Italian Edoardo Molinari has claimed his first European Tour win at the Barclays Scottish Open, he can now join he brother who has one European title under his belt.
He managed to keep his third round lead in extremely tough conditions on the final day. Edoardo finished the day on 74 which was eleven shots greater than the 63 he carded on Saturday. This was enough to finish with a clear three stroke victory over Clarke.
All was not in vain for Clarke whose runner up prize was a place in the prestigious St Andrews Open next week which the Italian had already qualified for.
You need to go back over forty years to find the last set of brother to play on the same Ryder Cup team when Bernard and Geoffrey Hunt joined together in the 1963 event. However younger brother Francesco has moved from eight to fifth place with a joint fourth finish and Edoardo gains five places to sixth.
Raphael Jacquelin secured the third spot to himself after a birdie on the final hole to finish at eight under. Joining the Italian brother in joint fourth was Stephen Gallacher on home solid and the Swede Peter Hedblom. Lowry held onto seventh whilst the rest of the top ten included Fisher, Sabbatini and Edfors.
Clarke had a truly awful start to the final round in which he dropped three shots on the opening three holes in which he bogeyed the second and found a double bogey seven on the third after finding muddy water at the side of the green.
An ecstatic Molinari was delighted that him and his brother played well in the same weekend but also that he now leads his brother in the world rankings.
“Now I hope Francesco wins next week!
“I was very nervous to be honest. The last few holes are very difficult and Darren hit a great shot on 17. My five-iron there was probably my best shot and the drive on 18 was great.”