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Solid week for the Australasians in Italy

Ryan Fox finished in 8th position (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australasians have had a good week at the European Tour’s Italian Open in Brescia this week and while none went close to winning, four were inside the top 25.

New Zealander Ryan Fox did best when he reeled off a final round of 64 to move into a share of 8th place, Scott Hend was one shot further back in 14th place, Jason Scrivener was 21st and Adam Bland 23rd.

It was Fox’s best finish since finishing 3rd in Malaysia seven starts ago and takes his season earnings to €454,000 and he is now 33rd on the Race to Dubai.

Brett Rumford, Josh Geary and Wade Ormsby made the cut but finished further back, Ormsby still leading the active Australasians on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in 32nd position although Cameron Smith, who plays mainly in the US, is in 14th place due in a large part to his Australian PGA Championship victory and 5th place at the Masters. 

The bulk of Ormsby’s earnings have come through his win in Hong Kong late last year.

The winner this week was Thorbjorn Olesen who claimed a maiden Rolex Series victory after a thrilling final round battle with Francesco Molinari and Lee Slattery.

The 28 year old needed a par at the last to secure his fifth European Tour title after home favourite Molinari sent the crowd wild with a birdie from 30 feet on the final hole, but the Dane made an excellent up and down from a greenside bunker to complete a final round 64 and 22 under par total.

That was one ahead of last week's Wentworth winner Molinari, with overnight leader Slattery third on 20 under at Gardagolf Country Club.

A bogey-free final round handed Olesen his biggest win of his career and the largest prize fund, with the 1,166,660 Race to Dubai points moving him to sixth position in the year-long Rankings.

The win also gives Olesen a boost in his hopes of making a maiden Ryder Cup appearance this September in Thomas Bjørn’s European team- with points earned in Rolex Series events multiplied by 1.5 - he now sits fifth in the European Points List and just outside the projected automatic qualification spots.

SWING LIKE JUSTIN ROSE

 

   

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