King of the Mountain, Jordi Garcia del Moral Wins Cervino Open
Breuil-Cervinia (Italy), September 4th, 2020 – After a closely fought final round, Jordi Garcia del Moral emerged the victor of the Cervino Open with an overall 189 (-15). His win keeps him at number 2 on the Alps Tour Order of Merit.
Teeing off in the last flight at 9;28am, there was a moment of doubt for the Spanish player after a wobbly start on the 1st and 2nd:
“I made bogey, bogey on the first two holes and I was thinking that the same thing could happen as happened at the Gösser Open*. So, on the third tee I was thinking that my game had been perfect the last two days, so I just had to stay focussed.”
(*ed: lost on the last two holes after leading for two days)
And focussed he became, firing two birdies and six pars for par (34) to be back to -11 overall on the 10th tee. However, his playing partner and yesterday’s joint leader, Sebastien Gandon from France, played -1 (33) for a -12 to be one stroke ahead at this point. And the third member of the flight, the Dutchman, Pierre Verlaar carded a -2 (34) to stand at -10.
Moreover, in the flight ahead of them, the Italian Stefano Mazzoli had birdied the 10th to put him at -11 and Romain Guillon from France parred to be at -10. The pressure was on. But as Jordi said it is often easier to play when coming from behind:
“When you are leading it’s very difficult because you want to try to do your best but at the same time you are looking at the guys who are coming just behind of you.”
Indeed, Gandon bogeyed the tenth, Jordi parred, and they drew even at -11. Verlaar bogeyed and moved back to -9. But ahead of them, Guillon fired 3 birdies in a row and Mazzoli two pars and an eagle, taking them both to -13 on the 14th tee.
Following behind them, after playing two birdies and a par, Jordi also arrived at the 14th at -13 but Gandon, despite a birdie on the 11th fell back to -12 after a double bogey on the 12th. Verlaar’s eagle on the 13th took him to -11.
Despite the scores being so close, the rest of the tournament was played out between the three players sitting at -13 on the 14th and five holes to go: Stefano Mazzoli in the flight with Romain Guillon and just behind them, Jordi Garcia del Moral.
Romain Guillon played bogey, 3 pars and birdie to finish at 191 (-13) to take third place. Whilst Stefano Mazzoli entered the clubhouse at 190 (-14) with four pars and a birdie and a fantastic -7 (61) for the day. This result puts him at the top of the OofM.
At this point, Jordi Garcia del Moral took full advantage of the new Alps Tour mobile phone scoring app:
“Normally I like to check the scores every three holes but on the 17th I wanted to know what Stefano had scored on the last hole.”
So, he knew that they were level at this stage, but he then made a fantastic birdie on the 17th and completed the round at 189 (-15) to claim his first Alps Tour victory. His victory was extra special as he emotionally dedicated it to his recently born second child:
“I wanted to win the Gösser for him, but didn’t, so this, this win is for him.”
Jordi Garcia del Moral confirmed that he will be present at the next tournament which takes place in France. Rendezvous at the Mirabelle Open in Metz from 11th to 13th September for more amazing golf from the rising stars of the Alps Tour.
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