It’s nonetheless 5 years within the making, however Italy already has Ryder Cup fever. On Dec. 14, 2015, Italy was awarded the suitable to host the 2022 Ryder Cup. The biennial match between 12-man groups representing america and Europe is scheduled to happen in Rome on the Marco Simone Golf & Nation Membership, marking the third time that the competitors can be performed outdoors of Britain.

Within the meantime, the Italian Open continues to develop in stature and is the centerpiece of the “Street to Rome” promotional effort. The 74th version of Italy’s nationwide championship returns Thursday to the Golf Membership Milano for the ninth time. Defending champion Francesco Molinari shares what makes it one among his favourite weeks of the yr.

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Clockwise from prime left: Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Jon Rahm and Martin Kaymer.

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A Star-Studded Area

The elevated standing of the Italian Open to develop into one of many eight Rolex Collection occasions providing a handbag of $7 million has attracted a star-studded 132-man subject, together with six main winners scheduled to compete: the reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, José María Olazábal and Trevor Immelman. As of Oct. eight, 24 rivals are among the many prime one hundred on the earth rating, together with Jon Rahm of Spain at No. 5. There may even be 21 gamers who’ve represented Europe within the Ryder Cup, most notably Thomas Bjorn, who will lead the European aspect in Paris in 2018.

“A number of years in the past, it will have been unthinkable to foretell the Italian Open would develop into such an enormous occasion on the European Tour,” Molinari stated.

The Azzurri

Along with Molinari, his brother, Edoardo, Matteo Manassero, the Nordea Masters champ Renato Paratore and Nino Bertasio are scheduled to symbolize the house nation together with the amateurs Lorenzo Scalise and Stefano Mazzoli. In all a few dozen Italians are scheduled to compete within the event.

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Nino Bertasio is considered one of a few dozen Italians scheduled to compete within the event.

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“We’ve all the time had two to 4 guys on Tour, however it might be good to see that quantity go to 10 or 12,” Francesco Molinari stated. “I feel that would make a distinction in how fashionable golf might be in Italy. Individuals have a tendency to observe you extra on TV in the event that they see gamers from their very own nation week in and week out.”

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