Italian Open with three Masters Champions

Three Masters Champions: Patrick Reed, Danny Willett, and Angel Cabrer

by Andrea Gussoni
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Italian Open with three Masters Champions
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Three Masters Champions: Patrick Reed, Danny Willett, and Angel Cabrera. And further: eight of the top nine Italian players on the DP World Tour, from Matteo Manassero to Guido Migliozzi, the two representatives of Italy in the men's individual event at the Paris Games.

These are just some of the champions who will participate in the 81st Open d'Italia presented by Regione Emilia-Romagna, scheduled from June 27 to 30, with the Rolex Pro-Am taking place on Wednesday, June 26, at the Adriatic Golf Club in Cervia (Ravenna).

The event was announced today at the "Sala Polifunzionale" of Regione Emilia-Romagna in the presence of President Stefano Bonaccini, Assessor for Mobility and Transport, Infrastructure, Tourism, and Commerce Andrea Corsini, and Franco Chimenti, President of Federgolf.

Italian Open, schedule

The tournament, featuring 156 competitors playing over 72 holes (18 per day), will offer a prize fund of $3,250,000. Admission will be free (with registration required at www.openditaliagolf.eu). This marks a significant initiative by the Italian Golf Federation, in partnership with official advisor Infront, following the great success of the Italian Ryder Cup.

The top two finishers, if not already qualified, will secure spots to compete in The Open, the fourth Major of 2024, taking place from July 18 to 21 in Scotland. Additionally, on display in the Commercial Village of the Open d'Italia will be the 'Claret Jug', the iconic trophy of The Open, the oldest Major in golf.

Thirty-one years after its first and only occurrence in 1993 at Modena Golf & Country Club, won by New Zealander Greg Turner, Italy's premier golf competition returns to Emilia-Romagna. Concurrently, Emilia-Romagna will host two major international events during the same period, including the start of the Tour de France with three stages.

The 111th edition of the Grand Boucle will commence on June 29 with the Florence-Rimini stage, followed by Cesenatico-Bologna on June 30, and Piacenza-Turin on July 1, paying tribute to cycling legends Gino Bartali, Marco Pantani, and Fausto Coppi.

This sports extravaganza highlights Emilia-Romagna's burgeoning reputation as a Sports Valley. Three Masters winners, numerous Italian talents led by Manassero and Migliozzi, the two Italians qualified for the Paris Games – these are the anticipated contenders at the 81st Open d'Italia presented by Regione Emilia-Romagna.

Patrick Reed, known as "Captain America" for his Ryder Cup heroics in 2014, 2016, and 2018, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, and winner of The Masters in 2018, will be among the competition's stars. Moving to LIV Golf in 2022, the Arabian Super League, he boasts 9 victories (including two WGC titles) on the PGA Tour.

Also donning the 'Green Jacket' at Augusta are Englishman Danny Willett, with 8 DP World Tour victories, in 2016, and Argentine Angel Cabrera, who also claimed the US Open in 2007, and in 2009. While Reed and Willett remain prominent figures on the green, the Open represents a new opportunity for Cabrera after challenging years.

Ready to fly to Paris for their second Olympics are Manassero and Migliozzi, who first aim for glory in Cervia. Alongside them in the field are other reliable Italian talents like Edoardo Molinari (vice-captain for Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome and the 2025 edition in New York), Francesco Laporta, Renato Paratore, Andrea Pavan, Filippo Celli, and Lorenzo Scalise.

Competition format and prize money. The Rolex Pro-Am precedes the challenge – The tournament will be played over 72 holes. After the first two rounds, the cut will leave the top 65 players and any ties at 65th place in contention.

The total prize fund amounts to $3,250,000, with $552,500 going to the winner. Preceding the challenge, the Rolex Pro-Am will be held on Wednesday, June 26.

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