Two months after the last time, Italian golfer Francesco Molinari will be returning to play on the PGA Tour of golf. The Turin-born will be among the main protagonists of the Shriners Children’s Open, the third 2021-2022 event of the top American men’s circuit scheduled to happen from 7 to 10 October in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) with a prize pool of 7,000,000 dollars. A Déjà vu for the Piedmontese who in 2020 decided to restart (he then came out at the cut) from this event after seven months of absence from official tournaments.
Francesco Molinari, Shriners Children’s Open
On the path of TPC Summerlin in the field, here are three of the architects of the triumph of the USA in the last Ryder Cup in Wisconsin: Brooks Koepka, Harris English and Scottie Scheffler. On the field, on the other hand, also three disappointed and disappointing (on the European side) of the super match staged in Kohler; the British golfers’ Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, as well as the Norwegian Viktor Hovland.
Many world champions will not be playing (starting from number 1, Jon Rahm, engaged this week at the Open de Espana). But still a level field with the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (king, last April, of The Masters), the Mexican Abraham Ancer and the Americans Patrick Reed, Sam Burns (fresh from the success at the Sanderson Farms Championship), Kevin Na (won this event in 2011 and 2020) and Webb Simpson (scored in 2014) among the favourites.
Chance also for the South African golfer Louis Oosthuzien, the naturalized Slovak Rory Sabbatini (silver medal at the latest edition of the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo), the American Will Zalatoris and the English Danny Willett (who last week won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, an event of the European Tour). The title will be defended by the American Martin Laird who, in 2020, beat his fellow countrymen Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff in the play-off, returning to success on the PGA Tour after more than 7 years from the last time.