The DP World Tour returns this weekend with one of the most important events of the season, the Porsche European Open, staged from 2 to 5 June. This historic tournament has been held in Germany since 2015, with the support of the important car company.
Hamburg's Green Eagle Golf Course will host the tournament.
Porsche European Open, schedule
The reigning champion is Marcus Armitage, able to triumph in a very atypical tournament last year, played over just three laps and which saw the blue Edoardo Molinari finishing in second place.
This tournament in recent years has been rather generous with Italian players, having seen in the three previous editions results in the top 10 also by Guido Migliozzi, Renato Paratore and Luca Cianchetti. There will be seven blues at the start this year, including the aforementioned Edoardo Molinari, Guido Migliozzi and Reanto Paratore.
With them there will be Lorenzo Gagli, Andrea Pavan, Nino Bertasio and Francesco Laporta. They will have to contend with high level opponents, starting with the English Tommy Fleetwood, the Pole Adrian Meronk and the winner of the very recent Dutch Open Victor Perez.
Hamburg's Green Eagle Golf Course is a PAR 72 of 7,603 yards. The route is by far one of the longest that are faced on the DP World Tour and also one of the hardest. Water obstacles in almost all holes and several doglegs to be tackled, it is difficult to expect extremely low scores.
Thomas Paul Fleetwood, better known as Tommy Fleetwood (Southport, 19 January 1991), is an English golfer. As an amateur he won the Scottish Amateur Stroke Championship in 2009 and finished second in several tournaments the following year, before turning pro after winning the English Amateur.
On his professional debut at the Czech Open, he passed the cut and finished 67th. In September 2011 he won the Kazakhstan Open, part of the Challenge Tour, thus securing a place on the 2012 European Tour. In the first season he managed to keep the right to play in the European Tour thanks to a top ten finish at the South African Open, while in 2013 he achieved his first success at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, after a three-way playoff in which he beat Stephen Gallacher and Ricardo González.
Of note, in the 2015 vintage, an albatross that Fleetwood scored on the fourth hole (par 5) in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship.