Wednesday, 03 January 2018
Renato Paratore with the Nordea Masters trophy  (Getty Images)
Renato Paratore with the Nordea Masters trophy (Getty Images)
Renato Paratore won his first European Tour title as he held off the challenge of Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick to claim the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club.

The Italian entered the final day a shot behind Wood and showed real guts to save par on the last three holes and sign for a 70 and an 11 under par total, leaving the Englishman needing a par up the last to set up a play-off.

With the 20 year old looking on from the clubhouse, Wood hit a ragged tee-shot into the trees and recorded a bogey as Paratore became the youngest winner on Tour since countryman and GolfSixes partner Matteo Manassero won the BMW PGA Championship in 2013.

Fitzpatrick had birdied the last to sign for a 68 and set the target at ten under on a rainy day in Malmö - where 86,100 fans had been in attendance during the week - but ultimately fell a shot short of a play-off as he defended the title he won in 2016.

Paratore's victory came in his 83rd appearance and moved him into the top 150 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

"It feels really amazing right now, I'm very happy," he said. "This win means a lot and also to win at a nice tournament like this is very good for me. I feel really great. The first win, I will remember my entire life.

"It feels amazing to be in the winner's circle with Italians like the Molinaris, Manassero and Rocca.
"I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win. In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.

"The eighth and the ninth got me back in contention with two birdies, that was a key moment, and the last three holes I managed three very good putts. The last three holes were very good."

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