Italian Open R1

Pulkkanen sets early pace in Italy

October 10-13
Olgiata Golf Club, Rome, Italy
€7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen fired a bogey-free seven under par round of 64 to take a one shot lead after the opening round of the Italian Open – the fifth event in the European Tour’s Rolex Series – with World Number Five Justin Rose among those in contention in Rome.

Italian Open R1 - Pulkkanen sets early pace in Italy
Credit: Getty Images

“I’m really happy with the score. My putter was really hot today, and I didn’t make any bogeys, so it was good.”

Pulkkanen is currently in 102nd position on the Race to Dubai with only one top ten finish so far this season – eighth place in the Trophée Hassan II – but he posted the lowest opening round of his European Tour career to head a strong leaderboard at Olgiata Golf Club.

The 29 year old carded five birdies on his front nine after starting on the tenth tee and added two more on the way to sit one shot clear of Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini, who birdied his final hole for a round of 65.

“I made a lot of long putts. I was just actually trying to lag it close, and made a lot of putts by doing that. I felt like the greens were really quick today. Especially in the morning, first group. Monday, Tuesday, was not that quick, so I had to be really careful with the putting.


“I think my first year on the European Tour was a learning year. Second year has been more comfortable being here. I haven’t played that well in the Rolex tournaments, so this is kind of new situation, but it’s a long way to go and I feel good about my game.”

Olympic Champion Rose, who is chasing his third Rolex Series title, is in a group of five players one shot further back on five under par after posting five birdies in his final eight holes after mixing two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine.

“Probably my putting is what I was happiest with today. I really rolled is beautifully from 10, 12, 15 foot today, capitalised a lot on my opportunities, and felt like it was one of those days where I worked off the golf course going, I made the most of that round for sure.”

He shares third place with Dutchman Joost Luiten, American Kurt Kitayama, Rolex Series winner Bernd Wiesberger, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion, and India’s Shubhankar Sharma, who birdied the 16 th and eagled the 17th in his 66.

“I hit a lot of good putts before that and they weren’t falling, so I was kind of getting easier to make a few birdies coming in,” said Sharma. “That tee shot on the 16th was really good, a great four iron to about seven, eight feet, and I made that putt.
“And 17, again, a good drive and a good four iron to the middle of the green and that putt obviously was a bonus. It was like a 40-footer that I made, so pretty happy.”

Italian Francesco Molinari, the 2018 Open Champion and two-time Italian Open champion, opened with a level par round of 71.



Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
64
2
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-6
65
T3
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-5
66
T3
Joost Luiten
NED
-5
66
T3
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-5
66
T3
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
66
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
66
T8
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-4
67
T8
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-4
67
T8
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-4
67
T11
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
68
T11
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
68
T11
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
68
T11
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
T11
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
68
T11
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-3
68
T11
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-3
68
T11
Danny Willett
ENG
-3
68
T11
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
68
T20
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
69
T20
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
69
T20
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-2
69
T20
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
69
T20
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
69
T20
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
69
T20
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
69
T20
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-2
69
T20
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
69
T20
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
69
T20
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
69
T20
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
69
T20
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-2
69
T20
Lee Westwood
ENG
-2
69
T20
David Horsey
ENG
-2
69
T35
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
70
T35
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
T35
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-1
70
T35
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
70
T35
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
70
T35
Luke Donald
ENG
-1
70
T35
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
70
T35
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
70
T35
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
70
T35
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
70
T35
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-1
70
T35
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
70
T35
Ashun Wu
CHI
-1
70
T35
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
70
T35
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
70
T35
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
70
T35
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-1
70
T35
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
70
T35
Julian Suri
USA
-1
70
T54
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
71
T54
Lee Slattery
ENG
Par
71
T54
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
71
T54
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
71
T54
Francesco Molinari
ITA
Par
71
T54
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
71
T54
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
Par
71
T54
Gavin Green
MAS
Par
71
T54
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
71
T54
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
71
T54
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
71
T54
Paul Casey
ENG
Par
71
T54
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
71
T54
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
71
T54
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
71
T54
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
71
T54
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
71
T54
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
71
T72
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
72
T72
Justin Harding
RSA
1
72
T72
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
72
T72
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
72
T72
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
72
T72
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
1
72
T72
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
72
T72
Jorge Campillo
ESP
1
72
T72
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
72
T72
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
72
T72
Lorenzo Scalise
ITA
1
72
T72
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
72
T72
David Lipsky
USA
1
72
T72
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
1
72
T72
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
72
T72
Alexander Noren
SWE
1
72
T72
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
72
T72
James Morrison
ENG
1
72
T72
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
72
T72
Andres Romero
ARG
1
72
T72
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
1
72
T72
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
72
T94
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
73
T94
Enrico Di Nitto
ITA
2
73
T94
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
2
73
T94
Haotong Li
CHN
2
73
T94
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
73
T94
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
73
T94
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
73
T94
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
73
T94
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
T103
Trevor Immelman
RSA
3
74
T103
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
3
74
T103
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
74
T103
Thomas Aiken
RSA
3
74
T103
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
74
T103
Lucas Herbert
AUS
3
74
T103
Steven Brown
ENG
3
74
T103
Padraig Harrington
IRL
3
74
T103
Victor Perez
FRA
3
74
T103
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
3
74
T113
Stuart Manley
WAL
4
75
T113
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
75
T113
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
75
T113
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
75
T113
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
75
T113
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
75
T113
David Drysdale
SCO
4
75
T113
Robert Rock
ENG
4
75
T113
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
4
75
T122
Liam Johnston
SCO
5
76
T122
Jens Dantorp
SWE
5
76
T122
Scott Jamieson
SCO
5
76
T122
Michael Campbell
NZL
5
76
T122
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
76
T122
Chris Wood
ENG
5
76
T122
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
76
T129
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
6
77
T129
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
77
T129
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
77
T129
David Law
SCO
6
77
133
David Howell
ENG
8
79
134
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
9
80
135
Scott Hend
AUS
11
82
136
Kim Koivu
FIN
12
83
137
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli
ITA
14
85
RET
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par