Guido Migliozzi showed superb skill at the back nine to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa at the Karen Country Club.
Playing his 14th European Tour event with no previous top tens to his name, the Italian emerged from yesterday’s round 3 action to card a 69 and get to 16 under, one shot clear of playing partner Adri Arnaus and South Africans Louis de Jager and Justin Harding.
Yesterday, Italy’s Guido Miglozzi and Spain’s Adri Arnaus, played rounds of 7-under par and 6-under par respectively, to charge to the top of the leader board after round three action, for a total score of 14-under par, 199 apiece.
The duo, who were playing partners in game 39, started the day four and five shots behind overnight leader Louis De Jagger. They went on to take full advantage of De Jagger’s slip-up, to post the two best scores of the round and of their European tour careers, for a share of the lead heading to the final round of action.
"I love the pressure."
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“I like this moment,” Guido said speaking to the officials at the European Tour. “I like the pressure, it’s like a drug. I love pressure, I love playing with a lot of people looking at me and a lot of cameras.
“There was a lot of pressure on the course. After the birdie at the 12th I was leading but it was tough. I just kept patient towards the end, that was it. I enjoyed the last two days very much. The pressure was a lot and I’m happy about how I’m playing under pressure, also with my putting game that I worked a lot on.”
Guido gets to walk away with Kshs 20.5million (equivalent to 183,330 Euros with the current exchange rates)
The prize money, the biggest payout to the winning pro since the tournament’s inception in 1967, is more than double what last year’s champion, Italian Lorenzo Gagli, took home at Muthaiga.