It wasn’t the final day that David Carey would have wished for as he returned a two-over par 72 at the Alps Tour’s Memorial G. Bordoni in Como.
The Castleknock professional went into the final round just two shots off the lead going in search of his maiden win but eventually finished in a share of 8th at minus-six after carding two birdies and four bogeys.
Carey collected a cheque worth 1,220 euro for the effort and was the only Irish player to advance to the final day as Naas professional, Jonathan Yates (+3), Stephen Grant (+7) and Simon Bryan (+15) all fell short of the required one-over par mark.
It is in stressful moments that you can see if a player has the makings of a winner, and this is what Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez showed on his last hole at Golf Club La Pinetina when, with a 2-strokes margin and after sending his tee shots out of bounds, he immediately found his composure and made a birdie with the second ball, thus finishing with a 64 (-6) for a 12-under winning total.
“I’m very proud of the good work I’ve done to come at this point,” said Garcia. “I think that the Challenge Tour card for 2020 is now guaranteed; still, I want to play the rest of the season wisely, trying to win the ranking. I’ve played very well the whole week, some stupid shots like everybody else, but all the part of my game were solid and consistent. I made less mistakes today compared to yesterday when I’ve made a lot of birdies, but also a lot of mistakes. It is so nice that I’ve won in Italy again!
“It’s been a beautiful day anyway,” said Lipparelli. “It was as a great experience and I’ve really enjoyed it. The course was playing difficult today, so congratulations to Garcia who signed a fantastic score with -6. I have no regrets, in the last holes I was fighting and having fun, this second place looks good to me and gives me a boost for preparing even better for next tournament in Guadeloupe.”
Garcia earns the cheque of 5,800 euros and further increases his leadership in the Order of Merit, where he now has 24,200 points and 22,450 euros after 9 tournaments ; Lipparelli climbs one position up to 2nd place, with 17,285 points and 15,528 euros.
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