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Home favorite Molinari claims historic 2nd Italian Open win

  • Italy's Francesco Molinari kisses the trophy after winning the Golf Italian Open, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday. Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

    Italy's Francesco Molinari kisses the trophy after winning the Golf Italian Open, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday. Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's Francesco Molinari, left, is congratulated by president of the Italian Golf federation Franco Chimenti, after winning the Golf Italian Open, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday. Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

    Italy's Francesco Molinari, left, is congratulated by president of the Italian Golf federation Franco Chimenti, after winning the Golf Italian Open, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday. Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's Francesco Molinari hits the ball on his way to win the Golf Italian Open, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday. Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)

    Italy's Francesco Molinari hits the ball on his way to win the Golf Italian Open, in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday. Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day battle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday.

Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice.

The 2006 winner began the afternoon with an eagle-birdie and held a four-shot lead with six holes to play but Masters winner Willett went birdie-eagle on the 13th and 14th to cut the gap to one.

Molinari bogeyed the 13th but birdied the holes either side and held his nerve to wrap up the win.

Spaniard Nacho Elvira and England's Chris Paisley shared third at 18 under.