Manassero and Edo Molinari lead the Azzurri

The European swing of the DP World Tour kicks off in Belgium, where the Soudal Open will take place from May 23rd to 26th.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Manassero and Edo Molinari lead the Azzurri
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The European swing of the DP World Tour kicks off in Belgium, where the Soudal Open will take place from May 23rd to 26th. At the Rinkven International Golf Club in Antwerp, eight Italian golfers will be competing. Alongside Matteo Manassero and Edoardo Molinari, who have recently secured their spots in England to play in the US Open (June 13-16 at Pinehurst, North Carolina), Guido Migliozzi, Francesco Laporta, Andrea Pavan, Renato Paratore, Filippo Celli, and Lorenzo Scalise will also be in attendance.

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In superb form, Manassero, who this year regained success on the European Tour after nearly 11 years by winning the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa, can aspire to another prestigious result in Belgium.

Currently 14th in the Race to Dubai, he will play the first two rounds with Spanish golfer Adrian Otaegui - 13th in the DP World Tour Order of Merit and winner of the event in 2018 - and Belgian Adrien Dumont De Chassart.

Among the past winners of the competition is also Migliozzi. The Venetian, the second-highest-ranked Italian in the world ranking, dominated the event in 2019. Among the local players chasing victory in front of their home crowd are Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts, with Pieters having been the captain of the European team at the 2023 Ryder Cup and will have Edo Molinari (confirmed as an assistant to Luke Donald, also in the field in Antwerp, for the 2025 Ryder Cup) and German Marcel Siem alongside him for the first two rounds.

Since 1956 (when Flory Van Donck secured his fifth victory, having also triumphed four times at the Italian Open), a Belgian golfer has not won the national Open. Defending the title will be Swedish golfer Simon Forsstrom, who narrowly beat compatriot Jens Dantorp in last year's thrilling finish.

From Jordan Smith to Yannik Paul, from Bernd Wiesberger to Alex Fitzpatrick, from Richard Mansell to Thriston Lawrence, these are just some of the other highly anticipated contenders in a competition offering a purse of $2,500,000, with $382,500 going to the winner.

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