Sicily’s Verdura Resort has further established its place among the most beautiful golf destinations in the world, with 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open winner Joaquim Lagergren leading the plaudits for the multi-award-winning venue.

The tournament – the second year in a row that it has been staged at the resort – attracted an impressive line-up headed by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, defending champion Alvaro Quirós and 2014 European Ryder Cup star Andy Sullivan.

Lagergren secured his maiden victory on the European Tour by holing an eight-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole of a play-off with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera, and the Swede was among the players queueing up to praise Verdura Resort after receiving his trophy from tournament host, Sir Rocco Forte.

I love this place,” said Lagergren. “The golf course is awesome and you get a view over the Mediterranean on nearly every hole.

“The course we played was in awesome condition. The greens are really good and these are probably the best fairways that we have played all year.”

The Rocco Forte Verdura Resort is world class. Can’t wait to come back!”