Guido Migliozzi roared to a third DP World Tour title at the Cazoo Open de France after the Italian provided one of the most incredible moments of the 2022 DP World Tour season, making a stunning birdie at the final hole courtesy of a majestic high-stakes approach at Le Golf National.
The 25-year-old was in supreme form all day at Le Golf National, making nine birdies – including a run of five in succession from the sixth – without a single dropped shot at the 2018 Ryder Cup venue.
He saved the best until last when, tied for the lead and staring down an 18th hole which statistically counted as one of the most difficult par fours in the Tour’s history, Migliozzi cut a courageous faded five-iron into the famous final green which came within inches of finding the cup for an incredible eagle two.
He knocked in the five-foot putt for the first of only two birdies at the final hole all day, equalling the course record of 62 for a 16 under total, and becoming just the second Italian winner of the event after Costantino Rocca in 1993.
Rasmus Højgaard, who had led the tournament after each of the opening three rounds, finished a shot back on 15 under par after a three under 68, while Paul Barjon finished the highest Frenchman as he shared third place with Thomas Pieters and George Coetzee on 11 under.
Guido Migliozzi: “From 2019 it’s been a long, long road to here. I played very, very solid last year and went very close to a win. I was looking for it. This season has been weird. I’ve had a lot of expectation from me. I was playing great tournaments, Majors, Masters. My plan was very high but I was just not playing great. Then I started to practice in another way and I’ve worked really hard and here I am now holding a trophy and it’s beautiful.
“My main goal was to have a great tournament, have a good week, just keep my tour card and work hard to get into the final tournaments. I was just in a good vibe on the course. I was enjoying my golf and it was a beautiful day. My girlfriend was with me and my coach as well. I was just enjoying everything. And today golf gave back to me something. It was one of those days that was beautiful to live.
“The shot at the 18th was something incredible. I went for it and it paid off. My caddy was not happy. It was not the real strategy but I felt I could try.
“I was close last year to getting into the team, I mean I felt that I was close, but I ended up not very good, I was not playing great after a good season. But it’s a new start, from Wentworth points are open and it’s been a great start. I’m looking forward to keeping going. That’s the main goal for my, Ryder Cup in Rome, in Italy, would be a dream.”
Rasmus Højgaard: “Obviously there’s a lot of good stuff out there. it was a few silly mistakes over the last two days that cost me the win this week, but I’m happy with where my golf is heading towards. I’m striking the ball good and I’m putting nice. I’ve enjoyed it this week.
“I just have to take the positives from this week. It obviously stings a little bit at the moment but later tonight I’ll be looking back and I’ve got a lot to be proud of, especially after what happened yesterday.”