The brothers Højgaard- consecutive winners on the European Tour – photo Getty Images

West Australian Min Woo Lee has dropped from contention at the DAS Automobiles Italian Open in Rome, eventually finishing in a share of 12th place after leading the event by two heading into the final 36 holes.

Lee’s rounds of 71 and 73 to finish the event were somewhat of a surprise given his great play for much of the season but interestingly, despite the weekend slip-up, he will improve one place to 9th in the Race to Dubai rankings as he and the European Tour head to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week.

Lee was able to recover from a horror start to his final round after dropping four shots in his first 11 holes. He birdied the 12th and 16th and adds another €47,000 to his quickly growing bank balance but given the manner in which he played his opening 36 holes it was disappointing weekend.

In a first for the European Tour, twin brothers have won on consecutive weekends, Denmark’s Nicolai Højgaard completing a unique double when he won by one shot just seven days after his brother Rasmus (a three time European Tour winner) won the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last week.

“It means a lot,” said Højgaard. “I’ve been grinding for a long time and seeing Rasmus win three times made me want to do it even more. And to finally get it done is very special and it’s been a great week here so I’m just very happy to get it done.

“I’m very happy that Rasmus, his girlfriend and my girlfriend were around watching. I really appreciate it because I haven’t been (able) with any of his wins to see him. I could only see him in the crowd. It really means a lot to me and it’s just a very special day.”

“It’s crazy to think of (being last man in). I had a bad foot before coming here and to get it done, it’s quite a good story. I didn’t see the back nine before the first round, so it’s been a crazy week.”

Scott Hend was the only other Australian to complete all 72 holes but struggled to a final round of 75 and finished 52nd while Maverick Antcliff made the cut and was well placed after consecutive opening rounds of 69 but was forced to withdraw.