Victory leaves Quesne thrilled
France's Julien Quesne was delighted with his composure after he came storming from behind to claim victory at the Italian Open on Sunday.
Quesne began final round in Turin four shots off the lead and looked out of contention when he ran up a double-bogey six on the second, but birdied the fourth and sixth and then stormed home in 31.
The 33-year-old picked up shots at the 10th, 11th and 15th before chipping in from short of the 17th green and holing from six feet for another birdie on the last to complete a closing 67.
That set the clubhouse target on 12 under par just moments before overnight leader Marcus Fraser, who was also 12 under, three-putted the 15th and dropped another shot on the par-three 16th after missing the green from the tee.
Fraser eventually signed for a 74 to finish joint eighth on nine under, leaving England's Steve Webster and Ireland's David Higgins to share second on 11 under - just the second top-three finish for 40-year-old Higgins in more than 200 European Tour events.
Quesne, whose previous win came in the Open de Andalucia last year, said: "I am very proud of this back nine. My attitude was very good this week and I think this is the key. To enjoy a second win on the European Tour is like a dream for me.
"After my double bogey I just kept calm. I was thinking the winner would be 15 under so just keep working and we will see what happens. I am surprised to be here.
"The flags were very difficult all week so it was very difficult to make birdies and easy to make some bogeys."
At the prize-giving ceremony it was revealed that next year's tournament - at a venue to be decided - will mark the end of the qualifying process for Gleneagles on Sunday, August 31.
Captain Paul McGinley will name his three wild card selections the following day, with nine players qualifying automatically; the first four coming from the European Points List and the remaining five coming from the World Points List.
Italian Golf Federation president Franco Chimenti said: "This is a great boost for the Italian Open and we are already counting down to what I am sure will be a very exciting week both for Italian golf and for the Ryder Cup.
"Of course, it would also be very special if we were able to welcome some of our own players to the team next year to follow in the footsteps of Costantino Rocca and Francesco and Edoardo Molinari."
McGinley added: "The Italian Open is steeped in history and is one of the great championships on the European Tour, and I look forward to being in Italy when the nine automatic qualifiers are determined."