Francesco Molinari returns as a protagonist in Europe to play all the chances available to qualify for the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. The Turinese golfer will be among the most anticipated players of the Omega European Masters, tournament of the maximum continental men’s circuit scheduled from 26 to 29 August in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Together with the Turinese, who remained out of the Pga Tour Play-Offs, there will also be eight other Italians on the field: Guido Migliozzi (68 / o and best Italian in the world ranking), Renato Paratore, Edoardo Molinari, Nino Bertasio, Francesco Laporta, Lorenzo Gagli, Andrea Pavan and the young amateur Pietro Bovari who earned the opportunity to stand out alongside the big names on the circuit by winning the 57 / o Memorial Olivier Barras last July in Crans Montana.
Francesco Molinari, preview
An important opportunity for the Azzurri in an event that precedes the Italian Open (2-5 September at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Rome). In 2019 Gagli finished second, surrendering only to the play-off. The Molinari brothers also came close to success in the competition, with Edoardo second in 2010 and Francesco runner up in 2006. The last blue exploit at the Omega European Masters dates back to 1997 when Costantino Rocca won, also second in 1995. And Chicco Molinari himself, after dragging Europe to triumph in 2018 in Paris, will have an important opportunity to try to take a place in the continental team which, in the Ryder Cup of Wisconsin (24-26 September in the USA), will challenge the United States. The Omega European Masters, together with the Italian Open and the BMW Pga Championship, will be giving away the last useful points (for the Old Continent) for the qualifiers that will end right after the Wentworth tournament (9-12 September) . The situation of Migliozzi, currently tenth in the European Points List, is certainly less complicated.
The event is once again the protagonist after the cancellation for Covid in 2020. And at Crans-sur-Sierre Gc among the most anticipated competitors there will also be the naturalized Slovak (born and raised in South Africa) Rory Sabbatini (silver at the Tokyo Games), the Henrik Stenson from Sweden, Danny Willett from England, Rasmus Hojgaard from Denmark and South Africans Justin Harding, Wilco Nienaber and Brandon Stone. The Swedish Sebastian Soderberg will defend the title won in 2019. The prize pool is 2,000,000 euros.