Bob MacIntyre Wins Italian Open

Bob MacIntyre overcame U.S. Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick in a play-off to win the 2022 DS Automobiles Italian Open and underline his match play credentials at the venue that will host next year's Ryder Cup.

Bob made ten birdies and three bogeys in a spectacular 64 on Sunday to force a play-off with third-round leader Fitzpatrick before birdieing the first extra hole to claim his second DP World Tour title.

Bob began the day three shots off the lead but made a blistering start, firing six birdies and no bogeys in a front-nine 29 which featured some remarkable ball-striking.

But his two-shot lead evaporated on the back nine as a run of three bogeys and three birdies in the seven holes immediately after the turn coincided with Fitzpatrick breaking his sequence of ten straight pars by going birdie-eagle from the 11th.

Fitzpatrick then took the outright lead with a birdie at the 16th, but just as the Englishman gave the shot straight back on the next hole, Bob birdied the last to set the clubhouse target at 14 under and lead on his own.


But after missing the fairway at the first play-off hole, Fitzpatrick could only make par, with MacIntyre's birdie enough to clinch the trophy.