16th October 2017
Jordan Smith delivered a thrilling performance on the final day of the Italian Open as both the 24-year-old and Chris Hanson enjoyed positive displays at the fifth Rolex Series event of the season. The pair headed to the Milano course with different objectives; Jordan was looking to bounce back after missing the cut at the Dunhill Links, while Chris was looking to rubberstamp his position inside the top 100 of the Race to Dubai – both of which were met successfully.
Being a Rolex Series event, matters in Italy took on an added importance with players vying for position with a share of the $7,000,000 prize pot up for grabs. The pair both got off to under-par starts, with Chris firing an opening round of 68 (-3) and Jordan signing for an opening round of 70 (-1).
With most of the field scoring strongly, the cut looked set to fall around the three-under-par mark with plenty on offer for all those who could progress into the weekend. Chris safely negotiated the cut gaining another shot on the second day to head into moving day on four-under-par in T50. Meanwhile Jordan enjoyed an excellent second day to propel himself into the weekend after a four-under-par score saw him placed in T38 on -5.
Moving into Saturday’s play, scoring across the board remained low meaning Chris and Jordan would need to enjoy excellent rounds to push them towards the upper reaches of the leader board. Chris carded a level-par third round on moving day as the TPS-sponsored player sat in T55 ahead of the final day’s play. Jordan went one better himself, gaining a further shot to lead himself into Sunday on six-under-par in T43.
Ahead of the weekend, Chris knew that another strong performance would all but assure his position inside the top-100 of the Race to Dubai rankings and with it, secure his European Tour playing rights for 2018. Achieving this in style, Chris carded a three-under-par final round to take his score for the week to -7 and lift himself into T50.
MB Partners’ final day success did not end there as Jordan produced a memorable performance to fire himself up the leader board into a T21 and fourteen-under par finish. Firing nine birdies on his way to an eight-under-par round of 63, the Aggreko-supported player proved to be one of the day’s biggest climbers marking another memorable week in his debut European Tour season.
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf at MB Partners, was delighted for each of the pair as they achieved their own separate successes.
“I’m very happy for both Jordan and Chris individually. They both produced very solid performances at the Italian Open, with both guys aiming to push up the Race to Dubai. It has been very pleasing to watch Jordan navigate the struggles of the past few weeks and a strong performance in his last regular tour event of the season will provide a great injection of confidence heading into the final series. Chris will be looking to have another strong week in Spain at Valderrama, which will hopefully see him into Turkey, which would be a fantastic achievement.”
This coming week sees Chris joined by Duncan Stewart and John Parry as the European Tour heads to Spain for the Valderrama Masters which represents Duncan’s and John’s final appearances of the season on the main tour.