Italian Open R4

McGowan bridges 11-year gap with emotional Italian victory

October 22-25
Chervò Golf Club, San Vigilio di Pozzolengo, Brescia, Italy
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Italian Open 2020 R4 - McGowan bridges 11-year gap with emotional Italian victory
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Ross McGowan sealed an emotional victory at the Italian Open, his first win in 11 years, as the Englishman holed a 20-foot putt at the last to overcome his playing partner Laurie Canter after a thrilling final day battle at Chervò Golf Club.


“My head is going full blast at the moment. Obviously I’m very happy, not happy with the way I played particularly but I got the ball in the hole which in the past has been my nemesis, so it was nice to be able to do that this week.”

The 38-year-old holed a plethora of long-range putts throughout the week in Brescia and once again, he had his putter to thank on the final day. His chance looked to have gone at the long par three 14th hole, where he found the water with his tee shot to leave him one over par for the day.



“When I hit the bunker shot on 16, that came exactly how I saw it and it obviously went in and the putter has been good all week, so I felt like if I put it to six or eight foot at 18 I had a good chance of making birdie.

“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about anything over that putt. I just looked at the hole, it was left edge, and obviously the rest is history.


“Neither of us played great, Laurie struggled a little with the putter but was much better tee-to-green than I was. But really I felt like the course didn’t suit me that much, it was quite long and I was hitting four or five iron into most of the par fours – even yesterday I hit five wood three or four times. Quite a few of the longer hitters were hitting six, seven or eight irons in so it was really a good week to make a lot of putts.

“Even when we played the practice round, I knew that fifth hole was going to be tough off the back tees, all depending on what the wind was doing when we got there. The front edge was right on the limit for my four iron and three iron is looking back edge or even longer, so you’re trying to fiddle something in there and find the middle of the green but unfortunately I hit it in the water. It was nice to bounce back straight afterward with an eagle there.



“I didn’t really foresee this, my form hasn’t been great. But I felt like I was playing better, definitely around the greens. I’m not sure I was expecting to be quite as bad as it was today but at the same time it’s moving forward now. I want to say thank you to Callaway for all their support over the last ten years or so. I think I’m going to have to go now and have a nice big glass of red wine and think about what’s next.”

But a superb up-and-down from the drop zone kept him in the mix and birdies at the 16th, where he holed out from a greenside bunker, and 18th earned him a one under 71 and a 20 under par winning total – his first European Tour title since the 2009 Madrid Masters.

His playing partner Canter had the chance to force a play-off with a birdie putt of his own just after McGowan’s, but the 30-year-old was left to rue missing out on his chance of a maiden title as he signed for a 72 to finish one back.

“It was horrible. The front nine, I actually felt like I played alright to be honest. I hit the ball nice for most of the day, but I was just exposed on the greens and around the greens. I just didn’t feel right, didn’t feel comfortable all day.



“I felt like it was right there for me today, the tournament really opened up for me or Ross to win it. I was surprised to be honest, nobody behind really came on us, so it’s about as good an opportunity as you could ever have to win a tournament to be honest. So I’ll just have to reflect on that and hopefully improve and go from there.

“I just need to be happy with the finish, it’s a good week and I played a lot of good golf and hopefully I am going to have a long career out here, but days like that obviously hurt. I’ll need to just think for a little bit, for a day or two, and reflect on what I didn’t do today. Hopefully I can have an opportunity to put it right. I’d love to win obviously, but we’ll see.”

Former Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts joined Canter in a share of second spot after the Belgian’s birdie at the par five closing hole – his fifth of the day having started the day with a bogey – earned him a four under 68, a 19 under total and his best finish of the season.



“I didn’t really make the ideal start, it was just a bit slow and I left a lot of putts short. I wasn’t really feeling that comfortable on the front nine, but then I figured if I made a blitz in I still would have had a chance.

“I made a few good putts in the last four or five holes to actually remain with a chance, but a wonderful way to finish from Ross so there’s no regrets at all. 




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Ross McGowan
-20
66
64
67
71
268
T2
Laurie Canter
-19
60
68
69
72
269
T2
Nicolas Colsaerts
-19
68
67
66
68
269
4
Sebastian Heisele
-18
68
67
66
69
270
T5
Adri Arnaus
-17
65
70
67
69
271
T5
Dean Burmester
-17
64
68
68
71
271
T5
Jonathan Caldwell
-17
67
68
68
68
271
T5
Martin Kaymer
-17
69
66
68
68
271
T5
Kristoffer Reitan
-17
66
70
70
65
271
T10
Marcus Armitage
-16
67
70
69
66
272
T10
Joost Luiten
-16
70
66
68
68
272
T10
Damien Perrier
-16
65
71
71
65
272
T10
Antoine Rozner
-16
68
71
68
65
272
T14
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-15
68
68
68
69
273
T14
Julien Quesne
-15
66
71
67
69
273
T16
Wil Besseling
-14
65
71
68
70
274
T16
Richard Bland
-14
65
70
70
69
274
T16
Bryce Easton
-14
68
69
69
68
274
T16
Nicolai Højgaard
-14
67
67
71
69
274
T16
Hurly Long (a)
-14
69
69
68
68
274
T16
Bernd Wiesberger
-14
67
68
68
71
274
T22
Aaron Cockerill
-13
67
72
69
67
275
T22
Louis De Jager
-13
68
68
67
72
275
T22
Adrian Meronk
-13
67
71
66
71
275
T22
Guido Migliozzi
-13
68
69
73
65
275
T22
Adrian Otaegui
-13
67
67
72
69
275
T22
Joel Sjoholm
-13
68
70
67
70
275
T22
Joël Stalter
-13
73
66
70
66
275
T22
Dale Whitnell
-13
68
70
71
66
275
T30
Matthew Jordan
-12
66
72
72
66
276
T30
Francesco Laporta
-12
68
70
69
69
276
T30
Niklas Lemke
-12
66
71
73
66
276
T30
Oscar Lengden
-12
65
71
70
70
276
T30
Federico Maccario
-12
70
70
68
68
276
T30
Matthieu Pavon
-12
70
65
70
71
276
T30
Matthias Schwab
-12
72
68
69
67
276
T30
Lee Westwood
-12
72
67
69
68
276
T30
Darius van Driel
-12
71
64
68
73
276
T39
Yikeun Chang
-11
70
66
70
71
277
T39
Jamie Donaldson
-11
68
69
68
72
277
T39
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-11
68
69
70
70
277
T39
Chris Paisley
-11
69
67
69
72
277
T39
Tapio Pulkkanen
-11
67
68
67
75
277
T39
Marcel Schneider
-11
69
70
68
70
277
T39
Marc Warren
-11
69
68
72
68
277
T46
Toby Tree
-10
68
69
70
71
278
T46
Johannes Veerman
-10
70
70
71
67
278
T48
Jorge Campillo
-9
68
71
68
72
279
T48
Jens Fahrbring
-9
70
67
68
74
279
T48
David Horsey
-9
69
67
74
69
279
T48
Scott Jamieson
-9
68
69
71
71
279
T48
Matt Wallace
-9
68
68
72
71
279
T53
Robin Roussel
-8
66
68
76
70
280
T53
Lars van Meijel
-8
70
69
72
69
280
T55
Maverick Antcliff
-7
70
67
71
73
281
T55
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-7
68
69
72
72
281
T55
Dave Coupland
-7
69
67
78
67
281
T55
Lorenzo Gagli
-7
70
69
72
70
281
T55
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-7
69
68
75
69
281
T60
Eduardo De la Riva
-6
68
72
72
70
282
T60
Cormac Sharvin
-6
69
69
69
75
282
T60
Daniel Young (a)
-6
68
70
72
72
282
T63
Lorenzo Scalise
-5
67
69
77
70
283
T63
Jack Senior
-5
66
72
74
71
283
T65
Renato Paratore
-4
71
69
74
70
284
T65
Steven Tiley
-4
68
71
66
79
284
CUT
Nino Bertasio
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
-3
72
69
141
CUT
David Drysdale
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Ben Evans
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
-3
67
74
141
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Daan Huizing
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Liam Johnston
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Victor Perez
-3
67
74
141
CUT
Andrea Romano (a)
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Adrien Saddier
-3
68
73
141
CUT
Ashun Wu
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
-2
67
75
142
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
-2
68
74
142
CUT
Justin Walters
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Steven Brown
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Tom Gandy
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Ricardo Santos
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Jason Scrivener
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
E
70
74
144
CUT
Giulio Castagnara
E
74
70
144
CUT
S.S.p. Chawrasia
E
74
70
144
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
73
144
CUT
Craig Howie
E
76
68
144
CUT
Matteo Manassero
E
71
73
144
CUT
Andrea Saracino
E
70
74
144
CUT
Romain Wattel
E
71
73
144
CUT
Wade Ormsby
1
71
74
145
CUT
Carlos Pigem
1
75
70
145
CUT
Scott Vincent
1
75
70
145
CUT
Clement Sordet
2
69
77
146
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
3
73
74
147
CUT
JC Ritchie
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jordan Smith
3
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
4
77
71
148
CUT
Benjamin Poke
4
80
68
148
CUT
Aron Zemmer
4
72
76
148
CUT
Tommaso Perrino
7
75
76
151
WD
Raphael Jacquelin
4
75
68
143
WD
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
64
69
74
207
WD
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
2
74
74
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