Robert MacIntyre (100/1 2023 Masters outright) won his second DP World Tour title of the season after edging out Matt Fitzpatrick (25/1) in a play-off following a storming final round at the Italian Open.
The Scot began the day three shots behind overnight leader Fitzpatrick, who was looking to win his second DP World Tour title of the year following his breakthrough major success at the US Open.
However, a super round of 64 from MacIntyre at the Marco Simone Golf Club, which will host the Ryder Cup next year, saw him propelled into contention.
He began the round with a birdie and shot a front nine score of 29 in a remarkable display.
The back nine was mixed with three bogeys nearly cancelling out four birdies but the 26-year-old finished on 14-under, matching Fitzpatrick’s total.
An errant tee shot from Fitzpatrick on the first extra hole gave McIntyre the advantage, and, true to form from the day’s action, he birdied the par-five while Fitzpatrick could only score par.
The win was MacIntyre’s first on the European Tour since the Cyprus Showdown in 2020, and he was relieved to get over the line.
“At the start of the week I didn’t think this week was going to be the one – the style of golf course, the way it was playing,” admitted MacIntyre.
“But we worked on a few things on Tuesday and Wednesday and I felt so in control of my golf ball this week – my wedges, my long irons and even that hybrid that came into the bag last week.”
Asked about making Europe’s team for the Ryder Cup (USA 2/5, Europe 15/8 – to lift the cup) at Marco Simone next year, he added: “It’s my main goal – it’s my only goal for the next year.”
Frenchman Victor Perez finished third while Rory McIlroy (12/1 2023 Masters outright) ended fourth.