Victory for Fernandez-Castano

  • Last Updated: September 16 2012, 18:17 BST

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano picked up his sixth European Tour victory after he beat off the challenge of Garth Mulroy to win the BMW Italian Open by two shots.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and wife Alicia

The Spaniard did not drop a shot in the fourth round, while his South African counterpart will rue holes six and 17, where he picked up bogeys.

Fernandez-Castano completed the fourth round eight under par to finish 24 under for the tournament.

"It felt like match play out there and I'm delighted to have come out on top," he told europeantour.com. "It feels very special to win this tournament again.

"I knew it would have to be a low round to win today and so it proved. The putts were going in today."

Ryder Cup pick Nicolas Colsaerts, who briefly held the lead after he holed a four-foot eagle on the fifth, could only par the back nine as his challenge faded leaving the top two to battle it out.

Fernandez-Castano was quick out of the blocks and birdied the first to draw level with the overnight leader, but under par scores in the fourth and fifth put Mulroy back in the driving seat.

The 31-year-old turned the screw and birdied four in a row around the turn and although Mulroy replied with three of his own on 13, 14 and 15 a dropped shot on the penultimate hole put pay to his challenge.

Gregory Bourdy did not drop a shot for his 65 to finish third, alongside Matteo Manassero who hit nine birdies in the final round, with a double bogey on the fourth his only blemish.

Collated final-round scores and totals (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

264 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 68 65 67 64

266 Garth Mulroy (Rsa) 66 67 66 67

268 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 69 69 65 65, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 69 64 70 65

270 Gary Boyd 69 70 68 63, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 71 67 65 67, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 70 66 67 67, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 69 66 66 69

271 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 67 69 65 70

272 Anders Hansen (Den) 70 68 67 67, Marc Warren 68 65 72 67, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 71 69 68 64

273 Shane Lowry 70 67 67 69, Keith Horne (Rsa) 66 71 68 68, Victor Dubuisson (Fra) 66 69 69 69, Sam Little 67 68 69 69

274 Richard Bland 66 66 71 71, Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 70 65 71 68, Sam Walker 70 69 68 67, David Howell 66 70 72 66, Bradley Dredge 67 69 70 68

275 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 68 70 67 70, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 70 67 67 71, Joel Sjoholm (Swe) 64 71 69 71, Tommy Fleetwood 69 69 69 68, Michael Hoey 71 67 72 65

276 Damien McGrane 73 65 72 66, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 69 70 70 67, Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 72 68 69 67, Lee Slattery 65 71 69 71, Scott Jamieson 68 69 72 67, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 70 70 68 68, Mark Foster 72 66 70 68, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 69 68 68 71

277 Andrew Johnston 71 67 69 70, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 67 69 70 71, Oliver Wilson 75 65 67 70, Robert Coles 70 66 71 70, Gareth Maybin 66 71 71 69, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 73 66 70 68, Graeme Storm 69 68 69 71, Johan Edfors (Swe) 67 72 69 69, Alex Cejka (Ger) 67 70 72 68, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 68 70 69, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 69 69 69

278 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 68 69 76 65, Robert Rock 70 70 75 63, Phillip Price 68 69 66 75, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 72 68 68 70, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 70 67 70 71, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 67 68 71 72, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 70 75 66

279 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 70 67 69 73, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 71 67 73 68, Richard McEvoy 66 68 73 72, Peter Lawrie 70 70 70 69

280 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 70 69 71 70, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 73 67 72 68, Steve Webster 72 67 69 72, Estanislao Goya (Arg) 71 68 71 70, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 70 65 72 73, Edouard Dubois (Fra) 67 72 69 72

281 Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 70 70 76 65, Thomas Norret (Den) 70 67 69 75, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 70 69 69 73

282 Stephen Dodd 68 71 73 70, Paul Waring 71 69 68 74, Alastair Forsyth 68 71 72 71, Todd Hamilton (USA) 73 67 72 70, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 69 67 75 71

283 Jorge Campillo (Spa) 70 68 71 74

284 Shaun Micheel (USA) 71 68 71 74, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 70 70 76 68

286 Anthony Wall 71 69 74 72