Italy makes history and wins the World Amateur Team Championship in Paris


Italy made history on Saturday.

Teenager Marco Florioli fired a 6-under 66 without bogey, and a 3-under 68 from Pietro Bovari led Italy to the Eisenhower Trophy in the Men’s World Amateur Team Championship on Saturday at Le Golf National in Paris, France. It was the country’s first medal in 32 WATC appearances. Italy beat Sweden by one stroke and the United States finished third, four strokes behind Italy.

“The key point today is that I saw our players win without thinking about the results,” Italy captain Matteo Delpodio said. “They were winners on the golf course. When you see players playing this way with this attitude, the results don’t matter. What matters is that they played like champions.

Gordon Sargent of the United States of America plays his second shot on the 10th hole during the final round of the 2022 Eisenhower Trophy at Le Golf National in Paris, France on Saturday September 3, 2022 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

The World Amateur Tag Team Championship consists of four rounds of move play, with each team’s two lowest individual scores counting each day.

The par-5 14th hole was decisive in the sequence. Florioli was the first Italian player out and chipped in, then Bovari followed with an eagle for a three-stroke win over Sweden.

“I felt like I was going to birdie that chip, and I did,” Florioli said.

Although there is no official recognition, Sweden’s Tobias Jonsson was the lowest individual with a 17-under score of 269.

Italy’s winning World Amateur Team during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Eisenhower Trophy at Le Golf National in Paris, France, on Saturday September 3, 2022 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

Austin Greaser played well for the United States, turning in the 60s every four days. Norway finished in fourth place, their best result ever.

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