Italian Open: Nicolai Hojgaard wins to make history with twin brother Rasmus

Nicolai Hojgaard (centre) his brother Ramus Hojgaard (right) and his caddie Christian Baeck (left)
Nicolai Hojgaard (centre), his brother Ramus (right) and his caddie Christian Baeck (left)
Final leaderboard
-13 Hojgaard (Den); -12 Fleetwood (Eng), Meronk (Pol); -11 Laporta (Ita); -10 Bland (Eng), Kawamura (Jap), Molinari (Ita)

Denmark's Nicolai Hojgaard made history as he won the Italian Open, a week after his twin brother Rasmus won on the European Tour.

Nicolai sealed victory in Rome with a birdie to win by one shot from England's Tommy Fleetwood and Poland's Adrian Meronk.

It came seven days after Rasmus secured victory at the European Masters with a birdie for his third title.

The 20-year-olds are the first brothers to win back-to-back events on the tour.

"It means a lot. I've been grinding for a long time and seeing Rasmus win three times made me want to do it even more," said Nicolai, who finished on 13 under after carding a level-par 71 in his final round.

"I'm very happy that Rasmus, his girlfriend and my girlfriend were around watching.

"I really appreciate it because I haven't been [able] with any of his wins to see him. I could only see him in the crowd.

"It really means a lot to me and it's just a very special day."

Fleetwood, who shot a 71 to finish on 12 under, was seeking a first win since November 2019.

"Fair play to Nicolai - there's obviously something very special happening with those brothers and that's going to be exciting in the future," he said.

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