Matteo Manassero at Italian Challenge Open

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Matteo Manassero at Italian Challenge Open

From Matteo Manassero to Lorenzo Scalise passing through 6 of the current 10 best players of the Challenge Tour. At the Margara Golf Club in Fubine Monferrato (Alessandria), from 22 to 25 July, the Italian Challenge Open is staged, the sixth round of the Italian Pro Tour 2021 also included in the calendar of the second men's European circuit.

Italian Challenge Open, Matteo Manassero

In Piedmont it will be a super challenge. In addition to the trophy, a total prize money of 300,000 euros with the first coin of 48,000 is up for grabs. There will be 22 blues competing with Italgolf chasing their first seasonal success on the Challenge Tour.

Scalise, second in this tournament in 2019 and returning from excellent results in the last three appearances, will be among the favorites for the title. Manassero will also try to hit a prestigious result, fresh from eleventh place in Austria at the Euram Bank Open.

In the field of the Italian Challenge Open there are also the names and surnames of six of the top ten in the ranking of the order of merit of the Challenge Tour 2021. Together with the leader, the Spanish Santiago Tarrio, here is the French Julien Brun (third), the Scots Ewen Ferguson (fourth) and Craig Howie (seventh), the South African Oliver Bekker (fifth) and the Dutch Daan Huizing (ninth).

The German Hurly Long, defending champion, will not be in the challenge. In the roll of honor, in this tournament, two Italian successes signed respectively in 2009 and 2015 by Edoardo Molinari and Matteo Delpodio. Now it's official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics.

A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time - for the men's individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club - from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021.

Renato Paratore is ready in his place. "I'm trying to find the right words, but I can't find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world.

For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future " Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus).

And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn't found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour). Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore.

That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.