The stars of international golf are ready to light up the DS Automobiles 79th Italian Open, an event of the DP World Tour scheduled from 15 to 18 September (the Rolex Pro-Am will anticipate the competition on Wednesday 14) at Marco Simone Guidonia Montecelio Golf & Country Club (Roma).
In the home of the Ryder Cup 2023, 156 players will compete for a prize pool of 3 million euros.
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In the race three among the best eleven in the world – In a field of excellent technical level the names of three of the best eleven in the world stand out: the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, four Majors in his palmares, who, runner up at the BMW PGA Championship, went from third to second place in the world ranking, the Norwegian Viktor Hovland (tenth) and the English Matt Fitzpatrick (eleventh), winner this year of a Major (US Open).
Without forgetting Francesco Molinari, the only Italian to boast a Major, returning from an excellent performance at the Wentworth Club (9th) and who, after having imposed himself twice in the Italian Open (2006, 2016), could become the first blue to sign three.
The Danish Nicolai Hojgaard will defend the title, competing with his twin brother Rasmus, in a context in which there will be many other players able to guarantee a show and propose themselves for leading roles such as the English Tyrrell Hatton and the Danish Thorbjorn Olesen, at sign in 2017 and 2018, the Australian Min Woo Lee, brother of Minjee Lee, number three in the women’s world ranking, the Spaniards Pablo Larrazabal (two titles this season), Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jorge Campillo, the French Victor Perez, the South Africans Brandon Stone, Hennie Du Plessis and Daniel Van Tonder, the Americans Kurt Kitayama and Sean Crocker, the Thais Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jazz Janewattananond and the Chinese Ashun Wu.
Other past winners are also on the field: the English Ross McGowan (2020), the Swedish Rikard Karlberg (2015), the French Julien Quesne (2013) and Gregory Havret (2001), the Spanish Gonzalo Fernandez Castaño (2007, 2012) and the ‘English Robert Rock (2011) Together with Francesco Molinari there will be numerous Azzurri who aim high, from Guido Migliozzi, fresh from 13th place at the BMW Championship, to Francesco Laporta, who has a good feeling with the Italian Open where he finished seventh in the 2019 and fourth in 2021, from Renato Paratore to Nino Bertasio to then continue with Lorenzo Gagli and Andrea Pavan.
Filippo Celli, great protagonist of the summer with the individual European title, the Silver Medal won at The Open as best amateur and the success in the Team World Championship together with Marco Florioli (who will be at the start) and Pietro Bovari will make his beginning.
Without forgetting Edoardo Molinari, who will also carry out his duties as vice captain of Team Europe for the next Ryder Cup together with the British captain Luke Donald and the other vice captain, the Dane Thomas Bjorn.
The DS Automobiles 79th Italian Open will be the second qualification race, after the BMW Championship, for European players in which points are awarded to secure a place in team in Team Europe at Ryder Cup 2023.