Wiesberger becomes Italian Open champion

Bernd Wiesberger claimed a hard-fought victory in the Italian Open which is his third European Tour victory of the season and second Rolex Series title of the year.

Wiesberger went to the top of the leaderboard and posted three consecutive birdies from the fifth hole which followed by a further gain on the ninth, when Fitzpatrick, who hit it out of bounds on the ninth leading to a costly double-bogey seven had birdied the second.

Fitzpatrick staged an impressive fightback with three birdies in his final six holes though Wiesberger looked in control on the back nine with birdies at 14 and 16. The former Ryder Cup player could not find another birdie on the last to force a play off as his eagle effort from 12 feet at 17 lipped out.

The Austrian carded a bogey-free 65 to finish one shot clear of the overnight leader Matthew Fitzpatrick on 16 under par though he started the final round three shots behind the Englishman.

That brings Wiesberger the fifth victory in multiple Rolex Series titles and also in July he win in the Scottish Open. After seven months on the sidelines in 2018 due to a wrist injury, he won in Denmark in May. The 34 year old now has just six events remaining to lead the Race to Dubai.

This season Fitzpatrick finished runner-up for the fourth time and signed for a closing 69, having also come second in the Scandinavian Invitation the BMW International and the Hong Kong Open.

Wiesberger said that this had been a great summer for him. After coming back from the injury last year he had made a lot of progress and played a lot of good golf. He had played really well in the right events in the Scottish and Ireland, and this week in Italy, which helps him lead in the Race to Dubai. He felt excited about what is ahead in the last four events.