There will be two Opens with a sea view: next year on the Adriatic, in 2025 on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Italian golf has decided its future and has announced the venues for the next editions of the Italian Open after the three years spent at the Marco Simone in Rome in preparation for the Ryder Cup.
The 81st edition will be played from 27 to 30 June 2024 at the Adriatic Golf Club in Cervia (Ravenna), in Emilia-Romagna. One year later (the dates are still to be defined), the 2025 Italian Open will instead be the protagonist in Tuscany, at the Argentario Golf Club in Monte Argentario (Grosseto).
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The double announcement arrived in the Emilia-Romagna Region, in Bologna, in a press conference in which Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, spoke among others; Franco Chimenti, President of the Italian Golf Federation and Massimo Medri, Mayor of Cervia.
The president of Federgolf Chimenti explained how this choice was reached: “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 in two regions that have and are demonstrating incredible strength, going beyond the difficulties.
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." The president of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, underlined the sporting vocation of his territory: “Golf confirms the reputation of a region capable of hosting major events of international importance, from Formula 1 to the Davis Cup.
And which in the same days will be crossed by the Tour de France caravan, starting from Italy for the first time. A double event that will draw the attention of athletes and enthusiasts from all over the world to our territory.
After the dramatic flood that hit our community so hard, an even more important opportunity, for which I thank the Italian Golf Federation. And for this Region, the confirmation of a strong commitment to sport in all its forms, from basic practice to major events, as a tool for growth, meeting and sharing between people, as well as for its economic benefits".
The Italian Open returns to Emilia-Romagna thirty-one years after the first time. In 1993 in Modena the New Zealander Greg Turner won. And Tuscany also embraces the national open again after an even longer period, forty years.
In 1983, at the Ugolino Golf Club in Florence, the German Bernhard Langer, a timeless champion, managed to beat in the play-off a golf legend such as the Spaniard Severiano Ballesteros as well as the Scot Kenneth John Brown (five Ryder Cups played between 1977 and 1987).
In the field, at the time, there were also big names such as, among others, Greg Norman, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle, as well as the Italians Costantino Rocca, Massimo Mannelli and Baldovino Dassù. Both Opens will be broadcast by Sky which confirmed its closeness to golf as explained by Marzio Perrelli, executive vice president: “I am very happy to confirm the close relationship between Sky and golf, a sport which occupies a leading place in our programming, with a channel dedicated to the most prestigious tournaments on the circuit, including the four Majors".