Julien Quesne: Came home in 31 to post an unbeatable score
A birdie-birdie finish gave Julien Quesne of France victory in the Italian Open in Turin on Sunday.
Quesne, who had a breakthrough season last year when he triumphed in Andalucia, had a mountain to climb after making double bogey at the second.
However, he got those shots back before the turn and with the leaders coming back to the field all of a sudden it was all to play for.
GB & Ire unless stated
-12 J Quesne (Fra)
-11 D Higgins
-11 S Webster
-10 E Grillo (Arg)
-10 F Andersson Hed (Swe)
-10 F Aguilar (Chl)
-10 N Colsaerts (Bel)
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Quesne, who began the day four behind Marcus Fraser, came home in 31 after chipping in from the from of the 17th and then backing it up with another birdie from six feet at the closing hole.
It left him in the clubhouse lead on 12-under-par following a round of 67 and it was a total none of the other players could match.
Fraser cemented his overnight lead with a birdie at the first but two bogeys going out and two more dropped shots at a crucial time at 15 and 16 saw him relinquish his grip on the title.
Englishman Steve Webster had earlier posted -11 after an outrageous 60ft putt across the 17th green for an unlikely birdie, but he was unable to find another at the last.
Irishman David Higgins got himself into contention with a hat-trick of birdies from the seventh and held a share of the lead after picking up another shot at the 14th.
But he, like Webster, failed to get up and down from sand at the 16th and although he birdied the last from 15 feet it was only good enough to match Webster's number.
Felipe Aguilar was another in contention after a birdie at the 16th but gave it back at the next to see his chances of victory subside.
He finished in a tie for fourth on -10 alongside Fredrik Andersson Hed, Emiliano Grillo and Nicolas Colsaerts.
In the end, all those at the top of the leaderboard after Saturday's third round played themselves out of contention. Fraser bogeyed three of the last four holes to card a 74, while Francesco Molinari (75) and Joakim Lagergren (76) also had bad days at the office.