Italian Open: quartet at the top, De Leo sixth

In command with 203 (-10) a quartet made up of the Frenchman Antoine Rozner, the German Marcel Siem, the Dane Sebastian Friedrichsen and the Indian Shubhankar Sharma

by Andrea Gussoni
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Italian Open: quartet at the top, De Leo sixth
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Two Italians in the top ten after the "moving day" who will try to compete for the title in the 81st Italian Open presented by the Emilia-Romagna Region, which ends with the fourth round on the Adriatic Golf Club course (par 71) in Cervia.

They are Gregorio De Leo, in sixth place with 205 (72 67 66, -8) shots after a great recovery from 34th, and Andrea Pavan, in ninth with 206 (64 73 69, -7). In command with 203 (-10) a quartet made up of the Frenchman Antoine Rozner, the German Marcel Siem, the Dane Sebastian Friedrichsen and the Indian Shubhankar Sharma.

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The protagonist of the day was the Frenchman Antoine Rozner (69 72 62), who with a spectacular 62 (-9) flew to the top of the rankings from the 56th and last position he occupied after 36 holes, remaining leader in the club house for several hours.

Sharma (68 68 67) was the first to reach it, then Siem (69 68 66) and Friedrichsen (64 71 68) hooked up with a birdie on the last hole. In fifth place with 204 (-9) the Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and, together with De Leo, the Swiss Joel Girrbach and the Englishman Andrew Wilson.

The American Gunner Wiebe is on par with Pavan, at the top after two rounds, and only 43rd with 210 (-3) the expected American and Patrick Reed. Of the other Italians, Filippo Celli remained essentially in the same position, 27th with 208 (-5), flanked by Matteo Manassero who recovered seven with a partial of 69 (-2).

Steps backwards by Edoardo Molinari, 43rd with 210 (-3), and forwards by Guido Migliozzi, winner of the KLM Open last Sunday, who shares the position. Followed by Lorenzo Scalise, 49th with 211 (-2), Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, 59th with 213 (par), and Aron Zemmer, 65th with 214 (+1).

Antoine Rozner, a 31-year-old Parisian with three successes on the circuit and two on the Challenge Tour, at his 116th appearance, scored the lowest score of the tour and at the time of the tournament with an eagle and seven birdies: “I entered the field – he said – without have nothing to lose.

The climatic conditions proved to be enchanting as were the greens, which were fantastic. I took advantage of it, it was a great day, to remember." Gregorio De Leo, a 24-year-old from Biella, three successes on the 2022 Alps Tour with first place in the order of merit and passage to the 2023 Challenge Tour, scored an eagle, four birdies and a bogey, climbing 28 steps up the rankings.

He is very confident: “After an uphill start I managed to stay calm and, hole after hole, I gained strokes and positions. I'm really satisfied, I've been playing very well for a while and I hope to close this tournament on a high.

Being here at the Italian Open represents a great satisfaction. How much do you win with?' I think with -14. If it can be done? Why not!". Sebastian Friedrichsen, 21 years old, in his 19th appearance, earned his pass to the DP World Tour with third place at the Qualifying School.

In his 68 (-3) five birdies and two bogeys. Shubhankar Sharma, a 27-year-old from Jhansi, 167 starts, two titles on the circuit, the last in 2018, and the youngest Indian to win the DP World Tour, has a chance to return to success despite a mixed season with only one top ten ( 7th in the Porsche Singapore Classic).

In his 67 (-4) four birdies with no bogeys. Marcel Siem, a 43-year-old from Mettman, 533 tournaments on the tour with five titles and a World Cup (in 2006 with Bernhard Langer), closed with a 66 (-5, seven birdies, two bogeys). The prize pool is $3,250,000, with the first coin being $552,500.

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