A flash of blue on the international golf scene has finally arrived. Guido Migliozzi closed the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in second place after a great comeback in the final lap. The Italian, who had risen from 18th position, gave up only to Antoine Rozner. The Frenchman, with a birdie at 18 and a putt from over 18 meters, has signed his second career title (in 29 starts) on the European Tour.
Guido Migliozzi, statements
“I was watching Justin Thomas who finished the round at The Players with eight strokes under par. This morning – he declared at the end of the lap – I said to my caddy ‘let’s try to get eight of us under par and see what happens’. I put four in the first nine and two in the second. It wasn’t easy… I didn’t see the leaderboard on the pitch, so I wasn’t thinking about the standings. I knew that if I had a good round I would have been able to go back”.
With his -6 the Vicenza, together with the Swedish Alexander Bjork, signed the best score of the day with a bogey free test. The 24-year-old from Veneto entered the clubhouse as a leader and only Rozner’s final prowess prevented him from playing for the title in the playoff which would have involved four players. With a total of 277 hits (71 67 74 65, -7) Migliozzi shared second position with Darren Fichardt and Gaganjeet Bhullar.
“It was probably the best putt of my career. Not even in dreams I could have imagined something like this and I’m really happy ”. This, however, is the joy of Antoine Rozner. First with 276 (69 72 68 67, -8) the Frenchman scored his fourth professional victory. After the two consecutive achievements on the Challenge Tour 2019 (at the Challenge de Espana first and at the Prague Golf Challenge a week later, also in May), in December 2020 he won the Golf in Dubai Championship before triumphing in the sprint in Qatar.
Once again Rozner, 28 years old from Paris, overtook a blue golfer in the photo finish. Already at the Golf in Dubai Championship he had managed to get the better of an Italian player, beating the competition of Francesco Laporta (72nd with 296, +12, in Qatar).