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Adrian Meronk wins at the 2023 Italian Open

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The 2023 Italian Open golf goes to the strongest golfer present. Adrian Meronk, 29 years old and number 63 in the world, wins at the Marco Simone di Guidonia Montecelio with a final -13. For the Pole, the possibility of returning to this field in 145 days as a Ryder Cup player is now very, very concrete.

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Adrian Meronk is a non-character who, in his own way, becomes one. On his website, between photos and biography, it is possible to download the AM logo. An unusual choice like Meronk’s life, born in Hamburg of Polish parents, raised in his homeland and then flew to Tennessee to study and improve his golf. “Now my home is in Dubai” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport a few days ago, trusting that he too is a friend of the Juventus player Szczęsny. “Two years ago I finished second by a blow – he said at the end of the day – and I have to admit that this course is tough but I like it. The hardest shot? The putter for par at 17 because I felt they were going strong behind me”.

Those who know him well are ready to bet that “his future is on the PGA Tour, that he will enter the top ten of the Race to Dubai 2023 (the order of merit of the circuit) and that he will win again this year”. The first Pole to play on the Tour, Adrian was also the first from his country to establish himself on the European circuit (twice last year, namely the Horizon Irish Open and the Isps Handa Australian Open). Easy to believe that golf in Poland will grow soon.

In Rome, the public (certainly not the one on big occasions) adopted Meronk and rooted for him throughout the last lap. On the sidelines there was not a French supporter even weighing in gold except for those who followed the transalpine team Langasque-Guerrier. The final ovation at the 18th hole for his birdie was understandable, a boulder on the French hopes of a comeback.

Meronk won by going long over these four days, climbing positions hole after hole. His cumbersome presence put pressure on the French into contention. The last to give up was Romain Langasque who, after Saturday’s 62 (course record in the Ryder Cup version) shot 70 shots. His birdies at 17 and 18 were in vain.

One by one the potential third party intruders stepped aside. Pulkannen tried but the three bogeys in the middle of the lap postponed the first victory on the circuit. Same holes, same fate for the South African Van Tonder who scores two bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies. Julien Guerrier, leader at the start, perhaps feels the tension as the two bogeys try on 1 and 2. He finishes third, with +2 on the day for a total -10

More than positive Sunday for Nicolai Hojgaard, the best of the day with his -6 which gives him a final -7. Swedish Bjork also did well, -8 overall.

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