Italian Open R3

Fitzpatrick fights back to maintain advantage

October 10-13
Olgiata Golf Club, Rome, Italy
€7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick staged an impressive fightback with four birdies in his final six holes to maintain his one shot lead going into the final round of the Italian Open, the fifth event in the European Tour’s Rolex Series.

Italian Open R3 - Fitzpatrick staged an impressive fightback with four birdies in his final six holes to maintain his lead going into the final round
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“(My caddie) Billy just kept talking me through it, saying just be patient. I said to him down the hill on 12, it didn’t feel like I should be one over. It felt like the way my swing felt, I didn’t hit as many good as good shots as I would have liked around the turn, so that cost me a little bit. Put me back. But to finish the way I did, was great.”

The former Ryder Cup player bogeyed the second hole after an opening birdie and then slipped to one over par for his third round with a further bogey on the tenth hole. But he rallied impressively with birdies on the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes to sign for a round of 68 and preserve his one shot overnight advantage on 13 under par.

“The par saves on 11 and 12 were huge. They were really, really important, and they felt really good, as well, because it’s something I’ve been working on, my short game, obviously everyone is always working on something, but just to see it pay off today, particularly under the pressure was good.

“To put myself one in front going into tomorrow gives me a little bit of help, but yeah, I’m just looking forward and ready to go already.”

Fitzpatrick has finished runner up three times so far this season and he is seeking a sixth European Tour title to extend his winning run to five consecutive seasons.

His nearest rival is American Kurt Kitayama, a two-time winner already in 2019, who moved serenely through the field with a bogey-free round of 65 to sit one shot back on 12 under par.

“It was a good day. I missed a few greens but was able to get up-and-down and made some good putts. Playing bogey-free is always good, especially out here.

“I feel like I’ve been in pretty good control of my irons. My driver today was better. Just trying to keep it in play, really, and give myself a look at the green and take advantage of those.”

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre went one shot better with a seven under par round of 64 as he moved into contention for another shot at a maiden European Tour title.

“That round is up there (among his best this year). I seem to be getting in positions and just letting it fall away, but today, me and Greg have been talking about just staying in the present. Just do what we do, and today, we done that. Managed to get a good result.


“When I get too aggressive, it actually affects me. So it’s just about playing to my strengths and the course kind of suits the driver. So we’re just going at it this week and it seems to be working.

“My goal now is just trying to get my mind off trying to win. It’s about trying to get as many World Ranking points as I can to try to end the season as high as possible. Everybody knows why they want to end the season high, but the win is irrelevant of what I’m trying to achieve. I’ve just got to go and play my game, and if the win comes, well, I’m sure I’ll celebrate it.”

The Challenge Tour graduate has impressed in his rookie season on the European Tour, also finishing runner up on three occasions so far, and he will start the final round two shots adrift on 11 under par. Englishman Matt Wallace and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger share fourth place on 10 under par after both players carded rounds of 67.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-13
67
65
68
200
2
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-12
66
70
65
201
3
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-11
69
69
64
202
T4
Matt Wallace
ENG
-10
69
67
67
203
T4
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-10
66
70
67
203
6
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-9
68
70
66
204
T7
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-8
72
69
64
205
T7
Aaron Rai
ENG
-8
69
67
69
205
T7
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-8
67
68
70
205
T10
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
69
67
70
206
T10
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-7
68
68
70
206
T10
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-7
69
66
71
206
T13
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-6
69
70
68
207
T13
Danny Willett
ENG
-6
68
70
69
207
T13
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
68
69
70
207
T13
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-6
66
69
72
207
T13
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-6
67
66
74
207
T18
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
74
65
69
208
T18
Ross Fisher
ENG
-5
68
71
69
208
T18
Julian Suri
USA
-5
70
69
69
208
T18
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
68
69
71
208
T18
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-5
64
72
72
208
T23
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
72
69
68
209
T23
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
71
70
68
209
T23
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
72
67
70
209
T23
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
66
72
71
209
T23
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
71
65
73
209
T28
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
70
71
69
210
T28
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
70
71
69
210
T28
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
69
71
70
210
T28
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
71
71
210
T28
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-3
69
70
71
210
T28
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
70
67
73
210
T28
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-3
69
67
74
210
T28
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-3
65
70
75
210
T36
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
72
69
70
211
T36
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
71
70
211
T36
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
72
69
70
211
T36
David Horsey
ENG
-2
69
70
72
211
T36
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
69
70
72
211
T36
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
68
70
73
211
T36
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
70
68
73
211
T36
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
69
67
75
211
T44
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
70
72
70
212
T44
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
69
73
70
212
T44
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
74
68
70
212
T44
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
72
70
70
212
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
70
72
70
212
T44
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
70
70
72
212
T44
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
68
71
73
212
T51
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
70
72
71
213
T51
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
71
70
72
213
T51
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
71
70
72
213
T51
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
71
70
72
213
T51
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
72
69
72
213
T51
James Morrison
ENG
Par
72
68
73
213
T51
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
Par
72
66
75
213
T51
Justin Rose
ENG
Par
66
69
78
213
T59
Victor Perez
FRA
1
74
68
72
214
T59
Justin Harding
RSA
1
72
69
73
214
T59
Lee Westwood
ENG
1
69
72
73
214
T59
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
72
68
74
214
T63
Ashun Wu
CHI
3
70
70
76
216
T63
Kalle Samooja
FIN
3
70
69
77
216
T65
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
4
71
71
75
217
T65
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
74
68
75
217
67
David Lipsky
USA
5
72
70
76
218
68
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
71
71
77
219
69
Thomas Pieters
BEL
8
71
71
79
221
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
71
72
143
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
70
143
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
72
71
143
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
71
72
143
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
71
72
143
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
73
70
143
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
74
69
143
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
71
72
143
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
72
71
143
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
1
75
68
143
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
71
72
143
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
75
69
144
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
2
72
72
144
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
71
144
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
2
72
72
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
2
70
74
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
2
75
69
144
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
3
75
70
145
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
3
72
73
145
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
70
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
73
72
145
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
73
72
145
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
75
71
146
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
ITA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
4
71
75
146
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
71
75
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
74
72
146
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
5
70
77
147
CUT
Francesco Molinari
ITA
5
71
76
147
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
5
70
77
147
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
5
71
76
147
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
70
77
147
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
5
76
71
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
76
72
148
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
ITA
6
72
76
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
73
75
148
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
77
71
148
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
7
72
77
149
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
7
71
78
149
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
7
77
72
149
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
8
74
76
150
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
8
74
76
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
8
76
74
150
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
8
75
75
150
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
9
76
75
151
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
9
76
75
151
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
9
73
78
151
CUT
David Law
SCO
10
77
75
152
CUT
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli
ITA
11
85
68
153
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
11
76
77
153
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
12
76
78
154
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
14
82
74
156
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
15
77
80
157
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
19
80
81
161
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
19
83
78
161
RET
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
0
RET
David Howell
ENG
Par
79
79
RET
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
73
73