Majestic Guido Migliozzi beats Rasmus Hojgaard to Open de France title

Having started five shots adrift of the leader, the Italian did not help his chances by recording pars at his opening five holes on Sunday.

However, the world number 168 responded with an astonishing nine birdies during his final 13 holes, six of which were in excess of 10 feet.

In sharp contrast to Saturday’s round when he recorded an eight at the par-three second hole, Hojgaard proceeded to hit a two at the same hole on Sunday before following that up with an eagle at the third.

Bogeys at eight and nine kept the Dane level with George Coetzee at the halfway stage of the final round, errors that he cancelled out with birdies at the 10th and 14th.

However, a poor approach shot into the last left him needing to hole out from 16 yards to force a playoff, something which he could not achieve before holing a seven-footer for par.

After holding an eight-shot lead at the midway stage of the tournament, Hojgaard will feel the disappointment of missing out on a standout tournament on the DP World Tour.

Upon reflection, however, there should be acknowledgement for the brilliance of Migliozzi, who is motivated to earn a debut Ryder Cup spot in his homeland next year.

Coetzee eventually finished five shots adrift of Migliozzi in third position alongside Thomas Pieters and Frenchman Paul Barjon.

Jamie Donaldson finished in sixth position, while Englishman Jordan Smith and last week’s Italian Open winner Robert MacIntyre ended the tournament in seventh and eighth spot respectively.

Alex Fitzpatrick, the brother of US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick who turned professional in June, was one of seven players to finish in a share of 13th place.

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