Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil R3

Hurly plays the Long game to win in Italy

October 01-04
Golf Club Castelconturbia, Agrate Conturbia, Italy
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2


Italian Challenge 2020 R3 - Hurly plays the Long game to win in Italy
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Hurly Long defeated Matt Ford on the second play-off hole at the end of a dramatic final day at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil to secure his first European Challenge Tour victory.


Golf Club Castelconturbia played host to a thrilling final day where the lead changed hands numerous times before Long, who posted a two under par round of 70, Ford and Marcel Schneider tied for first place on 13 under par after 54 holes, which meant a play-off was required to determine a winner.

Schneider bogeyed the first extra trip down the 18th, leaving Ford and Long to battle it out for a second time after both men recorded pars. Ford could not find the green with his approach shot and when his excellent chip narrowly missed, Long was left with a tricky downhill birdie putt which he duly converted to secure an excellent maiden victory.



“It’s a crazy feeling,” he said. “I did not have a good start to the day at all. My plan was to just stick to the plan that I had been doing, not worry about the score too much and that served me well. It’s very surreal. When the putt went in, it was a bit of a shock.

“The weather’s just been incredible. There wasn’t much wind out there and the greens are receptive due to the heavy rain. If you drive it well and play aggressively off the tee, you’re going to have a lot of wedges in, the par fives are gettable and there are birdies out there for sure.”


The 25-year-old started the day two shots off the lead but after three bogeys in his first seven holes, his title quest was all but over, however a sensational run of five consecutive birdies changed the dynamic of his round.

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“Making gains over those holes was my only chance to get back into the event and to win the event,” he said. “I got some momentum going. I missed a lot of putts early, I lipped out a lot of putts. I knew I was putting well and I went on a stretch where a few went in and that really helped me out.

“My focus was mainly to, I know it sounds cliché, but to control what I can control and have fun out there. I wasn’t happy when the putt to win on the last hole didn’t go in but it didn’t change my attitude. It was more of the same really.”

Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen carded a nine under par round of 63 – the low round of the week – to earn a share of fourth place on 12 under par with Ondrej Lieser of the Czech Republic and English duo Matthew Baldwin and Alfie Plant, both of whom held the lead at various points in the final round.



One shot further back on 11 under par in a share for eighth place was Sweden’s Christofer Blomstrand, Spaniard Mario Galiano Aguilar, Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia, Switzerland’s Benjamin Rusch, overnight leader Todd Clements and Englishman Scott Gregory, who recorded the first hole-in-one of his professional career at the par three 17th hole on his way to carding a four under par round of 68.

Long’s victory sees him jump 72 places on the Road to Mallorca Rankings to fourth place. The Challenge Tour will return to action next month with the Spanish Swing, consisting of the Andalucía Challenge de España and the Challenge de Cadiz.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
FORD, Matt
-13
66
69
68
203
LONG, Hurly
-13
67
66
70
203
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-13
67
69
67
203
4
BALDWIN, Matthew
-12
66
69
69
204
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-12
68
73
63
204
LIESER, Ondrej
-12
65
71
68
204
PLANT, Alfie
-12
68
65
71
204
8
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-11
71
68
66
205
CLEMENTS, Todd
-11
64
67
74
205
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
-11
70
70
65
205
8
GOUVEIA, Ricardo
-11
67
72
66
205
GREGORY, Scott
-11
67
70
68
205
RUSCH, Benjamin
-11
70
71
64
205
14
HELLGREN, Björn
-10
68
69
69
206
MANLEY, Stuart
-10
67
71
68
206
MANSELL, Richard
-10
72
69
65
206
NEMECZ, Lukas
-10
69
69
68
206
TARRIO, Santiago
-10
71
67
68
206
19
DANTORP, Jens
-9
67
72
68
207
ELVIRA, Manuel
-9
70
68
69
207
FAHRBRING, Jens
-9
67
71
69
207
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
-9
68
71
68
207
PETERSSON, Robin
-9
69
69
69
207
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
-9
73
68
66
207
25
HOWIE, Craig
-8
67
70
71
208
25
KOFSTAD, Espen
-8
72
69
67
208
LACROIX, Frederic
-8
66
71
71
208
MANASSERO, Matteo
-8
66
69
73
208
ORIOL, Pedro
-8
73
66
69
208
30
DI NITTO, Enrico
-7
72
69
68
209
LINDELL, Oliver
-7
72
70
67
209
MATUS, Stanislav
-7
69
67
73
209
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
-7
67
73
69
209
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-7
68
70
71
209
35
AXELSEN, John
-6
71
68
71
210
BERTHEUSSEN, Elias
-6
73
69
68
210
BREGOLI, Riccardo (AM)
-6
69
70
199
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-6
69
71
70
210
KIMSEY, Nathan
-6
70
70
70
210
ORRIN, Max
-6
69
72
69
210
SIEM, Marcel
-6
65
70
75
210
STAL, Gary
-6
68
71
71
210
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
-6
68
74
68
210
WALKER, Euan
-6
67
74
69
210
YOUNG, Daniel
-6
70
71
69
210
46
ADDABBO, Ludovico
-5
71
71
69
211
BOURDY, Grégory
-5
68
71
72
211
DE LEO, Gregorio (AM)
-5
68
69
74
211
HANNA, Chase
-5
70
72
69
211
MACCARIO, Federico
-5
71
69
71
211
46
TADINI, Alessandro
-5
70
72
69
211
WRISDALE, Jordan
-5
69
71
71
211
ZEMMER, Aron
-5
70
70
71
211
54
FOOS, Dominic
-4
69
70
73
212
RICCI, Pietro
-4
69
69
74
212
STUREHED, Henric
-4
72
69
71
212
57
LÄNGFORS, Per
-3
70
72
71
213
MAGNUS, Haraldur
-3
71
70
72
213
59
CASTAGNARA, Giulio
-2
71
70
73
214
COUSSAUD, Ugo
-2
71
70
73
214
61
GAVINS, Daniel
-1
68
69
78
215
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
-1
70
72
73
215
63
DAYDOU, Alexandre
PAR
67
72
77
216
EDBERG, Pelle
PAR
71
70
75
216
MANICA, Manfredi (AM)
PAR
70
71
75
216
OVESEN, Martin
PAR
68
73
75
216
QUESNE, Julien
PAR
70
70
76
216
68
CELLI, Filippo (AM)
1
72
70
75
217
69
MOLTENI, Gregory
5
70
70
81
221
70
BORDA, David
70
73
DEL REY, Alejandro
73
70
LAMPERT, Moritz
70
73
MIVIS, Christopher
72
71
ROMANO, Andrea (AM)
69
74
WIEGELE, Martin
72
71
WILSON, Andrew
72
71
77
ANGLES, Pep
70
74
BOOTE, David
69
75
CASALEGNO, Carlo
73
71
KASKE, Janne
74
70
PENGE, Marco
73
71
PITONI, Stefano
69
75
SANDBORG, Jesper
70
74
84
VAN WEST, Robbie
76
69
85
CEA, Michele
70
76
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
73
73
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
70
76
88
ELLIS, Harry
72
75
GILL, Bailey
67
80
JOHN, Allen
72
75
KOIVU, Kim
76
71
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
73
74
93
ERIKSSON, Philip
71
77
GRAMMATICA, Alessandro
73
75
TERRAGNI, Cristiano
73
75
96
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo
75
74
DU PLESSIS, Hennie
75
74
FERNANDEZ, Scott
71
78
KOIVISTO, Tyler
75
74
KÖLBING, Jonas
74
75
96
MOORE, Bradley
73
76
102
CIANCHETTI, Luca
78
72
103
FORTINI, Giacomo
74
77
104
SARACINO, Andrea
77
75
105
LUNDBERG, Mikael
78
76
106
STUCCHI, Alessandro
75
81
DISQ
GEERTS, Philip
71
W/D
MAESTRONI, Andrea
81