Edoardo Molinari wins Johnnie Walker Championship

Italy’s Edoardo Molinari produced a scintillating finish on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles to win the Johnnie Walker Championship by a single shot from Brett Rumford of Australia.

Edoardo Molinari

Italy's Edoardo Molinari produced a scintillating finish on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles to win the Johnnie Walker Championship by a single shot from Brett Rumford of Australia.

The 29-year-old, playing in the final group, was two shots behind Rumford with three holes to play, the Australian having posted a clubhouse total of nine-under-par 279. But Molinari finished with three birdies in a row to leapfrog Rumford and take his second European Tour title on Scottish soil after capturing the Scottish Open earlier this summer.

"I knew I had to do two birdies on the last three at least to tie him and I had a big putt on 16, I think that was very important," said Molinari. "Then I hit it safely on the green on 17, and just before I hit the putt, Colin my caddie told me I was owed a putt because I hit a lot of good putts today that didn't go in, and he was right. Then, playing the last, I played a nice second shot, and made a great chip to leave a tap-in."

Edoardo began the day a shot off the lead held by his brother Francesco. Playing together in the final group, they both struggled in the middle part of the round as strong winds made playing conditions very difficult. But they held their scores together and, after 15 holes, were tied on seven-under-par with only Rumford ahead of them.

Under intense pressure, Edoardo then found another gear to secure a memorable victory. He's the first player to win two European Tour events in Scotland in the same season.

Francesco dropped back with a bogey at his final hole to finish in a tie for third with Jamie Donaldson of Wales and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Spaniard was given cause to celebrate at the conclusion of the tournament, as was Peter Hanson. With Simon Dyson falling just short in his bid to win this event, both Jimenez's and Hanson's places in the 2010 Ryder Cup team were confirmed.

Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire August 26-29, purse £1,400,000, par 72

1   Edoardo Molinari (Ita)   70   68   69   71   278   €282,773 2   Brett Rumford (Aus)   71   70   68   70   279   €188,511 T3   Jamie Donaldson (Wal)   69   74   69   69   281   €87,661 T3   Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp) 70 68   71   72   281   €87,661 T3   Francesco Molinari (Ita) 68   70   68   75   281   €87,661 6   Simon Dyson (Eng)   68   70   70   74   282   €59,883 T7   Bradley Dredge (Wal)   71   68   74   70   283   €43,774 T7   Damien McGrane (Ire)   72   67   70   74   283   €43,774 T7   Marcel Siem (Ger)   71   71   71   70   283   €43,774

Fergus Bisset
Fergus Bisset

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and it was concentrated by his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?