Quesne rallies to win in Italy|
Turin, Italy (Sports Network) - Julien Quesne bounced back from an early
double bogey to card a 5-under 67 on Sunday and win the Italian Open by a
Quesne earned his second career victory on the European Tour at 12-under-par
"After my double bogey, I just kept calm. I was thinking the winner would be
15 under and I was only five under. I thought 'Just keep working and we will
see what happens'," said Quesne. "I am surprised to be here. The flags were
very difficult all week so it was very difficult to make birdies and easy to
make some bogeys."
David Higgins and Steve Webster shot matching 4-under 68s during their final
rounds at Golf Club Torino to share second place at 11-under.
Fredrik Andersson Hed, who won this event in 2010, carded a 5-under 67 to move
into a tie for fourth with Emiliano Grillo (68), Felipe Aguilar (71) and
Nicolas Colsaerts (72) at 10-under.
Third-round leader Marcus Fraser held at least a share of the lead for the
majority of the day, but bogeyed three of his last four holes to fall into a
share of eighth place at 9-under 279.
Fraser entered the final round with a 1-stroke lead and birdied the first to
maintain that advantage as Lagergren and Colsaerts, who were all playing
together, also birdied the first.
Lagergren tripped to a double bogey at the third to fall behind, while Fraser
bogeyed the same hole to drop to 11-under and into a tie for the lead with
Colsaerts, though, bogeyed the fourth to drop a shot off the pace and hand the
outright lead to Fraser.
At the sixth, Fraser dropped a shot as Colsaerts rolled in a birdie to claim
the lead. But his lead did not last long as there was another 2-shot swing at
the seventh, with Fraser converting a birdie and Colsaerts recording a bogey
to put Fraser back on top.
Maximilian Kieffer and Higgins made it a three-way tie at 11-under with
birdies at the 13th and 14th, respectively, before Kieffer bogeyed the 14th to
lose his share.
He was replaced atop the leaderboard by Webster following his birdie at the
15th, but Webster and Higgins both bogeyed the 16th to fall to 10-under and
leave Fraser alone at minus-11.
Fraser then birdied the 13th to move to 12-under and seemed well on his way to
the win, but his collapse along with Quesne's late push paved the way for the
Frenchman to collect the win.
Quesne had started the day four strokes behind Fraser, and quickly fell
further behind with a double-bogey 6 at the second.
He would not drop another shot for the remainder of the day, however, and
rallied back with birdies at the fourth and sixth to make the turn at 7-under.
After pouring in back-to-back gains at the 10th and 11th, Quesne followed
three straight pars with a birdie at the 15th to move to 10-under and pull
within two strokes of Fraser.
Quesne then chipped in from just off the green at the 17th before converting a
6-foot birdie putt at the last to meet Fraser atop the leaderboard and claim
the clubhouse lead.
Fraser fell apart from there, tripping to a 3-putt bogey at the 15th to fall
behind. He would follow that with another bogey at the 16th after an errant
drive, and needing to birdie his final two holes to force a playoff, dropped
another shot at the 17th to fall three shots off the pace.
NOTES: Quesne's other win came at the 2012 Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol ...
The win was Quesne's seventh top-10 finish of 2013 ... Quesne is the second
Frenchman to win the Italian Open since it became a part of the European Tour
in 1972. The first was Gregory Havret in 2001 ... Quesne collected 250,000
euros with the victory and is expected to move inside the top 140 in the world
09/22 13:21:21 ET