Italian Open (golf)

The Italian Open is the Italian national open golf championship for men. It was founded in 1925 and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since the tour was founded in 1972. The 2018 event was the 75th edition of the championship.

Italian Open
Italian Open (golf) logo.png
LocationRome, Italy
Established1925
Course(s)Olgiata Golf Club
Par71
Length7,523 yards (6,879 m)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$7,000,000
Month playedOctober
Aggregate262 Percy Alliss (1935)
Francesco Molinari (2016)
Thorbjørn Olesen (2018)
To par−25 Hennie Otto (2008)
Austria Bernd Wiesberger
Olgiata is located in Italy
Olgiata
Olgiata
Location in Italy

The 2016 Italian Open was played in September at the Golf Club Milano in Monza with a prize fund of €3 million. In 2017 it became one of the European Tour Rolex Series events, moving to October, with total prize money of US$7 million. The 2018 tournament was played in late May and early June at Gardagolf Country Club near Lake Garda.[1]

HistoryEdit

In 2008, Hennie Otto was just one stroke away from the tournament aggregate record of 262, set by Percy Alliss in 1935 on the course at Sanremo, which even by the standards of the day was relatively short, at just 5,200 yards.[2]

VenuesEdit

Venue Location First Last Times
Golf Club Alpino di Stresa Stresa 1925 1927 3
Circolo Golf Villa d'Este Montorfano 1928 1972 12
Circolo Golf degli Ulivi, Sanremo Sanremo 1934 1948 5
Sestrieres Golf Club Sestriere 1936 1936 1
Circolo del Golf Roma, Acquasanta Rome 1950 1980 3
Golf Club Milano Monza 1951 2017 9
Circolo Golf Venezia Venice 1955 1974 3
Golf Club Varese Varese 1958 1958 1
Golf Club Garlenda Garlenda 1971 1971 1
Olgiata Golf Club Rome 1973 2019 2 (+1)
Golf Club Monticello Como 1975 1992 7
Circolo Golf Is Molas Pula, Sardinia 1976 2001 4
Pevero Golf Club Arzachena, Sardinia 1978 1978 1
Circolo Golf Ugolino Florence 1983 1983 1
Molinetto Country Club Milan 1985 1985 1
Golf Club Albarella Venice 1986 1986 1
Castelconturbia Golf Club Borgomanero 1991 1998 2
Modena Golf and Country Club Modena 1993 1993 1
Marco Simone Golf and Country Club Rome 1994 1994 1
Le Rovedine Golf Club Milan 1995 1995 1
Golf Club Bergamo "L'Albenza" Bergamo 1996 1996 1
Gardagolf Country Club Brescia 1997 2018 3
Circolo Golf Torino "La Mandria" Turin 1999 2014 3
Golf Club Castello Tolcinasco Milan 2004 2008 5
Royal Park i Roveri Turin 2009 2012 4

In 1973 the first two rounds were played on two different courses, Acquasanta and Olgiata, everyone playing one round on each course. After the cut, Acquasanta was then used for the final two rounds.

WinnersEdit

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European Tour event (1972–)
European Tour (Rolex Series) 2017–
European Tour (Regular) 1972–2016
Pre-European Tour 1925–1971
# Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Italian Open
76th 2019 Bernd Wiesberger   Austria Olgiata 268 −16 1 stroke   Matthew Fitzpatrick
75th 2018 Thorbjørn Olesen   Denmark Gardagolf 262 −22 1 stroke   Francesco Molinari
74th 2017 Tyrrell Hatton   England Milano 263 –21 1 stroke   Kiradech Aphibarnrat,
  Ross Fisher
73rd 2016 Francesco Molinari (2)   Italy Milano 262 −22 1 stroke   Danny Willett
Open d'Italia presented by Damiani
72nd 2015 Rikard Karlberg   Sweden Milano 269 −19 Playoff   Martin Kaymer
71st 2014 Hennie Otto (2)   South Africa Torino 268 −20 2 strokes   David Howell
Open d'Italia Lindt
70th 2013 Julien Quesne   France Torino 276 −12 1 stroke   David Higgins
  Steve Webster
BMW Italian Open
69th 2012 Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (2)   Spain Royal Park i Roveri 264 −24 2 strokes   Garth Mulroy
68th 2011 Robert Rock   England Royal Park i Roveri 267 −21 1 stroke   Gary Boyd
  Thorbjørn Olesen
67th 2010 Fredrik Andersson Hed   Sweden Royal Park i Roveri 268 −16 2 strokes   David Horsey
66th 2009 Daniel Vancsik   Argentina Royal Park i Roveri 267 −17 6 strokes   John Daly
  Raphaël Jacquelin
  Robert Rock
Methorios Capital Italian Open
65th 2008 Hennie Otto   South Africa Castello Tolcinasco 263 −25 1 stroke   Oliver Wilson
Telecom Italia Open
64th 2007 Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño   Spain Castello Tolcinasco 200* −16 Playoff   Markus Brier
63rd 2006 Francesco Molinari   Italy Castello Tolcinasco 265 −23 4 strokes   Anders Hansen
  Jarmo Sandelin
62nd 2005 Steve Webster   England Castello Tolcinasco 270 −18 3 strokes   Bradley Dredge
  Richard Finch
  Anders Hansen
61st 2004 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland Castello Tolcinasco 197* −19 Playoff   Thomas Levet
Italian Open Telecom Italia
60th 2003 Mathias Grönberg   Sweden Gardagolf 271 −17 2 strokes   Ricardo González
  José Manuel Lara
  Colin Montgomerie
59th 2002 Ian Poulter (2)   England Olgiata 197* −19 2 strokes   Paul Lawrie
Atlanet Italian Open
58th 2001 Grégory Havret   France Is Molas 268 −20 1 stroke   Bradley Dredge
Italian Open
57th 2000 Ian Poulter   England Is Molas 267 −21 1 stroke   Gordon Brand, Jnr
Fiat and Fila Italian Open
56th 1999 Dean Robertson   Scotland Torino 271 −17 1 stroke   Pádraig Harrington
Italian Open
55th 1998 Patrik Sjöland   Sweden Castelconturbia 195* −21 3 strokes   Joakim Haeggman
  José María Olazábal
Conte of Florence Italian Open
54th 1997 Bernhard Langer (2)   Germany Gardagolf 273 −15 1 stroke   José María Olazábal
53rd 1996 Jim Payne   England Bergamo 275 −9 1 stroke   Patrik Sjöland
Italian Open
52nd 1995 Sam Torrance (2)   Scotland Le Rovedine 269 −19 2 strokes   José Rivero
Tisettanta Italian Open
51st 1994 Eduardo Romero   Argentina Marco Simone 272 −16 1 stroke   Greg Turner
Lancia Martini Italian Open
50th 1993 Greg Turner   New Zealand Modena 267 −21 1 stroke   José Cóceres
49th 1992 Sandy Lyle (2)   Scotland Monticello 270 −18 1 stroke   Colin Montgomerie
48th 1991 Craig Parry   Australia Castelconturbia 279 −9 1 stroke   Ian Woosnam
47th 1990 Richard Boxall   England Milano 267 −21 5 strokes   José María Olazábal
Lancia Italian Open
46th 1989 Ronan Rafferty   Northern Ireland Monticello 273 −15 1 stroke   Sam Torrance
45th 1988 Greg Norman   Australia Monticello 270 −18 1 stroke   Craig Parry
44th 1987 Sam Torrance   Scotland Monticello 271 −17 Playoff   José Rivero
Italian Open
43rd 1986 David Feherty   Northern Ireland Albarella 270 −10 Playoff   Ronan Rafferty
42nd 1985 Manuel Piñero   Spain Molinetto 267 −21 1 stroke   Sam Torrance
41st 1984 Sandy Lyle   Scotland Milano 277 −11 4 strokes   Bobby Clampett
40th 1983 Bernhard Langer   West Germany Ugolino 271 −17 Playoff   Seve Ballesteros
  Ken Brown
39th 1982 Mark James   England Is Molas 280 −8 3 strokes   Bobby Clampett
  Ian Woosnam
38th 1981 José Maria Cañizares   Spain Milano 280 −8 Playoff   Bobby Clampett
37th 1980 Massimo Mannelli   Italy Acquasanta 276 −8 5 strokes   John Bland
  Ken Brown
36th 1979 Brian Barnes   Scotland Monticello 281 −7 Playoff   Dale Hayes
35th 1978 Dale Hayes   South Africa Pevero 293 +5 3 strokes   Vin Baker
  Tommy Horton
34th 1977 Ángel Gallardo   Spain Monticello 286 −2 Playoff   Brian Barnes
33rd 1976 Baldovino Dassù   Italy Is Molas 280 −8 8 strokes   Carl Mason
  Manuel Piñero
32nd 1975 Billy Casper   United States Monticello 286 −2 1 stroke   Brian Barnes
31st 1974 Peter Oosterhuis   England Venezia 249^ −2 2 strokes   Dale Hayes
  Johnny Miller
30th 1973 Tony Jacklin   England Acquasanta
(and Olgiata)
284 −4 1 stroke   Valentín Barrios
29th 1972 Norman Wood   Scotland Villa d'Este 271 −1 2 strokes   Brian Huggett
Pre-European Tour (1971)
# Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
Italian Open
28th 1971 Ramón Sota   Spain Garlenda 282 −2 4 strokes   Brian Barnes [4]

*Tournament shortened to three rounds due to rain.
^Only nine holes (par 35) were played in the first round of the 1974 tournament.

Pre-European Tour (1925–1960)
# Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1961-70: No tournament
27th 1960 Brian Wilkes   South Africa Venezia 285 2 strokes   Jean Garaïalde
26th 1959 Peter Thomson   Australia Villa d'Este 269 1 stroke   Alfonso Angelini
25th 1958 Peter Alliss   England Varese 282 10 strokes   Alfonso Angelini
24th 1957 Harold Henning   South Africa Villa d'Este 273 3 strokes   Roger Cotton
23rd 1956 Antonio Cerdá   Argentina Milano 284 Playoff   Flory Van Donck
22nd 1955 Flory Van Donck (4)   Belgium Venezia 287 1 stroke   Henri de Lamaze (a)
21st 1954 Ugo Grappasonni (2)   Italy Villa d'Este 272 Playoff   John Jacobs
20th 1953 Flory Van Donck (3)   Belgium Villa d'Este 269 6 strokes   Max Faulkner
  Dai Rees
19th 1952 Eric Brown   Scotland Milano 273 6 strokes   Alfonso Angelini
18th 1951 Jimmy Adams   Scotland Milano 283 1 stroke   Eric Brown
17th 1950 Ugo Grappasonni   Italy Acquasanta 281 Playoff   Alfonso Angelini
16th 1949 Hassan Hassanein   Egypt Villa d'Este 271   Aldo Casera
15th 1948 Aldo Casera   Italy Golf Sanremo 267   Ugo Grappasonni
  Pietro Manca
14th 1947 Flory Van Donck (2)   Belgium Golf Sanremo 263   Aldo Casera
1939–1946: No tournament due to World War II
13th 1938 Flory Van Donck   Belgium Villa d'Este 276   Pulvio Travaini
12th 1937 Marcel Dallemagne   France Golf Sanremo 276 Playoff   Auguste Boyer
11th 1936 Henry Cotton   England Sestrieres 268 6 strokes   Joe Ezar
10th 1935 Percy Alliss (2)   England Golf Sanremo 262 5 strokes   Auguste Boyer
  Arthur Havers
9th 1934 Norman Nutley   England Golf Sanremo 132   Gonzales
1933: No tournament
8th 1932 Aubrey Boomer   Jersey Villa d'Este 143   Auguste Boyer
7th 1931 Auguste Boyer (4)   France Villa d'Este 141   René Golias
6th 1930 Auguste Boyer (3)   France Villa d'Este 140   Marcel Dallemagne
5th 1929 René Golias   France Villa d'Este 143   Auguste Boyer
4th 1928 Auguste Boyer (2)   France Villa d'Este 145 1 stroke   Jean Baptiste Loth
3rd 1927 Percy Alliss   England Alpino di Stresa 145 Playoff   Marcel Dallemagne
2nd 1926 Auguste Boyer   France Alpino di Stresa 147   Alec Ross
1st 1925 Francesco Pasquali   Italy Alpino di Stresa 154 1 stroke   William Jolly

In 1954 Grappasonni beat Jacobs 137 to 138 in the 36-hole playoff.

Multiple winnersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Italian Open to make Lake Garda return in 2018". European Tour. 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Low, Long & Little". Time. 26 July 1937. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  3. ^ http://www.openditaliagolf.eu/en/roll-of-honor/
  4. ^ "Spaniard holds off British challenge in Italian Open". The Glasgow Herald. 29 March 1971. p. 10.

External linksEdit

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