GOLF: Clyburn just misses out in battle for Italian Open title

Holly  Cyburn - just missed out in Italian Open
Holly Cyburn - just missed out in Italian Open

Woodhall Spa golfer Holly Clyburn came within one shot of winner her second title on the European Ladies Tour last weekend.

Clyburn finished runner-up to another England star, Florentyna Parker, in the battle for the Italian Open title at Perguia Golf Club in Umbria.

In the end, a bogey five at the penultimate hole of the contest denied Clyburn a chance to claim victory.

Her tee shot at the 17th finished under a bush.

She was forced to take a penalty drop and despite an outstanding approach, she missed her putt for par from just over six feet.

That miss proved to be expensive as Parker took the title with an aggregate score of 209 - one better than Clyburn.

The Woodhall star had always been among the front-runners from the first day of the tournament.

For a long time, it looked like the title would either go to her - or England’s Rebecca Hudson.

On the final day, it was Parker who stepped up the pressure, helped by a remarkable two at the 425-yard 14th hole when she holed her second shot from over 160 yards with a six iron.

Clyburn produced her own magic to grab an eagle that kept her hopes very much alive - until that one lapse off the 17th tee.

Clyburn told the Tour’s official website: “It was hard luck and I’ve just got to take it on the chin. I played really well.

“Hats off to Flo for that two. It was a big shot in the end.”

Clyburn will now switch her attention to the next tour event, the European Masters at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, starting tomorrow (Thursday).

The big one, though, is the British Open at Royal Birkdale, starting on July 10 when Clyburn will be hoping to spearhead the home challenge for success.