Robert MacIntyre Claims DS Automobiles Italian Open In Thrilling Final Day

The Scot held off the likes of Matt Fitzpatrick and Rory McIlroy to secure his second DP World Tour title in a playoff

MacIntyre laughs with his caddie
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In a thrilling final round it was Scotland's Robert MacIntyre who shone in Italy, as a birdie on the first playoff was good enough to defeat recent Major winner, Matt Fitzpatrick.

MacIntyre had started the day a number of shots back from a host of huge names, but a seven-under-par round vaulted him up the leaderboard, with a birdie giving him a second DP World Tour title and a serious shout for a spot in next year's European Ryder Cup team, given the event is taking place at this very course. 

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Beginning the final day, it was Fitzpatrick who held a one shot advantage at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, with a number of huge names, like Rory McIlroy, in pursuit of the Englishman, who was looking to add to his US Open title back in mid June.

However, through the first four holes we saw a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, as MacIntyre and Victor Perez clawed their way into a share of the lead. As the front nine wore on though, it was the Scotsman, MacIntyre, who pushed on, as four birdies in five holes rounded out the best front nine of the week, 29.

Hosting the Ryder Cup next year, we were given a glimpse at what we can expect from the Rome venue in 2023. Following an incredible front nine, MacIntyre continued to decimate the course, moving to 14-under and a three shot advantage over Frenchman, Perez.

Fitzpatrick and McIlroy walk down the fairway

Both Fitzpatrick and McIlroy carried on their superb form for 2022, as both sit 1st and 2nd in the DP World Tour standings

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One hole later though, MacIntyre was soon sharing his lead with Fitzpatrick, as an eagle from the Scot was capitalised on with an eagle from the Englishman. It went from bad to worse for MacIntyre, especially when he missed a short par putt to drop behind for the first time in over nine holes.

He fought back though and, with birdies at the 16th and 18th, the 26-year-old finished with a seven-under round of 64 and a clubhouse target of 14-under-par. His nearest rival was still Fitzpatrick, who bogeyed the 17th to sit one back going down the 72nd hole. However, the 28-year-old bravely birdied the last to join MacIntyre in a playoff.

Pounding his drive down the middle, it was advantage to MacIntyre, as Fitzpatrick pulled his drive left following a camera shutter going off in his back swing. As both struck their shots up to the green, both would have putts for birdie.

Striking his first, Fitzpatrick failed to find the cup as he duly tapped-in for a par. It was now the Scot's turn and, with only a few feet left for the victory, he slammed it home, claiming his first title since the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x