Bernd Wiesberger produced a superb six-under 65 at the Italian Open on Sunday to snatch victory from Matt Fitzpatrick by a single stroke.

Wiesberger had been solid if unspectacular all week, sitting three shots behind overnight leader Fitzpatrick heading into the final round in Rome.

But the Austrian found his best form over the last 18 holes as several around him stuttered, with Fitzpatrick only managing a 69 - his highest score of the tournament.

It meant Wiesberger's bogey-free effort was enough to win on the European Tour for the third time this year, having missed much of the 2018 season with a wrist injury.

The 34-year-old also returned to the top of the Race to Dubai standings while climbing to 22nd in the world rankings.

"It's been a great summer for me," he said. "I've had a lot of good golf shown and a lot of progress after coming back from the injury last year.

"I've won three times this year and it's been the same every time, I've just really enjoyed my time and I'm positive to be back out there because I know how tough it was when I had to withdraw from these great events.

"I feel excited about what is ahead of us in these last four events."

Fitzpatrick was far from the only player to allow Wiesberger through, as both Kurt Kitayama (12 under in third) and Robert MacIntyre (11 under in joint-fourth) played even-par rounds.

Fitzpatrick said: "To lose by one is obviously very disappointing. I think I've played well when I've been up there on a Sunday, just other people really keep grinding and I keep coming up from behind.

"It is what it is. It's still a great week, I'm here to win and not here to just make up the numbers."

Matt Wallace tied for seventh despite a 72, having started the day level with Wiesberger.

Justin Rose made a seven-under 64 but it was not nearly enough to atone for Saturday's miserable 78 that had him back at par, finishing in a tie for 15th.

Lanto Griffin catapulted himself into the Houston Open lead with a seven-under-par 65 in round three.

Griffin climbed 16 positions as the surging American claimed a one-stroke advantage atop the leaderboard on Saturday.

Seeking his maiden PGA Tour title, Griffin had nine birdies and a pair of bogeys to become the man to beat heading into the final round.

A stretch of three consecutive birdies from the third to fifth holes set the tone for Griffin, who dropped a shot at the ninth prior to the turn.

It was a mere blip as Griffin birdied five of his next six holes and six of eight before bogeying the 18th to be 11 under overall in Humble, Texas.

Fellow American Mark Hubbard is within touching distance of Griffin following his 69, while Cameron Tringale (68), Beau Hossler (68) and overnight leader Peter Malnati (73) are a shot further back at nine under.

Malnati was a shot clear heading into the third round, but five bogeys and four birdies saw him drop into a tie for third at the Golf Club of Houston.

Carlos Ortiz (71), Brandon Wu (69), Austin Cook (70), Scott Harrington (72), Sepp Straka (72) and Talor Gooch (72) are eight under.

Matt Fitzpatrick made a strong finish to his third round at the Italian Open to regain a one-shot lead in Rome.

Fitzpatrick started moving day with the slenderest of advantages, and after struggling early on he returned to the top of the leaderboard after coming up with four birdies in his last six holes.

American Kurt Kitayama looked set to be the man to catch on the final day at Olgiata Golf Club after a sparkling 65 - before Englishman Fitzpatrick gained momentum to post a three-under 68 and move to 13 under.

Fitzpatrick dropped a shot at the second after starting with a birdie, and made another bogey at the 10th, but he got back into the groove with a late charge courtesy of a combination of excellent approach shots and clinical putting.

"To put myself one in front gives me a little bit of help," said five-time European Tour event winner Fitzpatrick. "I'm just looking forward and I'm ready to go already.

"Coming down the hill on the 12th it didn't feel like I should be one over. I didn't hit as many good shots as I would have liked around the turn so that cost me a little bit and put me back. To finish the way I did was great."

American Kitayama finished the day in second place after signing for a bogey-free, six-under score.

Kitayama reached the turn in 32 after making three gains on the front nine and picked up another three shots to put himself firmly in contention.

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre also surged up the leaderboard with a magnificent 64 to stand third, just two shots adrift of Fitzpatrick, while Bernd Wiesberger and Matt Wallace both went round in 67 and were a further shot back.

Peter Malnati shot a 65 to move to 10-under par and take the outright lead on a weather-affected day two of the Houston Open.

Thunderstorms forced a two-hour suspension as golfers dealt with winds upwards of 30mph, before light stopped play early on Friday.

Malnati, 32, started well as he went five-under after five holes and held his nerve as conditions worsened to end the day a shot clear of overnight leader Talor Gooch.

Gooch and Austin Cook who led proceedings after the first round could only complete 14 and 15 holes, respectively, with the latter dropping down the leaderboard with a two-over par round.

Sepp Straka was the only other player in the top six to complete round two as he sits two shots off the pace, but the best round of the day came from Malnati who did his work earlier at the Golf Club of Houston.

"I just went out just purely with the plan of giving my best effort no matter what," Malnati said.

"The wind really messes with me. I know it's difficult for everyone, but it really tends to mess with my strengths. But I was pleased with how I hit a lot of putts in the wind."

Conditions are expected to improve ahead of day three action.

Puerto Rico extended its lead over Jamaica to three points at the end of day two of the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships currently underway at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 

Matt Fitzpatrick produced a superb second round to lead the Italian Open at the halfway point, but home hope Francesco Molinari will not play the weekend.

Fitzpatrick made seven birdies and just one bogey as he carded a six-under 65 in Rome to take a one-shot lead into the weekend.

"Just a really, really solid day," Fitzpatrick said of his performance. "I figured out something with my irons after the second hole. I just felt much more comfortable with my irons once I was out there. That certainly showed. I only missed one green after that.

"When you're in these kind of positions, it's always exciting. That's why you play the game, and look forward to the weekend."

Fitzpatrick has not won since his triumph at the European Masters last year. On that occasion he defeated Lucas Bjerregaard in a play-off and he has another Dane for company at the top of the leaderboard.

Joachim B. Hansen's 66 pushed him to nine under par through 36 holes, while Graeme McDowell, Rory Sabbatini and world number five Justin Rose are in a group of five players three shots off the pace.

Molinari, however, endured a nightmare second day.

The 2018 Open champion went through the first 18 in par, a score that would have seen him into round three had he replicated it.

He made the turn in level par but a dreadful back nine put paid to his hopes of making the cut. Molinari registered back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12, and the strong finish he needed did not materialise as he doubled the par-five 17th before ending his tournament with another dropped shot.

American duo Austin Cook and Talor Gooch both shot eight-under par 64’s to share the lead after round one of the Houston Open.

The pair were red hot on the opening day at the Golf Club of Houston with Cook shooting 29 on the front nine, which included a run of four birdies and an eagle between holes five and nine.

Gooch, 28, managed to keep pace with his countryman with a round that included 10 birdies and two bogeys, as he seeks a maiden win on the PGA Tour.

"Any time you have double-digit birdies you’re doing something right," Gooch said.

"I drove it well, got the ball in the fairway, hit a lot of good iron shots and was able to make a few putts. It was a fun day."

Austrian Sepp Straka is a shot further back and is outright third on the leaderboard, while Russell Henley, Lanto Griffin and Tyler McCumber sit a shot further back at six-under.

Two-time runner-up Henrik Stenson could only manage an even-par round of 72.

Meanwhile, amateur golfer Cole Hammer scored a first-round 67 to currently sit three off the lead and in the mix at Humble.

The world number two (in the amateur rankings) had a mixed day with the driver but recovered on the green to tally eight birdies for the day, the second most by an amateur on the PGA Tour.

️ @cole_hammer6765 grew up in Houston attending @HouOpenGolf , watching stars like @McIlroyRory , Charles Howell III and @WestwoodLee .

Today, the 20-year-old takes the stage himself. pic.twitter.com/e6ESyP0BCl

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 10, 2019 China’s Zhang Xinjun was the only afternoon start to shoot five-under as conditions became tougher later in the day.

 

Jamaica got off to a good start to the Caribbean Golf Association Four-Ball Championships on Wednesday but Puerto Rico leads heading into play on Friday.

Home hopeful Francesco Molinari endured an underwhelming start to the Italian Open with an even-par opening round as trilby-wearing Tapio Pulkkanen led early on.

The 2018 Open Championship winner, Molinari has twice triumphed in Italy, but he struggled to make inroads on Thursday with a round that contained two birdies and two bogeys.

That left Molinari trailing his brother Edoardo by a stroke and put him just above the projected cut line, leaving one of the tournament's biggest names under pressure heading into Friday.

Sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard, though, was Pulkkanen after the lowest opening round of his European Tour career - an impressive seven-under 64.

The 29-year-old Finn went bogey-free, making four consecutive birdies from the 14th, and said: "I think the first year [on the tour] was a learning year. The second year has been more comfortable being here.

"I haven't played that well in the Rolex tournaments so it's kind of a new situation as well, but it's a long way to go and I feel good about my game.

"My putter was really hot today. I made a lot of putts, especially on the front nine, I was five under, I made a lot of long putts. It was perfect greens, so easy to make them."

Despite Molinari's struggles, there were still a number of notable talents in pursuit of Pulkkanen and Rory Sabbatini, who was one shot back.

World number five Justin Rose reached five under, where he was joined by Kurt Kitayama, Joost Luiten, Shubhankar Sharma and Bernd Wiesberger.

However, Victor Perez, playing just two weeks on from his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship success, was in miserable form, with seven bogeys leaving him at three over.

Kevin Na edged Patrick Cantlay in a play-off to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday.

Na won the PGA Tour event for a second time, adding to his 2011 success after a dramatic final round in Las Vegas.

The American, who carded a second-round 62 and a 61 in the third, finished at 23 under, alongside Cantlay, after a final-round 70.

A par at the second play-off hole was enough for Na to secure his fourth PGA Tour victory as Cantlay made bogey.

Na endured a difficult final round, making a triple bogey on the par-four 10th before recovering, including sinking a 22-footer for par at 17.

Cantlay, who fired a final-round 68, saw a 24-footer for the win at the last just miss, as he finished runner-up for the second straight year.

Na and Cantlay sunk putts for birdies at the first play-off hole, the former walking his in, before the second proved the difference.

Pat Perez (68) finished outright third at 21 under, a shot ahead of defending champion Bryson DeChambeau (63), Adam Hadwin (63) and Brian Stuard (67).

Jon Rahm retained his Open de Espana title on home soil with a commanding five-stroke victory to take top spot in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Rahm began his final round with a five-shot advantage and finished it with the same cushion after carding a closing 66 at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

The Ryder Cup star was never in danger of relinquishing his lead after taking command on day three, going out in 32 on Sunday courtesy of an eagle at the fourth and two birdies.

Rahm picked up further shots at the 10th and 14th holes and made just one bogey, finishing well clear on 22 under to remain champion.

The 24-year-old replaces Shane Lowry at the summit in the Race to Dubai standings and is the fastest Spaniard to five European Tour wins, breaking the late Seve Ballesteros' record.

Rahm's compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello also shot a 66 to finish on his own in second place on 17 under. 

Cabrera Bello was in need of a blistering start to try and put pressure on Rahm but hit the turn in 36 and although he birdied five of the last six holes in a bogey-free round, it was too late to catch his countryman.

World number 1,413 Samuel Del Val secured an impressive third spot in his homeland on 15 under in only his fifth European Tour event.

Jeff Winther finished with a magnificent eight-under 63 to share fourth place with Adri Arnaus and Joachim B. Hansen.

Kevin Na continued his impressive showing at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, surging into a two-stroke lead after the third round on Saturday.

The American, the 2011 champion, fired a 10-under 61 to get to 22 under at the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas.

Na bettered his second-round 62 with another stellar round, which included 10 birdies – five on the front nine and five on the back.

He became the second player to record multiple rounds of 62 or better in two different stroke-play events since 1983, according to the PGA Tour.

Na holds a two-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay, who carded a 63 to again be in contention.

Cantlay was runner-up last year and won the tournament in 2017 and the American mixed nine birdies with a bogey during his third round.

Pat Perez jumped into outright third with a nine-under 62 that moved him into 18 under.

Sam Ryder (64) and Lucas Glover (66) are tied for fourth at 17 under, a shot ahead of Webb Simpson (64) and Brian Stuard (67).

Phil Mickelson continued to drop back after shooting a 74 to be at five under, while defending champion Bryson DeChambeau (67) is tied for 21st at 12 under.

Defending champion Jon Rahm will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Open de Espana after lighting up the back nine on Saturday.

Rahm started moving day two shots adrift of fellow Spaniards Rafa Cabrera Bello and Adri Arnaus, but took command with a magnificent eight-under 63 in his homeland.

The world number five produced a masterclass after hitting the turn in 35, picking up a further seven shots on the way home at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid to sit pretty on 17 under.

Rahm carded an astonishing back-nine 28 to put himself well on course for a fifth European Tour title and top spot in the Race to Dubai rankings.

The Ryder Cup star dropped shots at back-to-back holes before the turn but got on a roll to move away from his compatriots, gaining a stroke at the 10th to stand just a shot off the lead before reeling off four birdies in a row and an eagle two at 16.

Cabrera Bello and Samuel Del Val share second place on 12 under following third rounds of 70 and 69 respectively.

Three-time European Tour winner Cabrera Bello was bogey-free through his first two rounds, but he dropped a shot on the first and made another two bogeys as Rahm shifted through the gears.

The 1,413-ranked Del Val, who does not have international playing privileges, gathered momentum with three birdies in the space of four holes on the back nine, but dropped one shot on the front nine and another at the 18th.

Arnaus' challenge faded as he signed for a 72, dropping back to a share of fifth place with Jason Scrivener and Zander Lombard, with seven shots to make up on Rahm, while Jens Dantorp is fourth on 11 under.

Brooks Koepka missed the cut in his first start of the PGA Tour season as four players shared the lead at the halfway mark of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Koepka, in action for the first time in the 2019-20 season, followed up his opening-round 70 with an even-par 71 during the second round in Las Vegas on Friday.

The world number one was unable to get going, his difficult round including a double bogey at the par-four 11th hole.

Koepka – runner-up at the 2017 tournament – ended up at one under, well back of the cut line of five under in Nevada.

Kevin Na produced the round of the day as the American fired a nine-under 62 to be part of a four-man leading pack.

Na charged into 12 under to sit alongside Brian Stuard (65), Patrick Cantlay (64) and Lucas Glover (63) atop the leaderboard.

The 2011 champion, Na produced a brilliant finish to his round, making eagles at the par-five 13th and 16th before birdies on the final two holes.

Cantlay has enjoyed the tournament in recent years, finishing runner-up last year after winning the event in November 2017, and is in contention once more.

Australian Matt Jones fired an eight-under 63 to be outright fifth at 11 under.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau (68) sits back in a tie for 21st at eight under in a group that includes Phil Mickelson (69).

Rafa Cabrera Bello and Adri Arnaus led the way as home talent dominated the top of the Open de Espana leaderboard at the end of day two in Madrid.

None of the early starters caused overnight leader Kristian Krogh Johannessen to worry, but the Norwegian proved to be his own worst enemy in the afternoon when shooting a two-over-par 73, a hefty 10 strokes worse than his Thursday score at the Club de Campo Villa.

Taking full advantage was Cabrera Bello, whose six-under-par 65 took him to 11 under overall and ensured he completed the opening 36 holes of a European Tour event without a bogey for the first time. A long-range putt on the par-three ninth after missing the green proved vital in that respect.

Defending champion Jon Rahm remained very much in the hunt, recovering well after a double bogey on the second to card a 67 and sit just two shots off the pace in fourth.

Arnaus – a European Tour rookie – had looked destined to lead at the end of the day, only for a bogey at the last hole to force him to settle for a 66 and a share of first place with Cabrera Bello.

Another Spaniard, Samuel Del Val, had a 65 to reach 10 under and hold down third place going into the weekend.

With Rahm, Arnaus and Cabrera Bello all in the running near the top, the latter said he relished such domination on home soil.

"Yesterday [Thursday] was like a dream day and it was the same again," Cabrera Bello said. "I think we are 31 under for the three of us, which is remarkable.

"We've been feeding off each other, and with thousands of people cheering us on, it's been amazing."

Arnaus added: "I'm really proud of how I played these first two rounds, I enjoyed it so much with this home support and also playing alongside Rahm and Rafa – it's been two fantastic days."

One of the most prominent Spaniards in action, Sergio Garcia, was way off the lead on four under for the tournament, matching Italy's Edoardo Molinari, with both players having carded consecutive rounds of 69.

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