68 69 68 71 276
T38 NED Joost Luiten -8 - 67 71 66 72 276
T38 ENG Lee Slattery -8 - 68 69 72 67 276
T38 FRA Romain Wattel -8 - 67 71 66 72 276
T45 ITA Nino Bertasio -7 - 68 71 66 72 277
T45 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -7 - 69 70 69 69 277
T45 ENG David Howell -7 - 70 67 69 71 277
T45 FIN Mikko Korhonen -7 - 71 68 70 68 277
T45 SCO Jamie McLeary -7 - 67 66 70 74 277
T45 SCO Richie Ramsay -7 - 67 69 71 70 277
T45 RSA Justin Walters -7 - 70 69 69 69 277
T45 ENG Paul Waring -7 - 68 70 68 71 277
T53 WAL Rhys Davies -6 - 67 72 67 72 278
T53 ENG Oliver Fisher -6 - 70 69 70 69 278
T53 FIN Mikko Ilonen -6 - 70 69 70 69 278
T53 DNK Lasse Jensen -6 - 71 68 73 66 278
T53 SWE Joakim Lagergren -6 - 70 69 69 70 278
T53 ENG Oliver Wilson -6 - 69 69 72 68 278
T59 SCO David Drysdale -5 - 72 67 68 72 279
T59 FRA Edouard Espana -5 - 70 69 73 67 279
T61 RSA Trevor Fisher Jr. -4 - 69 69 70 72 280
T61 AUS Marcus Fraser -4 - 70 69 71 70 280
T61 SWE Peter Hanson -4 - 68 70 71 71 280
T61 ENG James Morrison -4 - 69 69 70 72 280
T61 ENG John Parry -4 - 72 67 70 71 280
T61 ITA Andrea Pavan -4 - 69 70 70 71 280
T61 ENG Steve Webster -4 - 70 69 71 70 280
T68 SWE Magnus A Carlsson -3 - 69 70 73 69 281
T68 USA Charlie Danielson -3 - 72 67 68 74 281
T68 RSA Brandon Stone -3 - 70 69 72 70 281
71 ITA Renato Paratore -2 - 70 67 76 69 282
T72 RSA George Coetzee Par - 71 67 74 72 284
T72 FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera Par - 69 69 71 75 284
CUT ITA Filippo Bergamaschi -2 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT ESP Eduardo De La Riva -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT WAL Jamie Donaldson -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT ENG Matt Ford -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT IRL Padraig Harrington -2 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT AUS Nathan Holman -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT THA Thongchai Jaidee -2 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT SCO Paul Lawrie -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT USA Paul Peterson -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT ITA Andrea Saracino -2 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT ITA Lorenzo Scalise -2 - 69 71 - - 140
CUT USA Peter Uihlein -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT ITA Federico Zucchetti -2 - 67 73 - - 140
CUT ENG Matthew Baldwin -1 - 68 73 - - 141
CUT SWE Johan Carlsson -1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge -1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg -1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT SCO Craig Lee -1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT DEN Morten Orum Madsen -1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT SCO Andrew McArthur -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari -1 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros -1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT RSA Jaco Van Zyl -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT ESP Borja Virto -1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT ENG Lee Westwood -1 - 70 71 - - 141
CUT FRA Clement Berardo Par - 70 72 - - 142
CUT ENG Gary Boyd Par - 71 71 - - 142
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks Par - 71 71 - - 142
CUT AUS Scott Hend Par - 68 74 - - 142
CUT ITA Andrea Maestroni Par - 73 69 - - 142
CUT THA Prom Meesawat Par - 70 72 - - 142
CUT PAR Fabrizio Zanotti Par - 72 70 - - 142
CUT ITA Michele Cea 1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT IND S.S.P Chawurasia 1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT ITA Enrico De Nitto 1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT SWE Mathias Gronberg 1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT DEN Thorbjorn Olesen 1 - 73 70 - - 143
CUT ENG Callum Shinkwin 1 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT KOR Y.E. Yang 1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT ITA Matteo Delpodio 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT IRL Paul Dunne 2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT FRA Gregory Havret 2 - 71 73 - - 144
CUT FIN Roope Kakko 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ESP Pablo Larrazabal 2 - 74 70 - - 144
CUT GER Marcel Siem 2 - 69 75 - - 144
CUT RSA Richard Sterne 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT ENG Graeme Storm 2 - 75 69 - - 144
CUT CHI Ashun Wu 2 - 69 75 - - 144
CUT GER Maximilian Kieffer 3 - 68 77 - - 145
CUT KOR Soomin Lee 3 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT FRA Gary Stal 3 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT ENG Seve Benson 4 - 71 75 - - 146
CUT DNK Joachim B Hansen 4 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT ENG Simon Khan 4 - 72 74 - - 146
CUT ITA Francesco Laporta 4 - 73 73 - - 146
CUT ITA Marco Crespi 5 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ENG Ryan Evans 5 - 76 71 - - 147
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 5 - 74 73 - - 147
CUT ITA Jacopo Vecchi Fossa 5 - 72 75 - - 147
CUT KOR Jin Jeong 6 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ITA Alessandro Tadini 6 - 70 78 - - 148
CUT SWE Bjorn Akesson 7 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT GER Tim Mayer 8 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT IRL Paul McGinley 9 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT ARG Daniel Vancsik 16 - 75 83 - - 158
DSQ KOR Byeong Hun An -9 - 65 70 69 - 204
CUT SWE Patrik Sjoland Par - - - - - 0
RET SCO Stephen Gallacher Par - 71 - - - 71
RET DEN Thomas Bjorn 4 - 75 - - - 75
RET DEN Soren Kjeldsen -1 - 68 - - - 68
RET ENG Richard McEvoy -1 - - - - - 0
RET FRA Victor Dubuisson Par - 73 - - - 73
RET ENG Anthony Wall Par - - - - - 0
RET NIR Michael Hoey 3 - 73 - - - 73
RET ENG Eddie Pepperell 4 - 71 - - - 71
RET ITA Lorenzo Gagli 5 - 74 - - - 74

 





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