Thomas Pieters was not even close to contending for the Italian Open title on the final day, but he ended the tournament with a leading contender for fastest round of the year.
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Just a day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first man in history to run a marathon in under two hours, Pieters broke the two-hour barrier for 18 holes of tournament golf at Olgiata near Rome.
Out first on his own at 7:28am local time after a third-round 79 left him propping up the field, Pieters completed his final round in a remarkable one hour, 59 minutes according to the data on his fitness app that he published on social media.
Pieters opened with a birdie, just his ninth of a disappointing tournament, and he completed the front-nine around an hour after teeing off despite running up a triple-bogey seven at the eighth.
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The big-hitting Belgian kept the pace up after the turn, and put together his best back-nine of the week as he mixed two birdies with seven pars and signed for a creditable level-par 71 – eight shots fewer than his third round which included a quintuple-bogey nine at the 12th.
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