Renato Paratore earned his second European Tour title after a brilliant display of his skills and wrapped up the game with a 2-under 69 containing his first bogeys of the week.
Over four months of break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Tour made its full return at Close House Golf Club. Paratore entered the final day with a one-shot lead in the tough windy conditions in the northeast of England, carding a 69 to finish at 18 under, three shots ahead of Dane Rasmus Højgaard, who closed with a 70.
The event witnessed no spectators and featuring regular COVID-19 testing of players and caddies. No stone has been left unturned by the European Tour in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease.
Justin Harding of South Africa was third after a 72, with three players – Andy Sullivan (67), Robert Rock (69) and Dale Whitnell (71) – in a tie for fourth.
The tournament host and the only player competing this week sitting in the world’s top 50, Lee Westwood carded a closing 79 which included an 8 on the par-three 9th hole. He finished in 70th place – the last of the players who made the cut – after starting out as favourite.
The tournament has been live telecasted on 1SPORTS.