Italy’s Edoardo Molinari used a clutch eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff, then beat Ireland’s Paul Dunne on the first hole of it to take the Trophee Hassan II title on Sunday, his first European Tour win in seven years.
It certainly seemed like the playoff would continue to at least a second hole, but Dunne missed a six-foot par putt, allowing Molinari to tap in from two feet out for his third career Euro Tour win.
“To be able to win this week deletes a lot of bad memories and hopefully I can keep going down this road,” he said.
Molinari was four strokes off the lead to start the day and dropped to five back when he bogeyed No. 1.
He began turning things around with back-to-back birdies on No.2 and 3, but still wound up with a 36 on the front nine. He caught fire on the back nine like few others have this season. He birdied 11 and sank an eagle putt on No. 12 to tie for second at 7-under.
The spirited run looked over when he bogeyed No. 16 to fall to three shots down with two left, but he birdied 17 and drilled a 20-foot eagle on 18 to make it a playoff.
“After the 12th hole I thought I had a chance, then I missed a short putt at the 13th. I had another chance on 15 – didn’t make it – then when you bogey 16 you think it’s almost over because on the 17th today you’d be happy with a par,” Molinari said. “I managed to hit a great five iron to seven or eight feet and I made the putt. That gave me a boost going down the last – I still had a chance.”
The win saw him rise from 90th to 14th in the Race to Dubai standings. By finishing second, Dunne climbed from 66th to 20th.