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England's Robert Rock claimed his first European Tour title in the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi at Royal Park I Roveri in Turin. He finished one shot clear of Thorbjorn Oleson of Denmark.
Rock began the final round two in front but he was quickly absorbed into the chasing pack as a number of players made fast starts.
The most notable early pace-setter was Thorbjorn Oleson of Denmark. The 21-year-old blistered to the turn in just 29 strokes to move to 17-under-par. Although his run was slowed by a bogey at the par-5 11th, the young Dane returned four more birdies in the last seven holes to post a superb 62 and a clubhouse total of 20-under-par.
Rock faltered in the early part of his round but got on a roll with four birdies in a row from the 5th. The 34-year-old posted three more birdies between the 10th and the 13th to move one clear of Oleson on 21-under-par. He maintained that slender advantage to the end, closing with five straight pars.
The most impressive of those pars came at the 17th when his drive ended in the trees. His second shot narrowly escaped the woods and his third left him a 20-foot putt to save par. He duly knocked it in and so maintained his one shot cushion coming into the par-5 last. He played the final hole in regulation and left himself a six-inch tap-in for his maiden European Tour title.
Another Englishman, Gary Boyd, finished strongly with a 66 to join Oleson in a tie for second place. Scotland's Peter Whiteford was another stroke back in fourth place.
BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi Royal Park I Roveri, Turin, Italy June 9-12, purse €1,500,000, par 72
1 Robert Rock (Eng) 64 68 68 67 267 €250,000 T2 Thorbjorn Oleson (Den) 65 71 70 62 268 €130,280 T2 Gary Boyd (Eng) 69 65 68 66 268 €130,280 4 Peter Whiteford (Sco) 68 67 68 66 269 €75,000 5 Joost Luiten (Ned) 66 67 69 68 270 €63,600 T6 Michael Jonzon (Swe) 69 68 69 65 271 €48,750 T6 Niclas Fasth (Swe) 69 69 64 69 271 €48,750 T8 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 66 68 70 68 272 €33,700 T8 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 66 68 68 70 272 €33,700 T8 Jbe Kruger (RSA) 69 66 67 70 272 €33,700
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