In the week from 12 to 18 September the great protagonist will be the DS Automobiles 79th Italian Open, with a truly … thrilling field!
The Challenge Tour and the PGA Tour also resume, with the first appointment of the 2022-23 season: the Fortinet Championship.
Challenge Tour – Portuguese Open at Royal Óbidos
The Road to Mallorca champions travel to Portugal from 15 to 18 September for the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos. Appearing for the first time on the Challenge Tour calendar in 2017, as an event co-sanctioned with the DP World Tour, the Portuguese Open has become a long-awaited fixture.
The event will take place at the Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, but last year’s defending champion will not be on the pitch: Marcel Schneider, who scored the win in 2021, is now on the DP World Tour. On the entry list are the top 6 Road to Mallorca players: Alexander Knappe, Freddy Schott, Oliver Hundeboll, Nathan Kimsey, Jens Dantorp and Mikael Lindberg.
There will be five blues on the field: Enrico Di Nitto, Federico Maccario, Lorenzo Scalise, Matteo Manassero and Aron Zemmer. At the time of writing, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli and Filippo Bergamaschi are on the waiting list.
DP World Tour – DS Automobiles 79th Italian Open
Throughout the week, the NotizieGolf cameras will closely follow the DS Automobiles 79th Italian Open, the Italian leg of the DP World Tour. The venue of the event will be the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, with a very important field: on the field we will see the two Major champions Matt Fitzpatrick and Francesco Molinari, who will join the Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald and his vice captains Edoardo Molinari and Thomas Bjorn and defending champion Nicolai Højgaard.
The champions join four-time Major winner, new FedEx Cup champion and world No. 2, Rory McIlroy, OWGR number 10 Viktor Hovland and former Italian Open winners Tyrrell Hatton (2017) and Thorbjørn Olesen (2018), on the course that will host the 44th edition of the largest team event in golf from 29 September to 1 October 2023: the Ryder Cup.
Fitzpatrick, reigning champion of the US Open, he finished second in the Italian Open in 2019 and hopes to do better. With him will also be his younger brother Alex, who made his professional debut earlier this year at the Horizon Irish Open after an impressive amateur career.
Francesco Molinari, two-time winner of the Italian Open in 2006 and 2016, became the first Italian to win the Open Championship in Carnoustie in 2018. The historic victory was part of a special year for the six-time winner from Turin.
on the DP World Tour, which in the same year won five points out of five in the Ryder Cup in Paris, becoming the European No. 1. “There are so many reasons to be enthusiastic about the Italian Open,” said Molinari.
“It is a tournament that I love and in which I have been successful in the past, everyone knows this, but for me and for the other Italian players it also has another meaning. We want to show Marco Simone and all that Rome has to offer!
”. There are many blues on the field: Filippo Celli, who won the Silver Medal as best amateur at the 150th Open Championship who turned professional on the occasion of this event, Guido Migliozzi, Francesco Laporta, Renato Paratore, Andrea Pavan, Giovanni Manzoni, Marco Florioli (who together with Celli and Pietro Bovari won the Team World Championship), Gregorio De Leo, Stefano Mazzoli, Andrea Saracino, Giacomo Fortini, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Luca Cianchetti, Manfredi Manica, Andrea Romano, Lorenzo Gagli, The tournament will be live on Sky Sport Action and streamed on NOW for all four days of competition, starting at 13:30 on Thursday 15 September, with comments by Alessandro Lupi, Roberto Zappa, Marco Cogliati and Massimo Scarpa .
The final round will also be broadcast on Rai Sport, on a deferred basis, on Sunday 18 September from 9.30 pm. PGA Tour – Fortinet Championship
The PGA Tour begins the 2022-23 season with the Fortinet Championship, which is held, as is now tradition, at the North Course of the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
The course features hard fairways, high roughs and challenging greens, prepared for Stimpmeter’s 11.5. This means that for the new recruits, rookies and champions arriving from the Korn Ferry Tour (25 players including 12 rookies) it will be essential to hit the greens in regulation, saving any possible shot from tee to green.
The field consists of 156 players. As this is the last summer stage in the Northern Hemisphere, it is also the last chance to field such a large field. The average score last year was 71.04, but with very favorable weather conditions. Moderate to strong breezes are expected this week, which could affect the average score.