At the end of a week of great golf on the course of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, just outside Rome, it is the Scottish Robert MacIntyre who raises the trophy of the winner of the 79th edition of the Italian Open.
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The 26-year-old spoke to Sky after what is the second success in his professional career: “I felt I was playing in incredible ways today, after a week of being very solid. Today the first nine went very well, then I did something wrong in the second nine, but I never lost hope ”.
The canonical 72 holes were not enough to decide the winner, with MacIntyre winning the first playoff on Matt Fitzpatrick: “This is golf. I struggled all year, I had to make some changes in my game in the last few months and obviously the hard work has paid off.
" Finally, a brief analysis of his performance and the Roman course: "The rough was brutal, very difficult, but for today the difference was made by the blows with the irons. I have worked a lot on my game with irons in the last year because it has always been a weakness of mine.
On a course like this you can also take the fairways but then it is important to arrive on the green on the right side, the slopes were not easy to read " The DS Automobiles Italian Open (in Italian Open d'Italia) is the main Italian men's golf tournament.
It was founded in 1925, except for 1933 and in World War II. Since 1960, it has been played annually. After a hiatus of eleven years, he returns in 1971. He is part of the European Tour. In 2018, the 75 edition of the tournament was held.
MacIntyre had a successful amateur career. In 2013 he won both the Scottish Youths Championship and the Scottish Boys Open Stroke-Play Championship. He won the Scottish Amateur in 2015 and in 2016 he lost 2&1 to Scott Gregory in the final of the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. MacIntyre represented Scotland in the 2016 Eisenhower Trophy and played in the 2017 Walker Cup. He attended McNeese State University from 2014 to 2015.