"Italian golf is present in the difficult moments"


"Italian golf is present in the difficult moments"
"Italian golf is present in the difficult moments" © Getty Images Sport - Stuart Franklin / Staff

"The world of Italian golf has a big heart, in difficult moments it is always present. We are proud to announce that the next two editions of the Italian Open will be played respectively in Emilia-Romagna, in Cervia, and in Tuscany, at the Argentario In two Regions that have and are demonstrating incredible strength, overcoming the difficulties." Thus Franco Chimenti, president of the Italian Golf Federation, announced, during a press conference in Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region, the respective venues of the next two editions of the Italian Open.

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"I am sure - Chimenti underlined - that these two Italian Opens will contribute to relaunching sports tourism". My thanks go to presidents Bonaccini and Giani, together we will create two great international tournaments where our Azzurri will be protagonists.

The 2024 Open will arrive exactly one month after the start of the Paris Olympics, that of 2025 in the year of the Ryder Cup in New York. Golf is a vehicle for inclusion, aggregation, participation, and has a social and educational value.

After the epic success of the Ryder Cup, a new era opens for Italian golf. With the support of the Clubs and the entire movement, and thanks to the impulse of Ryder, we want to make golf an increasingly popular sport in Italy", concluded the number 1 of Federgolf.

The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America. From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw.

Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979. Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents in odd-numbered years. For Europe, British golf courses have historically always been chosen, with the exception of the editions of: 1997, played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, 2018 played in Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines (France) and, lastly, in 2023, which was held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

Due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the scheduled edition of the Ryder Cup was played the following year, consequently moving the competition to even years, until the 2018 edition. The following tournament, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus moving the Ryder Cup to odd years again.