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Edoardo Molinari © Gallo Images

Molinari wins first title in seven years



Italy's Edoardo Molinari won his third European Tour title and first since 2010 on Sunday by defeating Ireland's Paul Dunne in a sudden-death play-off at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Both men finished tied on nine under par at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam for the four rounds before the more experienced Molinari, 36, triumphed over Dunne, who led by two shots overnight.

The 24-year-old Irishman and ranked 241 in the world, who shared the 54-hole lead in the 2015 Open at St Andrews while still an amateur, had been bidding for his first professional win.

Molinari, whose last victory came at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2010, told www.europeantour.com: "It's fantastic. I've been through some very hard times with injuries and bad form.

"To be able to win this week deletes a lot of bad memories and hopefully I can keep going down this road."

Dunne admitted that his final-round score of one-under 72 let him down.

"I felt like there were just so many shots that slipped away from me," said the Irishman.

"I'm just a bit disappointed not to come out with the result we wanted but it's a step in the right direction."

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Molinari finished his fourth round with an eagle at the 18th to snatch the outright lead but Dunne held his nerve to card a birdie at the last to get to nine under and take the contest to a play-off.

But with Dunne unable to convert his six-foot par putt at the first extra hole, Molinari rolled in from two feet.

Englishman Paul Waring was alone in third on eight under.

FINAL SCORES

PLAY-OFF 

1  Edoardo Molinari (Italy) after 1 

2  Paul Dunne (Ireland)     after 1 

REGULAR ROUNDS 

-9 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 71 74 70 68, Paul Dunne (Ireland) 73 69 69 72 

-8 Paul Waring (Britain) 74 71 69 70 

-6 Lasse Jensen (Denmark) 75 69 70 72, Victor Dubuisson (France) 73 71 72 70 

-5 Chris Hanson (Britain) 74 70 72 71, Daniel Brooks (Britain) 73 71 73 70 

-4 Jordan Smith (Britain) 73 75 70 70, Renato Paratore (Italy) 73 74 66 75, Trevor Fisher (South Africa) 71 70 74 73, Carlos Pigem (Spain) 75 72 69 72, Ashley Chesters (Britain) 73 74 72 69 

-3 Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 72 73 69 75, Jens Fahrbring (Sweden) 73 75 74 67, Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 75 72 71 71, James Morrison (Britain) 70 72 79 68, Haydn Porteous (South Africa) 77 70 74 68, Matthieu Pavon (France) 72 73 72 72 

-2 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 74 69 74 73, Ricardo Gouveia (Portugal) 75 69 73 73, Dylan Frittelli (South Africa) 71 72 72 75, Benjamin Hebert (France) 75 68 78 69, David Drysdale (Britain) 72 76 71 71, Joel Stalter (France) 76 72 71 71, Sebastian Heisele (Germany) 72 73 73 72, Gregory Havret (France) 70 70 75 75 

-1 Pelle Edberg (Sweden) 71 73 75 72, Romain Wattel (France) 72 76 73 70, Max Orrin (Britain) 71 76 75 69, Chris Paisley (Britain) 76 72 71 72, Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) 75 73 71 72, Duncan Stewart (Britain) 72 72 74 73, Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark) 70 71 74 76 

0  Michael Lorenzo-Vera (France) 72 72 72 76, Aaron Rai (Britain) 72 75 72 73, Anthony Wall (Britain) 74 73 70 75, Laurie Canter (Britain) 74 73 74 71, Gary Stal (France) 70 75 75 72, Richard Bland (Britain) 74 73 75 70, Gregory Bourdy (France) 71 71 73 77, Alexander Levy (France) 71 75 74 72, Wade Ormsby (Australia) 75 71 76 70, Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 71 75 74 72, Mikko Ilonen (Finland) 72 73 75 72, Jeff Winther (Denmark) 72 74 73 73 

1  Sebastien Gros (France) 77 70 76 70, Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) 75 73 73 72 

2  Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) 74 71 71 78, Sebastian Soederberg (Sweden) 73 73 75 73, Dean Burmester (South Africa) 78 70 70 76, Mark Foster (Britain) 72 74 75 73, Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 72 76 75 71, Matteo Manassero (Italy) 72 74 72 76, Anton Karlsson (Sweden) 72 73 74 75, Adrien Saddier (France) 73 73 75 73 

3  Adrian Otaegui (Spain) 73 72 73 77, Julien Guerrier (France) 76 71 76 72, Steven Tiley (Britain) 75 72 72 76, Johan Edfors (Sweden) 73 71 80 71 

4  Matthew Nixon (Britain) 74 73 72 77, Tom Lewis (Britain) 75 68 75 78, Daniel Im (U.S.) 74 73 74 75, Lee Slattery (Britain) 74 72 73 77, Ayoub Lguirati (Morocco) 76 71 77 72 

6  Matthew Southgate (Britain) 75 73 75 75 

9  Damien Perrier (France) 74 74 76 77, Jens Dantorp (Sweden)          73 74 79 75, Marcus Armitage (Britain) 76 70 76 79 

10 Richard Johnson (Sweden) 72 76 74 80 

12 Rafael Echenique (Argentina) 73 74 79 78 

14 Ben Evans (Britain) 72 75 79 80  



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