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2020 British Masters: Renato Paratore cruises to victory

Italian avenges playoff loss to Danish teen Rasmus Hojgaard earlier in season with 3-stroke victory on European Tour

62: Number of holes that Renato Paratore played without a bogey before his first miscue as the Italian cruised to a wire-to-wire, three-stroke victory Saturday at the European Tour’s Betfred British Masters. Paratore didn’t make a bogey at Close House Golf Club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, until the par-3 ninth hole of the final round. He closed with a 2-under 69 for an 18-under 266 total. It was the second career victory on the tour for Paratore, 23, who was making his 159th career start. Rookie Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark finished second at 15-under 269. Hojgaard, who was 18 at the time, edged Paratore in a playoff in December to win the AfrAsia Bank Maritius Open. “I’m just really, really happy,” Paratore said. “I played really solid. I didn't expect to come back and win my second one after lockdown, but I worked really hard the last year.” Paratore became only the second Italian to win the British Masters, joining countryman Baldovino Dassu, the 1976 champion. The British Masters was the first of six consecutive events on the U.K. Swing of the tour’s revised schedule since the global coronavirus pandemic suspended play for four months (scores).

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