France’s Raphael Jacquelin held off the challenge of Englishman Anthony Wall to win the inaugural Sicilian Open at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa by a single shot.

The leading players had to return to the course early on Monday morning to complete their final rounds after dangerous weather conditions had prompted a two and a half hour delay on Sunday.

Jacquelin had six holes left to play and he carried a one shot advantage over Wall. The Englishman struck with two early birdies but he slumped to a double bogey at the 17th and, even though he responded with another birdie at the closing hole, Jacquelin was able to hold on by the narrowest of margins.

“It was not easy – Anthony made a couple of birdies and put the pressure on me right from the start, he said. “I actually felt a little bit tired this morning and my ball-striking wasn’t as good as it has been but I suppose with a 5am wake-up call I was expecting that.”

Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara finished in a tie for third with Joel Sjoholm of Sweden. Lara, who opened the week with a 65 was left to rue a costly second round of 75.


Eight players, including Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford of Scotland, and Simon Dyson and Jamie Elson of England, were tied for fifth.

Sicilian Open
Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, Sicily
Mar 17-20, purse €1,000,000 par 71

1   Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 66   69   69   68   272   €166,660
2   Anthony Wall (Eng)   66   67   72   68   273   €111,110
T3   Joel Sjoholm (Swe)   70   68   70   69   277   €56,300

T3   Jose Manuel Lara (Esp)   65   75   68   69   277   €56,300
T5   Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)   71   71   69   68   279   €26,300
T5   Lorenzo Gagli (Ita)   72   69   69   69   279   €26,300   
T5   Carlos Del Moral (Esp)   68   70   71   70   279   €26,300
T5   Scott Jamieson (Sco)   71   70   68   70   279   €26,300
T5   Oscar Floren (Swe)   69   68   71   71   279   €26,300
T5   Simon Dyson (Eng)   71   70   67   71   279   €26,300
T5   Peter Whiteford (Sco)   74   68   66   71   279   €26,300
T5   Jamie Elson (Eng)   69   69   69   72   279   €26,300

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only