Back-to-back Top-10s for Yates as De Leo lands 59 on Alps

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Jonathan Yates (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Jonathan Yates secured back-to-back top-10 finishes on the Alps Tour as he ended his week at the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni in a share of eighth but the day belonged to the outstanding Gregorio De Leo.

The Italian broke the 60 barrier at GC La Pinetina with an otherworldly round of golf, posting an eagle, 11 birdies and, most remarkably, two bogeys in an 11-under 59 to romp to his maiden Alps Tour win by a four-shot margin at 18-under-par for the week.

Meanwhile, Yates continued his strong form on the Alps Tour by ending the tournament in ninth, the Naas man putting six birdies on the board but also dropping three, including on his final hole which would have seen him into the top-five had he parred, but in the end he had to settle for a three-under 67 and 11-under overall.

While it’s another positive week for the Irishman to take forward, he would have had to simply stand back and marvel at the incredible effort of De Leo who had the dream finish to his week.

The local favourite was perhaps seen as too far back having started the day four shots off the lead, but he was untouchable in Como as he put two early birdies on the board before a simply sensational 10-hole stretch that yielded nine birdies and an eagle to pull away into an unassailable lead.

Indeed, the World No.959 was so comfortable he was even able to bogey the last and still break 60, deservedly putting him atop the podium after a run of four consecutive top-10 finishes.

France’s Pierre Pineau finished second as a closing 64 saw him reach 14-under-par, with Italian pair Davide Buchi and Giacomo Fortini rounding out the top-three as they both ended their tournaments at 13-under with a pair of 65s.

David Carey secured a tied-16th finish after a final round of 66 saw him end the week at nine-under-par, while Paul McBride and Gary Hurley shot rounds of 70 and 71 respectively to both finish at five-under-par in a share of 31st.

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