Paratore wins British Masters title by three strokes

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Italy’s Renato Paratore claimed outstanding consistency to acquire against the British Masters by three strokes, keeping his overnight lead and completing in 18-below total at Close House at Northumberland on Saturday.

Paratore, 23, closed using a two-under level 69 in windy conditions to clinch his second European Tour title, adding to his own Nordea Pros triumph in Sweden at 2017.

The Italian held a one-shot lead going to the fourth round and continued his own bogey-free run — that eventually came to a conclusion after 62 holes — to maintain off Denmark’s 19-year old Rasmus Hojgaard who ended second.

“This seems amazing, I am really, really pleased. Now wasn’t simple,” said Paratore, that became the 2nd Italian to win the event after Baldovino Dassu 44 years back.

“I played really strong. I didn’t hope to return and win my next after lockdown but I worked extremely hard the previous calendar year.”

South Africa’s Justin Harding, who had been next after Friday’s play, fell to third with three bogeys in his final round to card 72 for 14 below complete — four strokes behind Paratore.

Step 1. ) 25 million euro occasion is the first of six championships to be staged in Britain without audiences amid rigorous protocols to shield against the danger of COVID-19.

Without a crowd to observe Paratore’s success, his fellow opponents gave him a guard of honor as he walked off the green in the 18th while organisers also got his mum to congratulate him through a video phone.

“I did not anticipate from my buddies here on Tour and it was a excellent feeling and all these are the moments I really love,” he added. “To view my mama was a major surprise and I had been really, really pleased.”

England’s Lee Westwood, who’s the tournament’s sponsor, had a day to overlook the program, finishing last one of those that made the cut because he shut using a 79, that included three bogeys and three double bogeys.

Westwood had eight shots around the par-three ninth hole but his 16 birdies within the four rounds guaranteed event patrons Betfred would donate #16,000 for the event’s official charity, the Sir Graham Wylie Foundation.

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