Challenge Tour Hotting Up In Tuscany
While the world’s golfing gaze was set firmly on Muirfield this week, the European Challenge Tour was busy providing it’s own multiple thrills and spills at the Tuscany Open.
The eventual winner after a rip-roaring week of action was home-favourite Marco Crespi who came home with a stunning 65 to win by one on 17-under.
A stunning week of golf saw countless threaten, with the likes of former British Amateur Champion at Muirfield, and former silver-medal winning top amateur at the Open Jin Jeong, shooting a third round 63 to go into the final round as joint leader.
Knut Borsheim, who had led from the off after an opening 62 and was tied with Jeong thru 54 holes ended in a tie for second place with Jose-Filipe Lima on 16-under, but simply no one could keep with the rampant Italian on the final day.
Crespi’s triumph bore great resemblance with that of Phil Mickelson’s at Muirfield, as the pair of big winners on European soil this week almost simultaneously charged from the pack with four birdies in their closing six holes.
Crespi’s triumph though was also in great contrast to that of Mickelson’s, in that big Phil landed his victory across the pond, where Crespi pulled it off in his own backyard.
Crespi said: “It was perfect to win on home soil. I had so much support and everyone really enjoyed it.”
This week of top-class club jousting further underlined the importance of the Challenge Tour in breeding the stars of the future, and also as an ultra-competitive environment for seasoned-pros such as Crespi.
Many threatened, many hoped, but in the end Marco ruled triumphant.