This year isn’t all bad — especially if you’re Ross McGowan.
After 11 years and 15 days, McGowan finally snapped his winless streak on the European Tour Sunday at the Italian Open. McGowan shot rounds of 66-64-67-71 at Chervò Golf Club in San Vigilio di Pozzolengo, Brescia, Italy, to win his second Euro Tour event at 20 under.
Laurie Canter and Nicolas Colsaerts finished one shot behind McGowan at 19 under. Sebastian Heisele finished in fourth at 18 under while five others including Martin Kaymer finished T-5 at 17 under.
“I can’t believe it,” McGowan said after his win. “Hit the ball terrible today. Luckily the putter kept me in it again.”
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McGowan, 38, last won the Madrid Masters on Oct. 10, 2009, a tournament he won by three shots.
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The 2006 English Amateur Championship said he was lucky to have success when he did today because he was “hitting it all over the place.” McGowan began the round alongside Canter with the lead at 19 under, but a rollercoaster of a start to his final round cast some doubt on snapping his winless streak in Italy.
On the front nine, McGowan went bogey-birdie-double bogey-eagle on Nos. 3-6 before adding another bogey on No. 8 to finish the front nine 1 over, but still square with Canter with nine holes left to play. McGowan added another birdie and bogey on Nos. 13 and 14 before ending his round with a birdie on 16 and one on 18 to slam the door on any chance of a playoff, something McGowan called “magical” after the round.