With Francesco Molinari storming in front of a home crowd, this year’s Italian Open reaches its highly anticipated climax on Sunday, with a raft of European Tour hopefuls still in with a chance of winning.
Marcus Fraser, Nicolas Colsaerts and Joakim Lagergren are the closest challengers to Molinari’s hopes of victory in Turin, but there are others lurking not too far below the surface.
With that in mind, let’s look toward the tee times for Sunday’s remaining starters and consider a few trios who may look to cause a ruckus in the finale’s action.
Marcus Fraser, Joakim Lagergren and Nicolas Colsaerts
A grouping that’s got a great chance of producing an eventual winner of the tournament, Marcus Fraser, Joakim Lagergren and Nicolas Colsaerts all head into the final day of the Italian Open with great momentum behind them.
Marcus Fraser leads the Day Four pack on 11-under-par as he comes into his closing round, while Lagergren and Colsaerts follow up closely on 10-under.
The trio have hit just 14 bogeys and one double bogey between them over the course of the first two days, with Fraser yet to record even one of the former.
Bernd Wiesberger, Matteo Manassero and Scott Hend
Matteo Manassero is another home hopeful who can be jubilant as he heads into his final day at the Golf Club Torino this weekend.
The 20-year-old Italian joins Molinari as a compatriot playing in front of a home crowd and enters Day Four with consistent form, having hit rounds of 70, 70 and 69 in that order so far this weekend, making for a score of seven-under-par.
Meanwhile, Scott Hend and Bernd Wiesberger are closely grouped with the revolutionary youngster, also on seven-under-par, and are hopeful of clawing back some vital scores in the effort to hunt down the leaders.
Thomas Aiken, Mathias Gronberg and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
As the tournament’s defending champions, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano has somewhat of an obligation to improve on his score of three-under-par and launch a big Sunday outing.
The Spaniard is joined by Thomas Aiken and Mathias Gronberg on Day Four, three-under and par, respectively, as he looks to bounce back from a Day Two score of 73 and salvage some pride more than anything.