Magical Kenya Open 2019 [Photos]

By Gameyetu: Monday, March 18th 2019 at 09:29 GMT +3 | Golf
Italy's Guido Migliozzi lifts the Magical Kenya open Trophy [Courtesy]

Italy's Guido Migliozzi became the second Italian to win the coveted Magical Kenya 2019 presented by Absa yesterday.

The 22-year-old Italian, ranked 28th on the Road to Dubai, carded a closing 16-under 69 to claim the Sh20.5 million purse at Karen Golf & Country Club.

Migliozzi's victory is the second successive win by an Italian at the Barclays Kenya Open, renamed Magical Kenya Open, after Lorenzo Gagli, who won last year.

Migliozzi waded off stiff challenge from South African Justin Hardin, who carded a closing -15-under 66, tied on second place finish with compatriot Louis De Jager. 

It was his first European Tour win and indeed first top 10 on any major circuit, having graduated through Qualifying School, prior to which his three victories had all come on the Alps Tour.

Migliozzi showed no sign of nerves as he reached the 18th leading by one, with his second shot into the par four hitting the flag. From there he two-putted to secure victory.

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"Today was a great battle. I like this moment, I like the pressure. It is like a drug. I like playing with a lot of people watching me and a lot of cameras," said Migliozzi in a post-match interview.

Here are some photos from the magnificent tournament captured by Game Yetu: 

Thika Golf Club's Simon Ngige lines up a putt on the final round of the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship. He finished the tournament with a 5-under par score to tie in 25th [Courtesy]
The 2019 Magical Kenya Open winner Guido Migliozzi tees off at the fourth round of action [Courtesy]
The 2019 Magical Kenya Open winner Guido Migliozzi celebrates after making the last put at the tournament [Courtesy]
A marshal at work on the final round of the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship [Courtesy]
Thika's Simon Ngige tees off for the final round of the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship [Courtesy]
President Uhuru Kenyatta presents junior golfer Mutahi Kibugu with a Silver Salver in recognition of the junior's debut at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship [Courtesy]
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates Kenya's top pro at the 2019 Magical Kenya Golf Championship, Simon Ngige, who finished tied in 25th. He took home Kshs 1.2 million for his efforts [Courtesy]
President Uhuru Kenyatta presents junior golfer Bradley Mogire with a Silver Salver in recognition of the junior's debut at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship [Courtesy]
President Uhuru Kenyatta helps Guido Migliozzi wear the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship winner's jacket after the Italian was crowned champion at the tournament [Courtesy]
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