Belgian Knockout: Guido Migliozzi beats Darius van Driel in final
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 03/06/19 10:40am
Guido Migliozzi secured a second European Tour win of the season after defeating Darius van Driel in the final of the Belgian Knockout.
The Italian beat Made In Denmark champion Bernd Wiesberger in the quarter-finals and despatched Ewen Ferguson in the semi-finals, before claiming a four shot win over Van Driel in the final.
Victory in the unique event, where players competed in 36 holes of stroke play and then knockout matches over nine holes of match play, moved Migliozzi into 21st on the Race to Dubai and inside the world's top 100.
"I'm playing solid and I will try to continue this quality in the future," Migliozzi said. "He (Van Driel) played very solid, we played together on the Challenge Tour and it's been a great match. He's a good player."
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After beating Wiesberger by a shot in the last eight and finishing three clear Ferguson in the semi-finals, Migliozzi made the perfect start to the final by holing a 10-foot birdie at the opening hole.
Migliozzi three-putted from just off the second green for par and three-putted at the par-three next to drop a shot, only to regain his advantage with a birdie at the par-four fifth.
The lead quickly became three when Van Driel three-putted the fifth and failed to get up and down from off the back of the sixth green, before the pair exchanged birdies over the next two holes.
As Migliozzi made par at the ninth to close out a three-under 32, Van Driel carded a final-hole bogey to extend the Italian's winning margin.
Ferguson beat Havret by four shots in the play-off to claim third place ahead of the Frenchman, while Matthew Southgate, Gavin Green and Marcel Siem joined Wiesberger in tied-fifth.