From Francesco Molinari to Henrik Stenson, from Martin Kaymer to Luke Donald. Major champions and also two former world number 1s will take to the field in the 78th edition of the Italian Open, scheduled from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 September at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome), the Ryder competition venue.
Italian Open, preview
In the European Tour tournament, which will offer a total prize pool of 3,000,000 euros, after those of 2006 and 2016 Chicco Molinari will pursue the trio of successes to become the first Italian golfer to succeed in this feat.
Absent in 2020, the Turin-born did not pass the cut in 2019. The Piedmontese in the Eternal City also dreams of a crisis-chasing victory that has been missing for over two years and exactly since 10 March 2019, when he managed to impose himself on the PGA Tour at Arnold Palmer.
Among the Azzurri there is also expectation for Guido Migliozzi (best blue in the world ranking, he is 69th) and Renato Paratore. Both returning from seventh place at the Omega European Masters, they represented Italy in the men's individual competition at the Tokyo Games.
In the field there are therefore also 9 past winners, among them the reigning champion Ross McGowan, 39 years old from Basildon (United Kingdom). And again: the British Tommy Fleetwood (among the absolute protagonists, paired with Francesco Molinari, at the Ryder Cup 2018 in Paris) and Matthew Fitzpatrick, the South African Garrick Higgo and the Danish talent Rasmus Hojgaard who won the Omega European in Crans Montana Masters celebrating, at the age of 20, the third title on the European Tour.
For the second consecutive year, alongside the big internationals, there is also Tommaso Perrino, a Paralympic golfer. At the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, where admission will be free - with the tournament that will also boast a triple television exhibition - the guest of honor will be the Ryder Cup trophy.
For a 360 ° show that, through the "Vaccinati and let's take the field "promoted by Coni and the Lazio Region, will allow vaccination against Coronavirus within the" Family Open "thanks to the presence of the medical staff of the ASL Roma 5.