European Tour - 2018 Italian Open Preview
Posted on May 31 2018
The European Tour returns to Gardagolf Country Club in Brescia, Italy for the 47th edition of the Italian Open. Last year, England’s Tyrell Hatton claimed victory by one stroke over Ross Fischer and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. This year, he’ll return to defend his title against an incredibly tough field which includes past Italian Open champions Francesco Molinari and Robert Rock. Other notables include recent winners Adrian Otageui and Alexander Levy, as well as major champions Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Danny Willett, and Trevor Immelman. The Italian Open is the second leg of the Rolex Series, a prestigious set of tournaments which offer prize pools with a minimum purse of US $7 million.
Gardagolf Country Club hosts this event for the first time in fifteen years. Originally built in 1986, this is the third time the course has played host to the Italian Open.
Players to Watch
Francesco Molinari: Hard to bet against Molinari and for good reason: he won this event in 2016, he won last week, and he’s back in his home country. With the opportunity to take the lead in the Race to Dubai standings, it could be a big week for him.
Alex Noren: A T-3 in last week’s BMW PGA is just one of several strong finishes this season, with all of his top-15s coming in big events with tough fields. Don’t be surprised to see him hoist