DS Automobiles Italian Open R4

Nicolai Højgaard wins maiden title

Italian Open 2021 R4
September 02-05
Marco Simone GC, Rome, Italy
€3,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Italian Open 2021 R4 - Nicolai Højgaard wins maiden title
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20-year-old Dane Nicolai Højgaard, playing on the final invitation, signed for a 71 to reach 13-under and win the DS Automobiles Italian Open by one shot.

He and his twin, Rasmus, become the first brothers to win back-to-back tournaments on the European Tour following Rasmus’ victory at the Omega European Masters last week.


Italian Open 2021 R4

“It’s crazy to think of (being last man in). I had a bad foot before coming here and to get it done, it’s quite a good story. I didn’t see the back nine before the first round, so it’s been a crazy week.

“It means a lot. I’ve been grinding for a long time and seeing Rasmus win three times made me want to do it even more. And to finally get it done is very special and it’s been a great week here so I’m just very happy to get it done.”


Italian Open 2021 R4

Nicolai started the final round with a one shot lead and had increased it to two by the turn but bogeys at the 14th and 15th allowed Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Adrian Meronk of Poland to join him in the lead.

He needed a birdie at the 18th to win and holed a three-foot putt to win his maiden title.


Italian Open 2021 R4

“It’s hard actually to make birdies when you’re in front but you just have to grind. Everyone’s going to struggle at some point. You’ve just got to keep grinding – that’s what my caddie Christian told me.

“That’s what we talked about all day – keep going, we know the birdies will come. There weren’t many birdies but one came at the last and it was very important, so I’m really pleased for that.”

Italian Open 2021 R4 - Nicolai Højgaard wins maiden title
Ramus Højgaard and Nicolai Højgaard. (Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Italian Open 2021 R4

Fleetwood (71) and Meronk (66) tied for second place at 12-under.

“I hit a couple of bad shots at the wrong time but overall felt like I played well today,” said Fleetwood. “Especially on the front nine I felt as comfortable as I’d felt all week, long game wise, and just didn’t putt like I had done throughout the first three days. I eventually got that going.

“It’s always great coming down the stretch in contention. I took shots on, hit a couple of bad shots – especially like 16. And yeah, there are things that I’d like to put right but at the end of the day I haven’t been around much this year, I haven’t been in contention a lot.


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Italian Open 2021 R4

“I played a lot better this week and again I take a lot of heart from those two shots on the 18th – the wedge in and holing the putt.”

Leading Italian Francesco Laporta closed with a 68 to finish fourth at 11-under one stroke ahead of compatriot Edoardo Molinari (69) who tied for fifth alongside England’s Richard Bland (67) and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura (66).


Italian Open 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Nicolai Højgaard
-13
66
69
65
71
271
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
-12
66
68
67
71
272
T2
Adrian Meronk
-12
70
69
67
66
272
4
Francesco Laporta
-11
66
70
69
68
273
T5
Richard Bland
-10
70
69
68
67
274
T5
Masahiro Kawamura
-10
67
70
71
66
274
T5
Edoardo Molinari
-10
65
70
70
69
274
T8
Scott Jamieson
-9
70
67
71
67
275
T8
Mikko Korhonen
-9
68
66
68
73
275
T8
Pablo Larrazabal
-9
70
70
70
65
275
T8
Johannes Veerman
-9
67
67
72
69
275
T12
Adri Arnaus
-8
66
68
72
70
276
T12
Min Woo Lee
-8
64
68
71
73
276
T12
Shubhankar Sharma
-8
75
66
69
66
276
T15
Sam Horsfield
-7
69
73
69
66
277
T15
Matthew Jordan
-7
71
67
72
67
277
T15
Henrik Stenson
-7
64
71
73
69
277
T18
Sean Crocker
-6
72
67
68
71
278
T18
Oliver Farr
-6
69
68
67
74
278
T18
Rasmus Højgaard
-6
72
70
68
68
278
T18
Joost Luiten
-6
71
66
70
71
278
T18
Victor Perez
-6
70
67
67
74
278
T18
Thomas Pieters
-6
70
69
69
70
278
T24
John Catlin
-5
72
70
70
67
279
T24
Ashley Chesters
-5
70
70
72
67
279
T24
Gavin Kyle Green
-5
69
69
70
71
279
T27
George Coetzee
-4
72
68
67
73
280
T27
Victor Dubuisson
-4
70
68
71
71
280
T27
David Horsey
-4
69
71
67
73
280
T27
Maximilian Kieffer
-4
69
70
72
69
280
T27
Tapio Pulkkanen
-4
72
70
66
72
280
T27
Fabrizio Zanotti
-4
72
69
70
69
280
T27
Daniel van Tonder
-4
70
65
66
79
280
T34
Dean Burmester
-3
70
71
70
70
281
T34
Ross Fisher
-3
67
71
67
76
281
T34
Grant Forrest
-3
72
70
73
66
281
T34
Calum Hill
-3
75
65
75
66
281
T34
Alexander Levy
-3
69
66
69
77
281
T34
Guido Migliozzi
-3
72
69
68
72
281
T34
Adrian Otaegui
-3
71
71
68
71
281
T34
Julien Quesne
-3
70
72
67
72
281
T34
Marcel Siem
-3
72
69
70
70
281
T34
Matthew Southgate
-3
70
70
72
69
281
T44
Julien Guerrier
-2
69
73
70
70
282
T44
Adrien Saddier
-2
67
75
70
70
282
T46
Dave Coupland
-1
70
69
72
72
283
T46
Eddie Pepperell
-1
65
71
74
73
283
T46
Callum Shinkwin
-1
69
71
74
69
283
T46
Julian Suri
-1
68
73
69
73
283
T46
Sami Valimaki
-1
70
71
74
68
283
T46
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
69
70
72
72
283
T52
Wil Besseling
E
73
66
74
71
284
T52
Darren Fichardt
E
72
69
70
73
284
T52
Scott Hend
E
65
74
70
75
284
T52
Francesco Molinari
E
69
69
71
75
284
T52
Antoine Rozner
E
71
69
72
72
284
T57
Steven Brown
+1
67
71
71
76
285
T57
Jonathan Caldwell
+1
71
68
72
74
285
T57
Benjamin Hebert
+1
67
74
71
73
285
T60
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
+2
71
71
76
68
286
T60
Kalle Samooja
+2
64
74
77
71
286
62
Paul Waring
+3
70
72
70
75
287
T63
Joakim Lagergren
+4
71
69
75
73
288
T63
Robin Roussel
+4
68
73
77
70
288
65
Dale Whitnell
+7
69
70
78
74
291
CUT
Marcus Armitage
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Alexander Björk
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Jorge Campillo
+1
69
74
143
CUT
David Drysdale
+1
71
72
143
CUT
Garrick Higgo
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Romain Langasque
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
+1
69
74
143
CUT
Wade Ormsby
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Andrea Romano (a)
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
+1
75
68
143
CUT
Justin Walters
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Oliver Wilson
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Daniel Gavins
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+2
69
75
144
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Brandon Stone
+2
68
76
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Filippo Celli (a)
+3
70
75
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
+3
77
68
145
CUT
Matt Fitzpatrick
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Gregory Havret
+3
74
71
145
CUT
Andrew Johnston
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Martin Kaymer
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Ross McGowan
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Darius van Driel
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Luke Donald
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
+4
69
77
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Justin Harding
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
+4
71
75
146
CUT
Richie Ramsay
+4
75
71
146
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Matt Wallace
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
+4
76
70
146
CUT
Chris Wood
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Laurie Canter
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Thomas Detry
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Sihwan Kim
+5
76
71
147
CUT
David Law
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Andy Sullivan
+5
70
77
147
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
+6
75
73
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
+6
72
76
148
CUT
Ricardo Santos
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
+6
73
75
148
CUT
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (a)
+6
70
78
148
CUT
Nino Bertasio
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Pietro Bovari (a)
+7
74
75
149
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
+7
73
76
149
CUT
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
+7
77
72
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Robert Rock
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Graeme Storm
+7
77
72
149
CUT
Davide Buchi
+8
75
75
150
CUT
Ryan Fox
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Miguel Angel Jiménez
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Haydn Porteous
+8
70
80
150
CUT
Garrick Porteous
+8
72
78
150
CUT
Jack Senior
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Joel Stalter
+8
71
79
150
CUT
Aron Zemmer
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
+9
75
76
151
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
+9
74
77
151
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
+9
76
75
151
CUT
Gregorio De Leo
+10
76
76
152
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
+10
77
75
152
CUT
James Morrison
+11
77
76
153
CUT
Federico Maccario
+12
79
75
154
CUT
Giovanni Manzoni (a)
+12
75
79
154
CUT
Connor Syme
+12
77
77
154
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
+14
81
75
156
CUT
Luca Cianchetti (a)
+15
77
80
157
CUT
Marc Warren
+16
86
72
158
CUT
Andrea Pavan
+18
80
80
160
CUT
Tommaso Perrino
+19
81
80
161
RETD
David Howell
+6
76
44
120
RETD
Tae Hee Lee
+7
71
43
114
RETD
Thomas Aiken
+11
77
45
122
RETD
Jazz Janewattananond
+7
75
33
108
RETD
Maverick Antcliff
E
69
69
39
177