Guido Migliozzi hit a stunning birdie on the final hole as he stormed to an incredible one-shot, comeback victory in the French Open at Le Golf National on Sunday.
The Italian was 13 shots off the lead after two rounds, and still five behind going into the final day, but made nine birdies in a round of 62 to edge Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard who led for three rounds.
Migliozzi sealed his 16-under-par win on the last hole following a breathtaking five-iron from almost 200 yards that cleared the lake on front of the green, almost going in before finishing six feet past the hole.
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The 25-year-old stroked the putt in for a 62 and a share of the course record to claim his third DP World Tour win and first in three years.
He was the only player to make birdie at the hole for the entire day.
Migliozzi pocketed $A742,210 for winning the French Open.
Hojgaard, who had seen a six-shot second-round lead reduced to just one heading into Sunday, had only two birdies after his eagle at the third.
“An explosion of feeling. It has been an incredible day,” said Migliozzi, who made the cut 13 shots off the lead before his round of 66 on Saturday rekindled his hopes.
“I love to battle on the golf course and today I received something back. It was a beautiful day of golf.”
South African George Coetzee and Belgian Thomas Pieters’ hopes ended at the 14th as trips to the water resulted in a triple-bogey seven and double-bogey six respectively and the pair finished in a tie for third with Frenchman Paul Barjon on 11 under.