Hennie Otto wins Italian Open; Gallacher fails to clinch Ryder Cup spot
AUG 31, 2014 3:32p ET
Otto, who won the event in 2008, shot a 4-under-par 68 to finish with a 20-under total of 268 and hold off David Howell, who surged up the leaderboard with a 63 to finish second. Howell opened with an eagle and added seven birdies to beat Gallacher (65) by one shot. Gallacher needed a top-two finish to dislodge former U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell from the automatic Ryder Cup places for Europe's team.
It was only the 38-year-old's Otto's second tournament since his recovery from two back operations.
"I was playing well before the injury but it is a surprise to win so soon," Otto said. "Golf is not perfect and to come back after the operations and win in my second week, I will take that any day.
"Today wasn't easy because the guys played so well with some of them trying to get The Ryder Cup spots. I really hope Stevie makes it -- he deserves it and has proved himself this week."
Gallacher will now have to wait until Tuesday, when European captain Paul McGinley announces his three wild cards.
"It was a tall order but I am proud of myself the way I have played," Gallacher said. "I'm delighted with 17 under, it looks just a little short but there is nothing I can do. ... There are four or five guys that are worthy (of a wild card) so it's just what Paul sees."