Guido Migliozzi has put himself firmly in the race for a spot on Europe’s Ryder Cup team (Europe – 15/8 To lift the Ryder Cup) after carding a stunning final round to win the Open de France.
Rasmus Hojgaard started the final day with the outright lead, sitting one-shot clear of South African George Coetzee, while Migliozzi was five strokes off the Dane in a three-way tie for ninth.
Despite facing a mammoth task in the fourth round at Le Golf National, Migliozzi held his nerve superbly as he fired nine birdies in a round-of-the-day 62.
Migliozzi was one of just two players to birdie the par-four last on the final day, ending the week on 16-under and a shot ahead of Hojgaard.
The Italian now has three DP World Tour titles to his name and Sunday’s triumph was his first since 2019.
Migliozzi said: “I am just feeling an explosion of feelings. I felt very comfortable with my game. I love to play golf and I love to battle on the golf course and I received a great reward back today.”
Thomas Pieters (pictured), Coetzee and Paul Barjon were five strokes behind in a share of third ahead of Wales’ Jamie Donaldson on 10-under and Englishman Jordan Smith on nine-under.
Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre was unable to build on last weekend’s victory at the DS Automobiles Italian Open and his eight-under saw him finish in a three-way tie for eighth.
MacIntyre admitted it was “tough switching back on after what happened last Sunday” but he’s hoping to be fighting it out higher up the leaderboard at next weekend’s event.
The DP World Tour season heads to MacIntyre’s homeland of Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
MacIntyre said: “The Dunhill Links is a massive event but the weather can play such a big part in links golf and I’ve looked at the long-range forecast and it doesn’t look pretty.
“My game’s there and I’m just looking forward to getting back home, playing on home soil and then having a week off.
“I am probably going to take two days off and may practice a little bit on Tuesday and then get ready for the week.”