Italian Open, there are three places available

The Open d'Italia is approaching, and for those who are not already qualified through the exemption categories of the DP World Tour 2024, there is an unmissable opportunity

by Andrea Gussoni
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Italian Open, there are three places available
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The Open d'Italia is approaching, and for those who are not already qualified through the exemption categories of the DP World Tour 2024, there is an unmissable opportunity.

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There will be a qualification tournament open to all professionals and amateurs who meet specific requirements.

The competition will take place at Golf Nazionale (Via Cassia, Km 44.500, 01015 Sutri VT) and will be played over the course of a single round of 18 holes, in stroke play format. The practice round will be held on May 13, while the official tournament date is set for May 14, 2024.

All professional members of certified PGA associations can participate. Amateurs with a maximum handicap index of 2.4, subject to certification, can also register. The top 3 players on the leaderboard will earn the right to play in the Open d'Italia 2024, which will be held at the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia from June 27 to June 30, 2024.

Interested participants can register by 6:00 PM on May 6, 2024, through the website www.italianprotour.com, where they will find the registration form and all the details to participate. The DS Automobiles Italian Open (Italian: Open d'Italia) is the men's national open golf championship of Italy.

Established in 1925, it has been played annually with the exceptions of 1933 and during World War II, until 1960. After an eleven-year hiatus, the tournament returned in 1971 as part of the British PGA Order of Merit circuit, one of five tournaments in Continental Europe included in the circuit.

The following year, which marked the inception of the official European Tour season, the Italian Open became a staple event on the schedule and has been featured every year since. The 2018 edition marked the 75th anniversary of the championship.

In 2017, the European Tour introduced the Rolex Series, a selection of events offering higher prize money, with the Italian Open designated as one of these events. The total prize money was increased to US$7 million, more than double that of the previous year.

However, in 2020, the tournament was excluded from the Rolex Series and rescheduled with significantly lower prize money due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 1935, British golfer Percy Alliss achieved a remarkable feat by scoring a 262 aggregate to win the event.

This established the lowest 72-hole total ever recorded in any golf tournament at the time. However, doubts arose regarding the legitimacy of the record, as the San Remo course's length was only 5,200 yards, well below the international "championship standard." Decades later, in 2008, South African golfer Hennie Otto came within one stroke of matching Alliss' total, which remains the tournament record to this day

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