British Masters won by Renato Paratore in Close House

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Renato Paratore won his first European Tour event at the Nordea Masters in 2017 -18 R Paratore (Ita); -15 R Hojgaard (Den); -14 J Harding (SA); -13 A Sullivan (Eng), R Rock (Eng), D Whitnell (Eng); -12 O Fisher (Eng) Selected: -3 MA Jimenez (Spa); -2 E Pepperell (Eng); +8 L Westwood (Eng)

Renato Paratore from Italy won the British Masters in Close House to claim his second European Tour victory.

The 23-year-old had a two-under 69 to win over 18 under, three clear from 19-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard (70), with Justin Harding third in South Africa.

English trio Andy Sullivan (67), Robert Rock (69) and Dale Whitnell (71) were joint fourth in 13 under.

Tournament host Lee Westwood finished eighth after a 79 with a five-time bogey eight on the ninth.

The 47-year-old, who is also the British Masters in 2017 on the course near Newcastle, where he is a member, said after his round that despite the excellent work it took to getting the event in the midst of the coronavirus event crisis felt "out of my comfort zone" all week.

The players, caddies, officials and media all are in a bio-bubble this week and are staying at the hotel on site.

And it was Paratore who triumphed after a sparkling display that saw him play his first 62 holes this week without dropping a shot.

His first bogey of the tournament reached the par-three ninth in the last round of Saturday and he dropped another shot on the 11th.

But birdies at the fourth, seventh, 10th and 17th holes saw him pick up a comfortable winner.

He was briefly challenged by Harding and Hojgaard, but bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes respectively, but ended their challenge.

It was the first of six European Tour events to be held in the UK this summer and to be held in the Forest of Arden next week.

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