Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre has defeated US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick in a play-off to win his second European Tour title within the Italian Open.
MacIntyre birdied the primary further gap at Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership, the venue for subsequent 12 months’s Ryder Cup, after he and Fitzpatrick had completed tied on 14 below par, a shot forward of France’s Victor Perez, on Sunday.
Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy, who was inside a shot of the lead till hitting his tee shot on the 16th into the water, completed fourth on 12 below.
Australian Lucas Herbert, who had additionally been within the combine for victory, ended up having to accept joint-fifth place at 11 below
“This implies every thing,” MacIntyre mentioned.
“I used to be down and out two or three months in the past.
“I did not know what I used to be doing, did not know the place to go, however we spoke to the fitting folks, began working with (coach) Simon Shanks and I’ve hit two of the proper golf photographs into the final there. There’s a lot laborious work gone into this.
“I’ve obtained a dogged perspective, by no means hand over. I get punched however I punch again. The birdies coming in had been large and fortunately I obtained one there within the play-off.”
MacIntyre started the ultimate spherical three photographs off Fitzpatrick’s lead, however stormed to the highest of the leaderboard with six birdies in a entrance 9 of 29.
A bogey on the 10th briefly halted MacIntyre’s cost, however he birdied the 12th and 13th and at that time was three away from Fitzpatrick, who had adopted 10 straight pars with a birdie on the 11th.
Nonetheless, Fitzpatrick then got here agonisingly near an albatross on the par-five 12th as his method from 212 yards hit the centre of the pin and left him simply three toes for eagle, whereas MacIntyre was dropping a shot on the 14th.
MacIntyre additionally bogeyed the 15th however birdied the 16th and 18th to set the clubhouse goal, with Fitzpatrick additionally making a birdie on the ultimate gap to pressure the play-off after dropping a shot on the 17th.
Herbert, who’d been simply two photographs behind going into the ultimate spherical, successfully misplaced his probability with a bogey on the 10th.
Three subsequent birdies within the final seven holes for a three-under par 68 was not sufficient to tug him into the championship duel.