Arizona State men’s golf alum Nicolo Galletti wins 2022 Arizona Open

Grant Booth (left) congratulates Nicolo Galletti after he won the tournament on August 3, 2022, during the 2022 Arizona Open at Mesa Country Club, 660 W Fairway Dr., Mesa, Arizona.

Arizona State men’s golf alumnus Nicolo Galletti said he didn’t have his best stuff on the final day of the 2022 Arizona Open.

Galletti, who turned professional after graduating from ASU in 2017, shot even par on Wednesday, but that was enough for him to claim the 2022 Arizona Open Championship victory with a 12-under-par three-day score of 198 at the Mesa Country Club , a par 70 course.

“It feels amazing, it feels really good to be able to pull this one off and finish off strong,” Galletti said. “I definitely didn’t have my best stuff today compared to the last couple days, it was playing a lot tougher today as well, but I was really happy with how I grinded myself for a lot of pars to at least keep myself with a little bit of lead.”

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Nicolo Galletti hits out of the sand on the 18th hole on August 3, 2022, during the 2022 Arizona Open at Mesa Country Club, 660 W Fairway Dr., Mesa, Arizona.

Galletti shot 7-under-par on Monday and 5-under-par on Tuesday on the way to his victory.

Galletti ran into competition on the final four holes Wednesday, however, as Grant Booth made crucial birdie putts on holes 15 and 16. On both holes, Galletti had the chance to match Booth’s birdie putt but missed the hole by a few feet.

“It was a little frustrating,” Galletti said. “It was obviously a lot tougher to make birdies today, but I just wasn’t making any birdies as well, I wasn’t hitting it close enough to the hole. So, on 16 and 17 I gave myself two decent chances to putt for birdie, and those were big putts. If I would’ve made those, that would’ve been huge, to give myself a little room.”

Booth bogeyed the 17th hole and needed to make up two shots in the final stretch to tie Galletti and force a playoff.

Galletti made par on the 18th hole after hitting his second shot into a bunker near the green. Booth set up an eagle putt to potentially tie Galletti, but overshot the hole by a few feet and tapped in for a birdie — finishing the tournament at 11-under-par.

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