Paratore powers to British Masters title

Paratore misses out on a bogey-free tournament, but a closing 69 was enough for a first title in three years

Last Updated: 25/07/20 5:49pm

Renato Paratore cruised to his second European Tour title after wrapping up a composed three-shot victory at the Betfred British Masters.

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Paratore was unable to complete a bogey-free tournament, his remarkable run coming to an end after 63 holes, but a final-round 69 in blustery conditions at Close House added up to a winning score of 18-under par – comfortably clear of Rasmus Hojgaard.

Renato Paratore collected his second Tour title at Close House
Renato Paratore collected his second Tour title at Close House

The exciting young Italian led by one stroke overnight and had not dropped a single shot over the first three rounds, and he enjoyed a measured first few holes as he picked up an early shot at the fourth and then completed a full house of birdies at the long seventh.

But after 62 holes without a blemish he missed the green with his tee shot to the short ninth and was unable to scramble a par, and although he responded immediately at the next, he blotted his card again at 11 to slip back to 11-under par.

However, with the tricky conditions preventing any of his rivals from sustaining a genuine challenge, Paratore was content to play solid, par golf for the next five holes before effectively sealing victory with a perfect 10-foot putt for his fourth birdie of the day at the penultimate hole.

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Paratore closed with another cast-iron par at the past to clinch his first win since making his European Tour breakthrough at the Nordea Masters three years ago, and he celebrated with his mother via a Sky Sports iPad before being given a guard of honour by several of his peers as he left the green.

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Source : Sky Sports