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05.06.2017 - European Tour, Nordea Masters, Barsebäck Golf & Country Club, Malmö. Schweden. Renato Paratore claims maiden title in Sweden

Renato Paratore won his first European Tour title as he held off the challenge of Chris Wood and defending champion 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.

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Renato Paratore claims his maiden title at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. © Getty Images

With the 20 year old Renato Paratore 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. Matthew Fitzpatrick had birdied the last to sign for a 68 and set the target at ten under on a rainy day in Malmö but ultimately fell a shot short of a play-off. South African George Coetzee and Dane Thorbjørn Olesen finished at nine under par, a shot clear of Frenchman Matthieu Pavon. Renato Paratore's victory comes in his 83rd appearance and will move him into the top 150 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Coetzee had started the day seven shots off the lead but set the course record with a brilliant 66 containing nine birdies, the last of which was a stunning chip-in on the 15th. He still held the lead as the final group started the back nine and at one point there was a five-way tie for the lead between Coetzee, Donaldson, Olesen, Wood and Paratore. It was the latter two who broke out of the pack as they recovered from shaky starts with Paratore having bogeyed the third but he got back under par for the day thanks to an excellent tee-shot on the par three eighth and a right-to-lefter on the ninth. Chris Wood had made bogeys on the first, third and seventh but birdied the sixth and ninth to turn in 37 before a six-footer on the tenth had him back in that share of the lead. Paratore took advantage of the par five 12th before Wood repeated the trick but it was Paratore who edged ahead again with a 25-foot putt on the 14th. An excellent approach to the 16th moved Wood back into a share of the lead while Paratore made clutch putts for par on the 16th and 17th in what was proving to be a nervy finish. Another good par save followed on the last and when Wood had to take a drop after sending his final tee-shot into the trees, the trophy belonged to Paratore, who said: “I feel really great. The first win, I will remember this my entire life. Also to be here at a nice tournament like this with this crowd has been really good. It feels amazing to be in the winner’s circle with Italians like the Molinaris, Manassero and Rocca."

Round Four Scores

281 R Paratore (Ita) 68 72 71 70, 
282 M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 73 70 71 68, C Wood (Eng) 74 68 68 72, 
283 T Olesen (Den) 72 70 70 71, G Coetzee (RSA) 73 71 73 66, 
284 M Pavon (Fra) 74 69 74 67, 
285 J Donaldson (Wal) 69 69 75 72, 
286 B Hebert (Fra) 70 71 70 75, E Pepperell (Eng) 70 74 71 71, J Wang (Kor) 72 71 70 73, N Colsaerts (Bel) 73 72 72 69, A Sullivan (Eng) 73 71 73 69, M Siem (Ger) 74 73 71 68, A Connelly (Can) 72 70 73 71, 
287 A Noren (Swe) 75 70 71 71, B Dredge (Wal) 69 74 74 70, C Blomstrand (Swe) 74 72 72 69, A Levy (Fra) 74 72 68 73, M Orrin (Eng) 68 73 72 74, L Westwood (Eng) 73 72 72 70, 
288 J Smith (Eng) 75 70 72 71, S Jamieson (Sco) 73 71 74 70, G Bourdy (Fra) 73 74 68 73, R Fox (Nzl) 75 72 71 70, N Lemke (Swe) 75 71 70 72, 
289 L Haotong (Chn) 70 75 72 72, H Stenson (Swe) 73 72 75 69, J Guerrier (Fra) 73 73 71 72, J Lima (Por) 71 73 70 75, 
290 N Kimsey (Eng) 74 73 74 69, A Cañizares (Esp) 76 71 68 75, S Chawrasia (Ind) 71 73 71 75, K Broberg (Swe) 73 72 71 74, D Lipsky (USA) 75 72 72 71, R Green (Aus) 72 71 75 72, 
291 E De La Riva (Esp) 76 71 71 73, J Van Zyl (RSA) 72 74 71 74, J Edfors (Swe) 77 69 75 70, P Waring (Eng) 75 71 75 70, R Ramsay (Sco) 73 72 73 73, 
292 T Lewis (Eng) 71 72 78 71, G Storm (Eng) 73 68 75 76, L Canter (Eng) 74 72 72 74, S Kapur (Ind) 73 73 71 75, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 73 72 76 71, S Soderberg (Swe) 71 73 73 75, 
293 R Karlberg (Swe) 72 75 76 70, R Sterne (RSA) 75 68 76 74, J Fahrbring (Swe) 72 75 73 73, A Bernadet (Fra) 76 71 75 71, S Hend (Aus) 71 72 76 74, S Gros (Fra) 75 70 72 76, 
294 S Gallacher (Sco) 74 71 75 74, T Jaidee (Tha) 72 73 77 72, J Winther (Den) 71 75 73 75, R Bland (Eng) 77 70 74 73, 
295 S Brazel (Aus) 76 71 73 75, S Dyson (Eng) 73 73 78 71, N Elvira (Esp) 73 73 75 74, F Aguilar (Chi) 72 73 74 76, D Brooks (Eng) 73 73 73 76, 
296 L Jensen (Den) 74 72 75 75, P Hanson (Swe) 73 72 74 77, L Bjerregaard (Den) 73 74 78 71, 
297 A Dodt (Aus) 77 68 73 79, Z Lombard (RSA) 73 72 75 77, M Southgate (Eng) 72 74 76 75, 
298 J Lagergren (Swe) 74 70 77 77, O Gillberg (am) (Swe) 76 69 76 77, 
299 F Nilehn (am) (Swe) 76 70 76 77, 
302 P Edberg (Swe) 72 75 76 79, 
304 M Manassero (Ita) 75 72 80 77,