Xavier Poncelet, a triumph in the Eternal City

The Roma Alps Letas Open goes to Xavier Poncelet who, in the Eternal City, with a total of 199 (64 67 68, -17) strokes and a decisive birdie on hole 17 (the penultimate of the day) overtook the Scottish Ryan Lumsden, second. with 200 (-16).

Roma Alps Letas Open, Xavier Poncelet

At the Parco de ‘Medici Golf Club (par 72) the surprise of the tournament was Alessia Nobilio, 3 / a with 201 (68 65 68, -15) alongside the Irish Gary Hurley and the French Paul Elissalde.

In the first mixed tournament of the Italian Pro Tour, which saw 156 players at the starting line (including 42 women) and was also included in the Alp Tour and LET Access calendar, Nobilio stood out as the best player of the competition. She is an amateur in front of many projects and many professionals. Really an excellent result for the Milanese who, in 54 total holes, recorded only one bogey (right in the last round, at 12).

And in the end it was Poncelet who, when he seemed to have the victory in his pocket, with a double bogey at 16 put everything into question. The reaction was immediate with a birdie at 17 which allowed him to celebrate his second title on the Alps Tour and cash a check for 7,200 euros for a total prize money of 45,000.

In England, the 149th of The Open – expected two years after the cancellation for Covid in 2020 – is an edition to be forgotten for the blue golf that in Sandwich, Kent, sees exit the scene, with a total of 142 (+2 ) shots, both Francesco Molinari (68 74) and Guido Migliozzi (69 73). On the Royal St George’s GC course (par 70), both 78 / i, the Turin and Vicenza – who will represent Italgolf in the men’s individual competition at the Tokyo Games – did not pass the cut. A double insult, especially for how the two Azzurri’s match had begun, respectively in 19th and 32nd place after the first round. Chicco Molinari, who in 2018 triumphing at The Open made history as the first Italian to win a Major, after an initial birdie (five of the day) recorded a very heavy quadruple bogey (hole 6, par 3, closed in 7 strokes), a double bogey (at 9, par 4) and three bogeys. While Migliozzi (making his absolute debut at the Open Championship) paid dearly for a bogey (five today) at 17 (the penultimate of the day) and the birdie and eagle made at 11 and 14 only served to increase the regrets.