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Jonathan Caldwell finishes with a flourish to land new record new high and €30k prize money



Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Only a week after recording his best finish on the European Tour, Clandeboye's Jonathan Caldwell continued his fine run of form by breaking that record at the Italian Open in Brescia.

The 36-year-old carded his third straight round of 68 on Sunday to finish at 17 under par at Chervo GC, earning himself a share of fifth place and beating his previous best result - last week's seventh placed finish at the Scottish Championship.

Victory went to England's Ross McGowan, who sank a 20ft birdie putt on the 18th to end an 11-year wait for a second European Tour title, holding off Laurie Canter and Nicolas Colsaerts by one stroke to take the win.

Caldwell had a strong finish, birdieing two of his last four holes - including the par-five 18th - to get to that mark, earning him just under €30,000 and moving him up to 105th in the Race to Dubai.

"I arrived in Italy having played nicely last week in Scotland with a share of seventh place, so I was looking to better that and the birdie there at the last gave me the chance to have done that," said the world No.433.

"Overall, I am very pleased with how I played this week."

McGowan, ranked 560th in the world, did just enough to hold off fellow countryman Canter, carding an eventful one under 71 in his final round to claim the title by one shot at 20 under par.

Playing partner Canter, who had led after each of the first three rounds, missed out after he was only able to sign for a level par 72, while former Ryder Cup star Colsaerts came up one stroke short after a four under 68.

Unfortunately it was not such a good finish for Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin, who struggled to a three over 75 in his final round to end the week six under par overall in a tie for 60th.

The Ulster pair have already arrived in Cyprus ahead of back-to-back events in Paphos, starting with this week's Cyprus Open and Caldwell is hopeful he can continue his recent upturn in form.

"I'm looking forward to it and also some heat in Cyprus for two weeks and maybe we can carry on with the good form," he added.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Meadow (Galgorm Castle) finished in a tie for 34th at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia, while Cavan's Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) was tied-69th.

Belfast Telegraph