Staysure Tour

Senior Italian Open 2018

June 15-17

Golf Club Udine, Fagagna, Italy

$300,000

June 15-17

Golf Club Udine, Fagagna, Italy

$300,000

Round 3

Clark Dennis makes history at Senior Italian Open

June 17, 2018

Clark Dennis became the first player to win the Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort twice as he defended his 2017 success with victory in a play-off at Golf Club Udine.

Clark Dennis makes history at Senior Italian Open, © Getty Images

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The American, who won last season’s tournament via a play-off after severe rain and thunderstorms abandoned the event after 36 holes, defended the title with another play-off triumph as he beat Rafael Gomez to write his name in the history books and become the first player to win two Senior Italian Opens.

Dennis did not have it all his way as Argentine Gomez led for most of the day. However, a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole forced a play-off as Gomez three-putted for bogey to tie at 13 under par. The title was decided back on the 18th green as Dennis tapped in for par on the first extra hole while Gomez struggled from the fringe at the back of the green following a wayward tee shot.

The Argentinean was in control for the majority of Sunday as he holed three birdie putts on the opening six holes to move ahead by one. However, Dennis quickly drew level with a birdie on the seventh before Gomez made a further move into the lead. Three birdies and a bogey after the turn gave the 2018 Staysure Tour Qualifying School victor a chance of a debut win, but Dennis was determined to remain in the fight.

Even after a birdie on the 13th and a bogey on the following hole, the American, who topped the Staysure Tour Order of Merit in 2017, kept the pressure on down the final stretch. This showed on the 18th green as Gomez, who had a two-shot lead, three putted from the fringe and Dennis forced the play-off with a rousing birdie to card a three under par round of 69.

After success in 2017, when he defeated Peter Fowler in a play-off, Dennis was delighted to take the title once again and crown himself a two-time winner of the Senior Italian Open.

“It feels fantastic, if not a bit surprising. I really thought I was out of the tournament when I missed the short birdie putt on 17,” he said. “Gomez had a two-shot lead going up 18 and he hit a fantastic drive but I did not expect him to make bogey. I had a pretty long putt and happened to make it, while he made bogey, and now, here I am as the champion.

“He did not hit a good drive in the play-off and I knew he was in trouble. I knew if I hit a good drive and hit the green I knew I’d have a good chance, and that’s how it worked out.

“I love Italy – it’s great here. The people are fantastic, and this setting is beautiful. Mr Lualdi has done a fantastic job building up this golf course and resort, and it’s a beautiful place.

“It’s a special win on Father’s Day and I’m just happy to be the champion again.”

Behind the leading duo, Phillip Price shot a bogey-free six under par round of 66 to jump up four places and finish a shot back from Dennis and Gomez on 12 under par. While South African Chris Williams maintained his excellent start to the season with a fourth-place finish.

Pos.
Name
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Official Prize Money
1
DENNIS Clark
USA
-13
67
67
69
203
€ 45,000
2
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-13
66
69
68
203
€ 30,000
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-12
69
69
66
204
€ 21,000
4
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-11
68
67
70
205
€ 16,500
5
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-10
70
66
70
206
€ 13,590
6
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-9
67
70
70
207
€ 10,800
6
LANE Barry
ENG
-9
69
72
66
207
€ 10,800
6
STREETER Paul
ENG
-9
70
70
67
207
€ 10,800
9
BAKER Peter
ENG
-8
71
70
67
208
€ 7,800
9
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-8
66
71
71
208
€ 7,800
9
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-8
69
69
70
208
€ 7,800
12
DODD Stephen
WAL
-7
67
72
70
209
€ 6,300
12
TINNING Steen
DEN
-7
69
72
68
209
€ 6,300
14
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-5
71
71
69
211
€ 5,700
15
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-4
71
69
72
212
€ 5,250
15
WILSON Peter T
ENG
-4
72
69
71
212
€ 5,250
17
KEMP John
ENG
-3
74
72
67
213
€ 4,530
17
ORR Gary
SCO
-3
71
70
72
213
€ 4,530
17
TURNER Greg
NZL
-3
74
70
69
213
€ 4,530
20
MONASTERIO Cesar
ARG
-2
75
68
71
214
€ 3,930
20
THELEN Tim
USA
-2
75
67
72
214
€ 3,930
22
BROWN Simon P
ENG
-1
71
73
71
215
€ 3,318
22
EALES Paul
ENG
-1
74
69
72
215
€ 3,318
22
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
-1
74
70
71
215
€ 3,318
22
MANSON Gordon
AUT
-1
74
73
68
215
€ 3,318
22
MOULAND Mark
WAL
-1
70
72
73
215
€ 3,318
27
FARRY Marc
FRA
0
71
74
71
216
€ 2,646
27
KINGSTON James
RSA
0
70
71
75
216
€ 2,646
27
LUNA Santiago
ESP
0
72
73
71
216
€ 2,646
27
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
0
73
74
69
216
€ 2,646
27
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
0
70
76
70
216
€ 2,646
32
BOSSERT André
SUI
1
73
74
70
217
€ 2,280
32
EMERSON Gary
ENG
1
75
72
70
217
€ 2,280
32
RAFFERTY Ronan
NIR
1
73
69
75
217
€ 2,280
35
DRUMMOND Ross
SCO
2
74
76
68
218
€ 2,100
35
HARWOOD Mike
AUS
2
73
72
73
218
€ 2,100
37
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
3
75
77
67
219
€ 2,010
38
ACUTIS Carlo Alberto
ITA
4
71
76
73
220
€ 1,860
38
BIANCO Mauro
ITA
4
77
75
68
220
€ 1,860
38
SUNESON Carl
ESP
4
78
71
71
220
€ 1,860
38
WALTON Philip
IRL
4
72
75
73
220
€ 1,860
42
GILFORD David
ENG
5
74
74
73
221
€ 1,650
42
MARTINEZ Zeke P
USA
5
78
74
69
221
€ 1,650
42
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
5
74
73
74
221
€ 1,650
45
GOLDING Philip
ENG
6
78
73
71
222
€ 1,470
45
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
6
79
71
72
222
€ 1,470
45
STRÜVER Sven
GER
6
75
74
73
222
€ 1,470
48
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
10
72
77
77
226
€ 1,320
48
RIVERO José
ESP
10
79
74
73
226
€ 1,320
50
MARKS Gary
ENG
11
76
74
77
227
€ 1,230
51
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
15
79
76
76
231
€ 1,170
52
BRAND JNR Gordon
SCO
18
80
78
76
234
€ 1,110
53
BRAND Gordon J
ENG
23
80
82
77
239
€ 1,050
54
MASON Carl
ENG
-1
71
0
0
71
€ 0
Pos.
Name
Nat.
To Par
Total
Official Prize Money
1
DENNIS Clark
USA
-13
203
€ 45,000
2
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-13
203
€ 30,000
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-12
204
€ 21,000
4
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-11
205
€ 16,500
5
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-10
206
€ 13,590
6
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-9
207
€ 10,800
6
LANE Barry
ENG
-9
207
€ 10,800
6
STREETER Paul
ENG
-9
207
€ 10,800
9
BAKER Peter
ENG
-8
208
€ 7,800
9
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-8
208
€ 7,800
9
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
-8
208
€ 7,800
12
DODD Stephen
WAL
-7
209
€ 6,300
12
TINNING Steen
DEN
-7
209
€ 6,300
14
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-5
211
€ 5,700
15
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-4
212
€ 5,250
15
WILSON Peter T
ENG
-4
212
€ 5,250
17
KEMP John
ENG
-3
213
€ 4,530
17
ORR Gary
SCO
-3
213
€ 4,530
17
TURNER Greg
NZL
-3
213
€ 4,530
20
MONASTERIO Cesar
ARG
-2
214
€ 3,930
20
THELEN Tim
USA
-2
214
€ 3,930
22
BROWN Simon P
ENG
-1
215
€ 3,318
22
EALES Paul
ENG
-1
215
€ 3,318
22
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
-1
215
€ 3,318
22
MANSON Gordon
AUT
-1
215
€ 3,318
22
MOULAND Mark
WAL
-1
215
€ 3,318
27
FARRY Marc
FRA
0
216
€ 2,646
27
KINGSTON James
RSA
0
216
€ 2,646
27
LUNA Santiago
ESP
0
216
€ 2,646
27
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
0
216
€ 2,646
27
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
0
216
€ 2,646
32
BOSSERT André
SUI
1
217
€ 2,280
32
EMERSON Gary
ENG
1
217
€ 2,280
32
RAFFERTY Ronan
NIR
1
217
€ 2,280
35
DRUMMOND Ross
SCO
2
218
€ 2,100
35
HARWOOD Mike
AUS
2
218
€ 2,100
37
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
3
219
€ 2,010
38
ACUTIS Carlo Alberto
ITA
4
220
€ 1,860
38
BIANCO Mauro
ITA
4
220
€ 1,860
38
SUNESON Carl
ESP
4
220
€ 1,860
38
WALTON Philip
IRL
4
220
€ 1,860
42
GILFORD David
ENG
5
221
€ 1,650
42
MARTINEZ Zeke P
USA
5
221
€ 1,650
42
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
5
221
€ 1,650
45
GOLDING Philip
ENG
6
222
€ 1,470
45
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
6
222
€ 1,470
45
STRÜVER Sven
GER
6
222
€ 1,470
48
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
10
226
€ 1,320
48
RIVERO José
ESP
10
226
€ 1,320
50
MARKS Gary
ENG
11
227
€ 1,230
51
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
15
231
€ 1,170
52
BRAND JNR Gordon
SCO
18
234
€ 1,110
53
BRAND Gordon J
ENG
23
239
€ 1,050
54
MASON Carl
ENG
-1
71
€ 0