Alps Tour: Gosser Open 2024 to Steinlechner

Austrian golfer Maximilian Steinlechner emerged victorious at the 32nd edition of the Gosser Open, one of the most anticipated and longstanding events on the Alps Tour

by Andrea Gussoni
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Alps Tour: Gosser Open 2024 to Steinlechner
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Austrian golfer Maximilian Steinlechner emerged victorious at the 32nd edition of the Gosser Open, one of the most anticipated and longstanding events on the Alps Tour. The tournament took place at the GC Erzherzog Johann course (par 72) in Maria Lankowitz, near Graz, Austria.

Steinlechner clinched the title with a total score of 199 (67 68 64, -17), edging out Spanish player Asier Aguirre Izcue in a playoff after both players finished tied at the end of regulation play.

Gosser Open, results

Enrico Di Nitto delivered another strong performance, securing third place with a score of 201 (67 68 66, -15).

This marks Di Nitto's third top-three finish in six events this season, following his second-place finishes in the Red Sea Little Venice Open and the previous Memorial Giorgio Bordoni by AON. Despite completing the 54 holes without a bogey and making 15 birdies (including six in the final round of 66, -6), the 31-year-old Roman fell short of the top spot.

Italian amateur Marco Florioli also impressed, finishing fourth with a score of 204 (67 68 69, -12), demonstrating strong authority on the course throughout the tournament. He was joined by French players Nicolas Muller and Paul Elissalde, Hungarian Oliver Csanyi, Spanish player Borja Martin, and Austrian Lukas Nemecz, who led after two rounds alongside Aguirre Izcue and has previously won the tournament twice (in 2017 and 2020).

Among other Italians, Andrea Romano finished 14th with a score of 206 (-10), Riccardo Bregoli placed 18th with 207 (-9), Davide Buchi finished 24th with 208 (-8), while Filippo Bergamaschi and Giovanni Manzoni tied for 31st with 210 (-6).

Gianmaria Rean Trinchero and Leonardo Rigotti finished tied for 40th with 211 (-5), and Filippo Grossi placed 44th with 212 (-4). Maximilian Steinlechner, a 24-year-old from Innsbruck and a graduate of North Carolina State University, turned professional in 2023.

Starting fourth after two rounds, he surged with a final round score of 64 (-8), the best of the day, forcing a playoff with Aguirre Izcue after securing his eighth birdie (without a bogey) on the final green. For his first title, Steinlechner received a prize of €5,800 from a total purse of €40,000.

In the order of merit, Di Nitto rose from fourth to third place, trailing behind Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli, who maintained his lead despite missing the cut, and Frenchman Aymeric Laussot (who withdrew). Gianmaria Rean Trinchero (5th) and Mattia Comotti (6th) also made it into the top ten.

The Italian contingent has already secured three victories this season with Lipparelli (New Giza Open), Gianmaria Rean Trinchero (Tunisian Golf Open), and Comotti (Memorial Giorgio Bordoni by AON).

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