Open Italia, Migliozzi and Manassero dream

Thirty-one years after the last time, the competition is played again in Emilia-Romagna

by Andrea Gussoni
Open Italia, Migliozzi and Manassero dream
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The two Masters Champions Patrick Reed and Danny Willett, twenty Italians led by Guido Migliozzi and Matteo Manassero, five of the top ten current players of the DP World Tour, a prize pool of 3,250,000 dollars (so far only the Dubai Desert Classic last January has offered more), two places up for grabs for The Open.

The 81st edition of the Italian Open promises to be a spectacle, scheduled from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th June at the Adriatic Golf Club in Cervia.

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Thirty-one years after the last time, the competition is played again in Emilia-Romagna.

In the penultimate event of the European Swing, the Italian golf stars dream of the feat. So far there have been eight successes for the Azzurri, the last of which was achieved by Francesco Molinari (absent this time) in Lombardy in 2016.
Migliozzi and Manassero, the two best Italians in the world ranking, already qualified for the Paris Games, can aim high.

Both from Veneto, the former is fresh from his exploit in the Netherlands in the KLM Open which allowed him to achieve a poker of successes on the circuit. The second, 7th in Amsterdam, returned this year to impose himself (in South Africa) on the DP World Tour after almost 11 years and also boasts three other Top 10s in the season.

With them also space, among others, for Edoardo Molinari, Andrea Pavan, Filippo Celli (the latter two ranked among the top ten in the Netherlands), Francesco Laporta, Renato Paratore and Lorenzo Scalise. Furthermore, in the field, the Paralympic golfer Tommaso Perrino, who returns to play the Open after the experiences of 2020 and 2021, the very young Giovanni Binaghi and the Tuscan Lorenzo Gagli whose caddy is Borja Valero, former midfielder, among others, of Inter and Fiorentina.

"Golf relaxes me and I try to play whenever I can," said the Spaniard.
Reed and Willett, who wore the “Green Jacket” at Augusta in 2018 and 2016, respectively, are the stars of the event. Having moved to the Arab Super League, Reed, who has played in the Ryder Cup three times and won 9 times on the PGA Tour, aims to become the first American since 1975 (Billy Casper) to triumph at the Italian Open.

Among the 156 competitors, who will compete over the distance of 72 holes, 18 per day with a cut after 36, there is also anticipation for the Japanese Rikuya Hoshino, the Swede Jesper Svensson, the British Laurie Canter and the Spanish Nacho Elvira, all among the top ten players of the Race to Dubai.

Also among the favorites are the Northern Irishman Tom McKibbin, the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (already winner in 2019), the Englishmen Jordan Smith, Matthew Jordan, Richard Mansell, the Scotsman Ewen Ferguson and the German Yannik Paul.

It is played on the green and on the beach, in Emilia-Romagna, with free trials at the Fantini Club. Tomorrow the press conferences of Reed, Migliozzi, Manassero, Edo Molinari and Willett are scheduled, but also the Rolex Pro-Am.

Then it will get serious. The show will boast dual television coverage with Sky Sport Golf which will broadcast all four rounds live, with the last live also on Rai Sport (which will broadcast daily highlights of the first three rounds) and Rai Play. Entry is free (just register on the portal and success will earn the winner 552,500 dollars.