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Final Italian Open leaderboard 2018

Final Italian Open leaderboard

The final leaderboard from Gardagolf Country Club, where Thorbjorn Olesen won his first title since 2016

 

Final Italian Open leaderboard 2018:

PositionNameNationScore
1Thorbjorn OlesenDenmark-22
2Francesco MolinariItaly-21
3Lee SlatteryEngland-20
4Rafa Cabrera-BelloSpain-18
T5Andy Sullivan
Lee Westwood
Graeme McDowell
England
England
Northern Ireland
-17
T8Callum Shinkwin
Ryan Fox
Jordan Smith
Martin Kaymer
Ian Poulter
Danny Willett
England
New Zealand
England
Germany
England
England
-16

Italian Open Report

Thorbjorn Olesen fired a final round 64 to win the Italian Open on a thrilling final day at Gardagolf Country Club.

Olesen had made seven birdies in the round and headed to the final tee with a two-shot lead. In the group ahead, the home favourite Francesco Molinari drained a huge birdie putt to get within one shot.

The Italian, who typically exudes calmness on the course, broke into jubilant celebration and gave himself a chance of winning back-to-back Rolex Series events after winning last week’s BMW PGA Championship.

Olesen hooked his drive well left and found the right greenside bunker with his approach. It was simple: get up-and-down to win.

The bunker shot ran out to eight feet, where the Dane relied on his putter, yet again, to roll it in and win his fifth European Tour title.

Elsewhere, England’s Lee Slattery backed up Saturday’s 62 with a four-under-par 67 to finish solo third, Rafa Cabrera Bello finished fourth, while Ryder Cup vice-captains Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell made significant moves to finish tied for fifth alongside Andy Sullivan.

Read Keel Timmins’ full round-up from Gardagolf here

What did you make of Thorbjorn Olesen’s win? Were there any surprises on the final leaderboard at the 2018 Italian Open? Let us know your thoughts with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

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