TURIN, Italy - Julien Quesne of France made five birdies on the back nine to win the Italian Open by one stroke Sunday for his second European Tour victory.
The 33-year-old Quesne began the day four shots off the lead and looked out of contention when he double-bogeyed the second hole. But he got one shot back on the fourth, another at the sixth and then stormed home in 31 for a 5-under 67 at the Circolo Golf Torino.
Quesne finished the tournament at 12-under 276, one stroke ahead of David Higgins of Ireland and Steve Webster of England.
Nicolas Colsaerts was in a group of four others who finished two strokes back at 10-under.
"To enjoy a second win on The European Tour is like a dream for me," said Quesne, who rose to No. 41 in the Race to Dubai standings.
"When I made the birdie on 17 I thought that if I could get to 12 under then I would have the chance at least to get into a play-off. You never know in golf, so I am proud that I kept the attitude the way I did because I always knew that I was never out of the tournament," he said.
“I have had a great season this year – it has been a very consistent season with six top tens before this week and now it has become an amazing season. I can now play so many of the biggest events at the end of the year and try to finish as high as I can on The Race to Dubai.”
Quesne's other win came at the 2012 Open de Andalucia in Spain.
The result moves Higgins from 163rd to 111th in the money list and closer to avoiding a 14th trip to Qualifying School.
The top 60 qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai while the top 110 after the Perth International in mid-October will keep their playing privileges for 2014.
Local favourite Francesco Molinari, looking for his second Italian Open victory, finished five strokes back on his home course. He recovered from two early bogeys by holing out from the bunker on No. 8 and a birdie on the ninth to entertain thoughts of a fairytale ending. However, the Ryder Cup player stumbled home in 39 with a bogey and a double bogey.