Apr 17th, 2017
Edoardo Molinari wins Trophee Hassan II
In play off with Paul Dunne
Words: Keel Timmins Photography: Getty Images
Edoardo Molinari claimed his first victory in over six years as he beat Irishman Paul Dunne in a play-off at the Trophee Hassan II on the European Tour.
The Italian shot a sublime round of 65 which included four birdies and two eagles, with one coming on the final hole to take the clubhouse lead.
Dunne was leading by two shots going into the final round, and tied Molinari on the final hole with a good up-and-down for birdie.
But the 24-year-old was having trouble with the driver all day, and a wayward drive at the first play-off hole opened the door for the former Ryder Cup player Molinari.
Dunne, who famously led the Open Championship after 54 holes in 2015, hit a good recovery shot though and managed to find the greenside bunker in three. The resulting bunker shot was nicely played, leaving him about 10 feet for his par.
Molinari, who hit his approach shot a little long, played a beautiful putt from the rough, leaving the 36-year-old with a tap-in for a par.
Dunne’s par putt grazed the left edge and didn’t drop, giving Molinari his third career European Tour victory.
“It’s been a while, I’ve been through some very hard times in the last few years, and to get this I am very, very pleased,” Molinari said.
“Last time I made a big putt on 17, and this time I made a big putt on 18, so it looks like I always want to keep it to the last few holes.”
England’s Paul Waring finished 3rd, with Victor Dubuisson and Lasse Jensen rounding off the top five.