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Senior Italian Open 2018

DATES: June 15-17
SITE: Golf Club Udine, Fagagna, Italy
PRIZE MONEY: $300,000

Round 3 - Clark Dennis makes history at Senior Italian Open

June 17, 2018

Clark Dennis became the first player to win the Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort twice as he defended his 2017 success with victory in a play-off at Golf Club Udine.

The American, who won last season’s tournament via a play-off after severe rain and thunderstorms abandoned the event after 36 holes, defended the title with another play-off triumph as he beat Rafael Gomez to write his name in the history books and become the first player to win two Senior Italian Opens.

Clark Dennis makes history at Senior Italian Open, © Getty Images

Dennis did not have it all his way as Argentine Gomez led for most of the day. However, a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole forced a play-off as Gomez three-putted for bogey to tie at 13 under par. The title was decided back on the 18th green as Dennis tapped in for par on the first extra hole while Gomez struggled from the fringe at the back of the green following a wayward tee shot.

The Argentinean was in control for the majority of Sunday as he holed three birdie putts on the opening six holes to move ahead by one. However, Dennis quickly drew level with a birdie on the seventh before Gomez made a further move into the lead. Three birdies and a bogey after the turn gave the 2018 Staysure Tour Qualifying School victor a chance of a debut win, but Dennis was determined to remain in the fight.

Even after a birdie on the 13th and a bogey on the following hole, the American, who topped the Staysure Tour Order of Merit in 2017, kept the pressure on down the final stretch. This showed on the 18th green as Gomez, who had a two-shot lead, three putted from the fringe and Dennis forced the play-off with a rousing birdie to card a three under par round of 69.

After success in 2017, when he defeated Peter Fowler in a play-off, Dennis was delighted to take the title once again and crown himself a two-time winner of the Senior Italian Open.

“It feels fantastic, if not a bit surprising. I really thought I was out of the tournament when I missed the short birdie putt on 17,” he said. “Gomez had a two-shot lead going up 18 and he hit a fantastic drive but I did not expect him to make bogey. I had a pretty long putt and happened to make it, while he made bogey, and now, here I am as the champion.

“He did not hit a good drive in the play-off and I knew he was in trouble. I knew if I hit a good drive and hit the green I knew I’d have a good chance, and that’s how it worked out.

“I love Italy – it’s great here. The people are fantastic, and this setting is beautiful. Mr Lualdi has done a fantastic job building up this golf course and resort, and it’s a beautiful place.

“It’s a special win on Father’s Day and I’m just happy to be the champion again.”

Behind the leading duo, Phillip Price shot a bogey-free six under par round of 66 to jump up four places and finish a shot back from Dennis and Gomez on 12 under par. While South African Chris Williams maintained his excellent start to the season with a fourth-place finish.

Pos.
Name
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
1
DENNIS Clark
USA
-13
67
67
69
203
2
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-13
66
69
68
203
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-12
69
69
66
204

More scores & prize money

Round 2 - Clark Dennis on way to making history in Italy

June 16, 2018

Clark Dennis is set to become the first two-time winner of the Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort as he leads heading into the final day.

In the defence of his first Staysure Tour title, the American shot a five under par round of 67 on the second day at the European Tour Destination venue to overtake overnight leaders Miguel Angel Martin and Rafael Gomez and move into pole position.

Clark Dennis on way to making history in Italy, © Getty Images

Dennis’ back-to-back rounds of 67 hand him a one-shot advantage while Argentinian Gomez and two-time Staysure Tour winner Chris Williams share second after rounds of 69 and 67, respectively.

The 2017 Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort champion quickly joined the overnight leaders after his birdie on the first. A bogey on the third did not trouble the American’s rhythm as he gained two more shots on the sixth and seventh holes to keep the pressure on Gomez, as Martin dropped back.

An immediate birdie after the turn put Dennis alongside the Argentine, however, he was soon out in front following a gain on the par three 12th while Gomez dropped a shot. The reigning John Jacobs Trophy winner finished his round in style after a bogey on the 14th, as he made back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th to take command at the Villaverde Resort at Golf Club Udine.

With blazing sunshine and soaring temperatures set for tomorrow, there is no sign of severe weather to dampen Dennis’ title charge, as he eyes the chance to put his name in the history books and become the first two-time Senior Italian Open champion.

“Tomorrow I have to do the same things that I’ve been doing over the last two days. I can’t think about results, I’ve just got to go out and try and shoot as low a score as I can,” he said. “There is going to be a lot of guys making birdies tomorrow and I can’t backup, I’ve got to be in attack mode and try and make as many birdies as possible.

“The birdies on 16 and 17 were nice. I didn’t hit a good iron shot on 18 but I was able to get up and down from a difficult spot, so lunch tasted sweeter with that finish.

“The course played very similar to yesterday. There isn’t much wind out there. The greens are soft, and you really have to be in attack mode this week because the course is very scorable.

“A win on Father’s Day would make it sweeter. My three boys are at home, my son is playing in the Texas State Amateur after he made the cut, so we’ll both be playing for something tomorrow.”

Two-shots behind Dennis is the 2016 Paris Legends Championship winner Magnus P Atlevi, who carded the round of the day with a bogey-free six under par round of 66, which include six birdies after the turn.

The Swede is one-shot ahead of last year’s runner-up Fowler and overnight co-leader Martin, who share fifth spot on seven under par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
DENNIS, Clark
-10
67
67
134
2
WILLIAMS, Chris
-9
68
67
135
2
GOMEZ, Rafael
-9
66
69
135
2
ATLEVI, Magnus P
-8
70
66
136
5
FOWLER, Peter
-7
67
70
137
5
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-7
66
71
137
7
REMESY, Jean-François
-6
69
69
138
7
PRICE, Phillip
-6
69
69
138
9
DODD, Stephen
-5
67
72
139
10
SHACKLADY, David
-4
71
69
140
10
STREETER, Paul
-4
70
70
140
12
LANE, Barry
-3
69
72
141
12
TINNING, Steen
-3
69
72
141
12
ORR, Gary
-3
71
70
141
12
BAKER, Peter
-3
71
70
141
12
KINGSTON, James
-3
70
71
141
12
WILSON, Peter T
-3
72
69
141

Round 1 - Gomez & Martin tied for lead in Senior Italian Open

June 15, 2018

Rafael Gomez and Miguel Angel Martin lead the way at the Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort as they both go in search of a maiden Staysure Tour title.

The pair are tied at the top of the leaderboard on six under par with defending champion Clark Dennis one-shot back after the opening round at Villaverde Resort at Golf Club Udine.

Gomez & Martin tied for lead in Senior Italian Open, © Getty Images

Former Senior Italian Open winner Stephen Dodd joins Clark in the chasing pack, alongside Australian Peter Fowler, who lost in a play-off to Dennis last year.

Spaniard Martin and Argentinian Gomez both set the pace early with four birdies each over the opening nine holes at the European Tour Destination. Martin bounced back from a bogey on the ninth hole to card four more birdies for a six under par round of 66 to join Gomez in a share for the lead. The Argentine gained two more shots after the turn to fire a bogey-free round on his way to the top to set the pace in Udine.

With five runner-up results on the over-50s circuit, Martin is on the lookout for his first victory and was delighted with the start he has made on the sun-kissed Villaverde Resort course.

“It was very good. I’m playing very well and I’m putting really well,” he said. “For a long time I didn’t putt as well as this. I’m hitting the ball quite well and it’s staying straight. I’m getting close to the hole on the greens and holing the key putts.

“I made two bogeys today, one was a three putt on number nine as the first putt was a long one from far away on the right. For the other bogey, I pulled my driver on 16 and then pulled my second shot into the water, so I had to take a drop and I was lucky to get a six.

“But at the moment so far so good and I hope I keep playing well like today.”

Had it not been for their bogeys on the 18th, both former champions would have joined the leading duo as they look to become the first player to claim two Senior Italian Open titles.

However, the 2017 John Jacobs Trophy winner is happy with his work in the defence of his first Staysure Tour title.

“I missed a two-foot putt on number two and had a bad break on 18. I hit it just left off the tee and was up against the tee and I couldn’t get it out, so I made a five. But I’m very pleased with my start,” Dennis said.

“You can’t win it today, but you can lose it, so I think I put myself in a good position for the next two days. It looks like we’re going to get fantastic weather, so I expect the scoring to be low and I’m going to have to make a lot of birdies.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-6
66
1
GOMEZ, Rafael
-6
66
3
DENNIS, Clark
-5
67
3
FOWLER, Peter
-5
67
3
DODD, Stephen
-5
67
6
WILLIAMS, Chris
-4
68
7
LANE, Barry
-3
69
7
REMESY, Jean-François
-3
69
7
PRICE, Phillip
-3
69
7
TINNING, Steen
-3
69
11
MOULAND, Mark
-2
70
11
STREETER, Paul
-2
70
11
WESSELINGH, Paul
-2
70
11
ATLEVI, Magnus P
-2
70
11
KINGSTON, James
-2
70

Scores

Pos.
Name
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Official Prize Money
1
DENNIS Clark
USA
-13
67
67
69
203
€ 45,000
2
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-13
66
69
68
203
€ 30,000
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-12
69
69
66
204
€ 21,000
4
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-11
68
67
70
205
€ 16,500
5
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-10
70
66
70
206
€ 13,590
6
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-9
67
70
70
207
€ 10,800
6
LANE Barry
ENG
-9
69
72
66
207
€ 10,800
6
STREETER Paul
ENG
-9
70
70
67
207
€ 10,800
9
BAKER Peter
ENG
-8
71
70
67
208
€ 7,800
9
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-8
66
71
71
208
€ 7,800
9
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-8
69
69
70
208
€ 7,800
12
DODD Stephen
WAL
-7
67
72
70
209
€ 6,300
12
TINNING Steen
DEN
-7
69
72
68
209
€ 6,300
14
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-5
71
71
69
211
€ 5,700
15
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-4
71
69
72
212
€ 5,250
15
WILSON Peter T
ENG
-4
72
69
71
212
€ 5,250
17
KEMP John
ENG
-3
74
72
67
213
€ 4,530
17
ORR Gary
SCO
-3
71
70
72
213
€ 4,530
17
TURNER Greg
NZL
-3
74
70
69
213
€ 4,530
20
MONASTERIO Cesar
ARG
-2
75
68
71
214
€ 3,930
20
THELEN Tim
USA
-2
75
67
72
214
€ 3,930
22
BROWN Simon P
ENG
-1
71
73
71
215
€ 3,318
22
EALES Paul
ENG
-1
74
69
72
215
€ 3,318
22
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
-1
74
70
71
215
€ 3,318
22
MANSON Gordon
AUT
-1
74
73
68
215
€ 3,318
22
MOULAND Mark
WAL
-1
70
72
73
215
€ 3,318
27
FARRY Marc
FRA
0
71
74
71
216
€ 2,646
27
KINGSTON James
RSA
0
70
71
75
216
€ 2,646
27
LUNA Santiago
ESP
0
72
73
71
216
€ 2,646
27
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
0
73
74
69
216
€ 2,646
27
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
0
70
76
70
216
€ 2,646
32
BOSSERT André
SUI
1
73
74
70
217
€ 2,280
32
EMERSON Gary
ENG
1
75
72
70
217
€ 2,280
32
RAFFERTY Ronan
NIR
1
73
69
75
217
€ 2,280
35
DRUMMOND Ross
SCO
2
74
76
68
218
€ 2,100
35
HARWOOD Mike
AUS
2
73
72
73
218
€ 2,100
37
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
3
75
77
67
219
€ 2,010
38
ACUTIS Carlo Alberto
ITA
4
71
76
73
220
€ 1,860
38
BIANCO Mauro
ITA
4
77
75
68
220
€ 1,860
38
SUNESON Carl
ESP
4
78
71
71
220
€ 1,860
38
WALTON Philip
IRL
4
72
75
73
220
€ 1,860
42
GILFORD David
ENG
5
74
74
73
221
€ 1,650
42
MARTINEZ Zeke P
USA
5
78
74
69
221
€ 1,650
42
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
5
74
73
74
221
€ 1,650
45
GOLDING Philip
ENG
6
78
73
71
222
€ 1,470
45
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
6
79
71
72
222
€ 1,470
45
STRÜVER Sven
GER
6
75
74
73
222
€ 1,470
48
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
10
72
77
77
226
€ 1,320
48
RIVERO José
ESP
10
79
74
73
226
€ 1,320
50
MARKS Gary
ENG
11
76
74
77
227
€ 1,230
51
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
15
79
76
76
231
€ 1,170
52
BRAND JNR Gordon
SCO
18
80
78
76
234
€ 1,110
53
BRAND Gordon J
ENG
23
80
82
77
239
€ 1,050
54
MASON Carl
ENG
-1
71
0
0
71
€ 0

 




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