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Sicily Open 2017

Round 4 - Alvaro Quiros wins in a playoff

May 22, 2017

Alvaro Quiros of Spain beat Zander Lombard of South Africa on the second hole of a playoff to win the Rocco Forte Open on Sunday and claim his first title in more than six years.

Quiros had a seven-stroke lead at one point but four bogeys and a double bogey let Lombard force extra holes with both finishing at 14-under- one stroke ahead of third-placed finisher Li Haotong of China.

After both Quiros and Lombard parred the first playoff hole, Quiros also made par on the next hole while Lombard missed a three-footer to end his hopes of a first victory.

''Obviously it shouldn't have been like that with a playoff, but in the end it's a victory and that's the most important thing,'' Quiros said after his seventh career win. ''It's been a little bit of a mess today - the game wasn't that bad. Just the last few holes I started to struggle with the wind left to right, and Zander was playing nicely.

''I didn't have an idea how many shots I was leading by, what I knew on 18 is I have to make a putt to halve with Zander,'' added Quiros, who regained his European Tour card with the win.

Round 3 - Alvaro Quiros stretches lead to five

May 21, 2017

Spain's Alvaro Quiros belied his humble world ranking of 703 to move into a five-shot lead after three rounds of the Sicily Open on Saturday and within touching distance of a seventh European Tour title.

The 34-year-old, whose last title came at the 2011 Dubai World Championship, carded a third round 70 to go to 16 under for the tournament.

South Africa's Zander Lombard is second after a 72, with Italy's Renato Paratore and Spain's Pep Angles, the only man to go below 70 with a 68, at 10 under.

Quiros, a former world number 23, was back in qualifying school at the end of last season, losing his playing card and concentrating mostly on the second-tier Challenge Tour in 2017.

Despite being in fine form in Sicily, cementing his place as second and third round leader, he was far from happy with his efforts on Saturday.

"Today was the worst golfing day for me," the Spaniard told www.europeantour.com.

"From the tee I was more irregular than normal but I played with the same intentions, trying to fight until the final hole and I've been putting well too."

After a birdie-fest on days one and two with Quiros going 63-64 to open up a two-shot advantage, high winds created problems on Saturday with just seven players able to break par.

"Today it was really difficult to putt, the wind was blowing crazy strong and on the greens the perception was always changing with the intensity of this wind. I'm happy with where I am right now," added Quiros.

Round 2 - Alvaro Quiros takes over lead

May 20, 2017

Alvaro Quiros birdied his final four holes to move into the lead at the halfway stage of the Rocco Forte Open on Friday and round off a stunning return to form.

Quiros added a second-round 64 to his opening 63 to sit on 15-under-par after 36 holes.

The Spaniard, who has dropped from a high of 21st in the world rankings in January 2012 to 703rd, also posted an eagle and another birdie before his fantastic finish lifted him two shots clear of first round leaders, Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland and Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg.

''It's a very nice situation I am in now,'' Quiros said. ''It's a long time ago since I have been in this situation. My game today was a little bit worse than yesterday but my putting on the back nine was unbelievable so I'm very happy with it.

''I'm not going to fix my situation in one day or one tournament so hopefully I can keep working, still adding good rounds, and hopefully at the end of the year come back to the Tour.''

Round 1 - Sebastian Soderberg and Michael Hoey top leaderboard

May 19, 2017

Sebastian Soderberg and Michael Hoey shared the first round lead at the Sicily Open on Thursday after both men flirted with the magical score of 59.

In the end, they carded matching 61s to be 10 under par at the Verdura Golf Club on a bright, sunny day made for low scoring.

Sweden's Soderberg, playing just his 15th European Tour event, made the early running with birdies on the second, fourth, sixth and eighth before an eagle on the ninth helped him turn in 30.

A birdie-birdie start on the back nine then brought a rare 59 into focus before a run of five pars put paid to those hopes.

The 26-year-old rolled a birdie down the hill at the 17th before an eight-footer on the last.

"That 59 was all I thought about walking down the par five 12th," the Swede said.

"It kind of helped me to keep going, I didn't feel like it stopped me. I definitely had a couple of putts the last seven holes that could have run in. Overall, great round."

Northern Irishman Hoey, a five-time European Tour winner, birdied his opener on the 11th and added further gains on the 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, first, second and third.

The 38-yer-old then made four pars in a row but a stunning approach to the eighth produced a birdie and when he found the fringe on the par five ninth with his second, the record was still a possibility.

He had to settle for a birdie, however, after leaving his putt short and made a par on his last.

"I left it in the jaws, both putts, but I was nervous," he said.

South Africa's Zander Lombard is a shot off the pace while European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn is one of six players on six-under 65.

Scores

1 ESP Alvaro Quiros -14 - 63 64 70 73 270
2 RSA Zander Lombard -14 - 62 68 72 68 270
3 CHN Haotong Li -13 - 64 68 73 66 271
4 ESP Pep Angles -12 - 69 66 68 69 272
T5 AUS Jason Scrivener -11 - 68 67 71 67 273
T5 AUS Marcus Fraser -11 - 66 66 74 67 273
7 ENG David Horsey -10 - 64 66 74 70 274
T8 FRA Julien Guerrier -9 - 65 68 72 70 275
T8 GER Marcel Siem -9 - 68 68 71 68 275
T8 ENG Mark Foster -9 - 67 64 75 69 275
T11 RSA Jbe Kruger -8 - 63 69 73 71 276
T11 ENG Lee Slattery -8 - 64 70 70 72 276
T11 NIR Michael Hoey -8 - 61 68 75 72 276
T11 FIN Mikko Korhonen -8 - 67 67 73 69 276
T11 SWE Robert Karlsson -8 - 70 67 73 66 276
T11 WAL Stuart Manley -8 - 66 68 73 69 276
T11 ENG Tom Lewis -8 - 67 67 72 70 276
T18 USA Daniel Im -7 - 66 70 72 69 277
T18 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -7 - 64 71 70 72 277
T18 SWE Johan Carlsson -7 - 67 65 72 73 277
T18 FRA Raphael Jacquelin -7 - 69 62 73 73 277
T18 SWE Sebastian Soederberg -7 - 61 68 77 71 277
T23 IRL Gary Hurley -6 - 67 66 72 73 278
T23 ENG James Morrison -6 - 71 65 71 71 278
T23 ITA Renato Paratore -6 - 71 62 70 75 278
T23 DEN Thomas Bjorn -6 - 65 69 74 70 278
T27 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -5 - 69 66 74 70 279
T27 ENG Ben Evans -5 - 68 67 74 70 279
T27 ENG Garrick Porteous -5 - 68 67 70 74 279
T27 ENG Oliver Fisher -5 - 66 69 74 70 279
T31 CAN Austin Connelly -4 - 68 69 74 69 280
T31 ENG Chris Paisley -4 - 66 71 72 71 280
T31 NOR Eirik Tage Johansen -4 - 65 67 76 72 280
T31 POR Jose-Filipe Lima -4 - 64 67 73 76 280
T31 USA Julian Suri -4 - 75 62 72 71 280
T31 FRA Romain Wattel -4 - 66 67 80 67 280
T31 GER Sebastian Heisele -4 - 63 69 76 72 280
T38 AUS Andrew Dodt -3 - 67 68 76 70 281
T38 ENG Eddie Pepperell -3 - 67 67 75 72 281
T38 RSA Haydn Porteous -3 - 68 64 73 76 281
T38 SWE Jeff Winther -3 - 68 66 79 68 281
T38 SWE Jens Dantorp -3 - 68 69 71 73 281
T38 ENG Marcus Armitage -3 - 65 71 72 73 281
T38 ENG Paul Maddy -3 - 66 67 73 75 281
T38 SCO Scott Jamieson -3 - 69 67 75 70 281
T38 AUS Wade Ormsby -3 - 66 66 76 73 281
T47 SCO Adrien Saddier -2 - 69 68 70 75 282
T47 ITA Francesco Laporta -2 - 66 69 78 69 282
T47 ENG Jordan Smith -2 - 68 68 77 69 282
T47 ENG Matt Wallace -2 - 68 69 76 69 282
T47 ITA Matteo Manassero -2 - 67 67 73 75 282
T47 ENG Nathan Kimsey -2 - 67 69 75 71 282
T47 ENG Richard McEvoy -2 - 67 67 77 71 282
T47 ENG Steve Webster -2 - 70 67 75 70 282
T55 ENG John Parry -1 - 69 67 74 73 283
T55 THA Phachara Khongwatmai -1 - 66 70 74 73 283
T55 FIN Roope Kakko -1 - 68 69 75 71 283
T58 FRA Clement Berardo Par - 66 71 73 74 284
T58 WAL Jamie Donaldson Par - 69 67 75 73 284
T58 SWE Niclas Johansson Par - 66 71 74 73 284
T58 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts Par - 68 67 75 74 284
T58 SWE Richard S. Johnson Par - 70 65 79 70 284
T63 AUS Nick Cullen 1 - 66 70 74 75 285
T63 SWE Oscar Lengden 1 - 68 69 74 74 285
65 BEL Thomas Detry 2 - 71 66 75 74 286
CUT ENG Jamie Rutherford 3 - 69 68 74 76 287
CUT ITA Luca Cianchetti 4 - 67 70 80 71 288
CUT SWE Oscar Stark 4 - 68 67 80 73 288
CUT USA Paul Peterson 4 - 66 69 78 75 288
CUT THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert 6 - 67 68 79 76 290
CUT ITA Lorenzo Gagli 7 - 68 67 78 78 291
CUT CAN Mike Weir 8 - 67 70 76 79 292
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui -4 - 68 70 - - 138
CUT ENG Ashley Chesters -4 - 70 68 - - 138
CUT ESP Borja Virto -4 - 69 69 - - 138
CUT WAL Bradley Dredge -4 - 65 73 - - 138
CUT ENG Chris Hanson -4 - 70 68 - - 138
CUT AUS Daniel Fox -4 - 69 69 - - 138
CUT ENG David Howell -4 - 68 70 - - 138
CUT ITA Filippo Bergamaschi -4 - 68 70 - - 138
CUT ENG Gary King -4 - 68 70 - - 138
CUT ITA Guido Migliozzi -4 - 70 68 - - 138
CUT ENG Laurie Canter -4 - 65 73 - - 138
CUT ENG Matthew Nixon -4 - 67 71 - - 138
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon -4 - 66 72 - - 138
CUT ITA Nino Bertasio -4 - 74 64 - - 138
CUT CZE Petr Gal Jr. -4 - 69 69 - - 138
CUT SWE Pontus Widegren -4 - 70 68 - - 138
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique -4 - 69 69 - - 138
CUT SWE Rikard Karlberg -4 - 67 71 - - 138
CUT FRA Romain Langasque -4 - 70 68 - - 138
CUT NZL Ryan Fox -4 - 69 69 - - 138
CUT ENG Steven Tiley -4 - 71 67 - - 138
CUT ITA Andrea Romano -3 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT SWE Anton Karlsson -3 - 67 72 - - 139
CUT ENG Daniel Brooks -3 - 73 66 - - 139
CUT RSA Jaco Ahlers -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT ENG James Heath -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT SWE Jens Fahrbring -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT SWE Johan Edfors -3 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT FRA Julien Quesne -3 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT ENG Matt Ford -3 - 68 71 - - 139
CUT ITA Nicolo Ravano -3 - 70 69 - - 139
CUT RSA Trevor Immelman -3 - 69 70 - - 139
CUT ITA Alessandro Tadini -2 - 68 72 - - 140
CUT SCO Christopher Doak -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen -2 - 71 69 - - 140
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth -2 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT WAL Oliver Farr -2 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg -2 - 72 68 - - 140
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie -2 - 70 70 - - 140
CUT SCO Scott Henry -2 - 66 74 - - 140
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer -1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT FRA Damien Perrier -1 - 68 73 - - 141
CUT FRA Joel Stalter -1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT NED Jurrian van der Vaart -1 - 72 69 - - 141
CUT ITA Matteo Delpodio -1 - 74 67 - - 141
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez -1 - 69 72 - - 141
CUT ENG Simon Khan -1 - 71 70 - - 141
CUT FRA Thomas Linard -1 - 73 68 - - 141
CUT SPN Alvaro Velasco Par - 72 70 - - 142
CUT ITA Andrea Pavan Par - 72 70 - - 142
CUT ITA Jacopo Vecchi Fossa Par - 73 69 - - 142
CUT SWE Mikael Lundberg Par - 69 73 - - 142
CUT ENG Oliver Wilson Par - 71 71 - - 142
CUT SWE Simon Forsstroem Par - 71 71 - - 142
CUT ITA Andrea Maestroni 1 - 68 75 - - 143
CUT SCO Craig Lee 1 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT ITA Cristiano Terragni 1 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT ITA Edoardo Molinari 1 - 70 73 - - 143
CUT FRA Gary Stal 1 - 75 68 - - 143
CUT ITA Giacomo Fortini 1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT ENG Matthew Southgate 1 - 72 71 - - 143
CUT ENG Richard Bland 1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT ENG Robert Coles 1 - 69 74 - - 143
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 1 - 71 72 - - 143
CUT GER Alexander Knappe 2 - 70 74 - - 144
CUT ITA Enrico Di Nitto 2 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT NED Reinier Saxton 2 - 72 72 - - 144
CUT ENG Ross McGowan 2 - 68 76 - - 144
CUT RSA Trevor Fisher Jnr 2 - 73 71 - - 144
CUT NED Daan Huizing 3 - 73 72 - - 145
CUT SCO Duncan Stewart 3 - 76 69 - - 145
CUT ITA Lorenzo Scalise 3 - 71 74 - - 145
CUT ITA Massimilliano Campigli 3 - 69 76 - - 145
CUT ENG Richard Finch 3 - 74 71 - - 145
CUT RSA Philip Geerts 4 - 76 70 - - 146
CUT ITA Michele Ortolani 5 - 76 71 - - 147
CUT ITA Aaron Zemmer 6 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT SWE Michael Jonzon 6 - 70 78 - - 148
CUT ITA Federico Maccario 8 - 72 78 - - 150
CUT ITA Marco Crespi 9 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT FRA Sebastien Gros 9 - 74 77 - - 151
CUT AUS Nathan Holman 12 - 77 77 - - 154
CUT USA Tom Foster 12 - 80 74 - - 154
DSQ ENG Max Orrin -3 - 68 - - - 68

 





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