Robert MacIntyre secures Italian Open title after play-off victory vs Matt Fitzpatrick in DP World Tour occasion

The victory is the second DP World Tour success in Robert MacIntyre’s profession so far, and denies Matt Fitzpatrick a second tour win of the season; Fitzpatrick grew to become US Open champion this yr again in June; each gamers completed on 14 below earlier than play-off down the 18th gap

Final Up to date: 18/09/22 5:29pm


Robert MacIntyre claimed the Italian Open title after England’s Matt Fitzpatrick compelled a play-off

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre claimed the Italian Open title after beating England’s Matt Fitzpatrick on the first play-off gap within the DP World Tour occasion.

A monumental 10 birdies in a ultimate spherical of 64 noticed MacIntyre submit a rating of 14 below, earlier than US Open champion Fitzpatrick birdied the 18th to drive a play-off.

The Englishman may solely par the primary play-off gap, nonetheless, after a poor tee shot, whereas MacIntyre birdied the opening to safe the win.

The victory is the second DP World Tour success in MacIntyre’s profession so far, and denies Fitzpatrick a second tour win of the season.

The victory can also be MacIntyre’s first in 48 occasions, with the Scot aiming for 2023 Ryder Cup choice on the similar venue – the Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership in Guidonia Montecelio close to Rome – when the match takes place in a yr’s time.

Rory McIlroy completed two pictures again in fourth place at 12 below, whereas France’s Victor Perez was a shot off MacIntyre and Fitzpatrick at 13 below, lacking a birdie likelihood on the 18th to be a part of the play-off.

“This implies every thing,” MacIntyre advised Sky Sports activities after securing victory.

“I used to be down and out about 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 appropriate folks, began working with (coach) Simon Shanks.

“There’s a lot work gone into this Mike (Thomson) my caddie, household, associates, everybody.

“I hit a horrible shot on 15 and thought it was backs towards the wall.

“However we dug in. I’ve bought a dogged angle, I by no means hand over and if I get punched, I punch again.”

The Scot survived challenges from Fitzpatrick and Rory McIlroy to go on and win the tournament

The Scot survived challenges from Fitzpatrick and Rory McIlroy to go on and win the match

Of his hopes for Ryder Cup choice, MacIntyre added: “It is my primary aim. My solely aim for the following yr actually.

“I’ve performed it on this golf course. However I did not really feel this week was going to be the one, the model in fact, and the best way I used to be enjoying.

“We labored on just a few issues Tuesday and Wednesday and I felt so in charge of my recreation this week. My method play has simply gone up a notch.”

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