Senior Italian Open R3

Victory Lane for Barry in Italian play-off

May 30 – June 01
Villaverde Resort, Fagagna, Italy
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2

Barry Lane overcame his self-proclaimed “terrible play-off record” by birdieing the second extra hole to win the Senior Italian Open at Villaverde Resort.

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The Englishman, who lost three play-offs on the European Tour, and also previously came up short in a marathon six-hole play-off at the 2014 MCB Tour Championship on the Staysure Tour, produced some of his best golf when it mattered the most—birdieing the final hole of regulation, and then repeating the feat on the second extra hole to defeat an inspired opponent in Frenchman Marc Farry.

“I’ve been just terrible in play-offs, but you can’t worry about that,” he said. “You’ve just got to play your game and keep your foot to the pedal.”

Lane stiffed his approach in the second hole of extra time, and then walked in his eight-foot birdie putt when it was halfway to the cup.

“I watched a couple of the guys putt that one, and as soon as it was a few feet from the hole, I knew it was in,” he noted.


The win marks Lane’s seventh victory on the Staysure Tour and also adds to the five European Tour trophies he has lifted in his career.

The 58-year-old last won on the over-50s circuit in 2017, at the Willow Senior Golf Classic, but his triumph in Italy might not have happened had it not been for a long car ride in America, following a disappointing performance at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship last week.

“I actually played so poorly the last few weeks,” he said. “I had a very long, six-hour drive from Rochester to the airport in New York and I said to my wife Camilla, ‘You know, I’ve always been the same. When I practice really hard and work on something I can’t get it out of my mind and I go out onto the golf course trying to do that, instead of just playing golf.’

“So I said, ‘Next week that’s all I’m going to do is just play golf and try to score, and that’s exactly what I did.’”

Despite never leading the Senior Italian Open until it was over, Lane hung around the top of the leaderboard, carding only four bogeys for the week, and was ultimately thrilled with his effort.

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“That’s why we’re out here—to win golf tournaments, that’s all we want to do,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling, you never lose the love of this feeling, because you never know, the standard out here in incredible.”

The victory moves Lane to third on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit, while last year’s winner—and Number One coming into this week—Paul Broadhurst, was overtaken by José Coceres, who began the day tied for the lead with Farry, but fell off before birdieing three of his last four holes to finish in a tie for third.

Despite the play-off defeat, Farry has moved into the top five on the Order of Merit and will look to carry his fine form and newfound confidence onto home-soil next week when the Staysure Tour heads to northern France for the inaugural Arras Open Senior Hauts de France by Jean van de Velde at Arras Golf Resort in Anzin-Saint-Aubin.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
LANE, Barry
-8
69
72
67
208
2
FARRY, Marc
-8
72
66
70
208
3
MARTIN, Miguel Angel
-7
70
70
69
209
SHACKLADY, David
-7
71
69
69
209
REMESY, Jean-François
-7
71
68
70
209
COCERES, José
-7
71
67
71
209
7
PRICE, Phillip
-6
70
71
69
210
EALES, Paul
-6
72
69
69
210
9
WOLSTENHOLME, Gary
-5
68
74
69
211
CHAPMAN, Roger
-5
72
70
69
211
STREETER, Paul
-5
71
69
71
211
SANDELIN, Jarmo
-5
71
69
71
211
13
CARRILES, José Manuel
-4
71
73
68
212
GOMEZ, Rafael
-4
71
71
70
212
EVANS, Gary
-4
68
74
70
212
O’MALLEY, Peter
-4
70
71
71
212
ORR, Gary
-4
68
72
72
212
BOSSERT, André
-4
71
69
72
212
19
LUNA, Santiago
-3
70
73
70
213
MCNULTY, Mark
-3
71
71
71
213
21
SUNESON, Carl
-2
72
70
72
214
22
QUIROS, Juan
-1
73
72
70
215
TINNING, Steen
-1
75
70
70
215
ATLEVI, Magnus P
-1
73
71
71
215
FOWLER, Peter
-1
72
72
71
215
BRIER, Markus
-1
68
75
72
215
27
WILLIAMS, Chris
Par
70
75
71
216
MOLINA, Mauricio
Par
71
73
72
216
BAKER, Peter
Par
71
71
74
216
30
BROWN, Simon P
1
71
73
73
217
DENNIS, Clark
1
71
74
72
217
GILFORD, David
1
73
70
74
217
GOLDING, Philip
1
73
74
70
217
34
DRUMMOND, Ross
2
76
68
74
218
BRAND JNR, Gordon
2
74
74
70
218
36
KINGSTON, James
3
71
73
75
219
LOMAS, Jonathan
3
76
71
72
219
LITTLE, Stuart
3
76
73
70
219
THELEN, Tim
3
76
72
71
219
40
OLSEN, Dan
5
76
72
73
221
OLDCORN, Andrew
5
75
75
71
221
42
MACKENZIE, Malcolm
6
72
75
75
222
MARTINEZ, Zeke P
6
72
76
74
222
44
PIETROBONO, Gianluca
7
77
69
77
223
DODD, Stephen
7
76
73
74
223
46
JOB, Nick
9
77
75
73
225
BIANCO, Mauro
9
77
78
70
225
48
MOULAND, Mark
11
77
74
76
227
EMERSON, Gary
11
78
76
73
227
50
MASON, Carl
13
71
76
82
229
51
RICHARDSON, Steven
14
74
76
80
230
ROCCA, Costantino
14
80
76
74
230
53
WALTON, Philip
18
77
76
81
234
54
BOLLA (AM), Gianluca
21
84
77
76
237
55
SHERBORNE, Andrew
23
81
77
81
239
56
BELLINI (AM), Marco
25
80
81
80
241
57
FRANCO (AM), Massimo
28
81
86
77
244