Golf: Renato Paratore wins British Masters Title in Style
Italy's Renato Paratore maintained remarkable consistency to win the British Masters by three strokes, retaining his overnight lead and finishing at 18-under overall.
Paratore, 23, closed with a two-under par 69 in windy conditions to clinch his second European Tour title.
The Italian held a one-shot lead heading into the fourth round and continued his bogey-free run -- which finally came to an end after 62 holes -- to hold off Denmark's 19-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard who finished second.
In one of the first European Tour events after nearly five months of inactivity due to the coronavirus, Paratore's fellow players formed a socially-distant guard of honour behind the 18th green and he was surprised with a FaceTime call with his mother Cristina.
"It was really amazing," Paratore said. "I did not expect that from my friends on the Tour and it was a really good situation. I loved it and also to see my mum was a lovely surprise."
Paratore, who won the Nordea Masters in 2017, added: "This one feels amazing. I am really happy. I did not expect to come back and win so soon after lockdown but I have worked really hard the last year."
Paratore became the second Italian to win the event after Baldovino Dassu 44 years ago.