Henrik Stenson at Omega European Masters

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Henrik Stenson at Omega European Masters

Henrik Stenson and Miguel Angel Jiménez will tee it up at Crans-sur-Sierre at this year's Omega European Masters, from August 26-29.

Henrik Stenson, Omega European Masters

Stenson, winner of The Open in 2016 after a thrilling final-day battle with Phil Mickelson, returns to the Haut-Plateau after a nine-year absence.

The five-time Ryder Cup player has 21 professional victories to his name and was Race to Dubai champion in 2013 and 2016. At 57 years of age, Jiménez is still a force to be reckoned with. Last year, he broke Sam Torrance's long-standing European Tour appearance record and is the oldest player to have won a tournament on the European Tour.

Winner of the 2010 Omega European Masters, 2021 will be Jiménez's 31st appearance in the tournament. 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.