In the twenty-fourth week of the year, the third of June, we will carefully follow all the golf tournaments dedicated to professionals.
Here’s what they are:
Alps Tour – Aravell Golf Open by Credit Andorra 2022
From 16 to 18 June the Tour heads to Spain for the Aravell Golf Open by Crèdit Andorrà.
It is the first time that the Aravell Golf & Country Club has hosted a European professional event of this caliber and will also be the occasion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the golf course.
The course is a PAR 71 of 6,155 meters, designed by José María Olazábal, two-time Masters champion. It is located in a wide valley, at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, overlooking the Pyrenees and the Cadí mountains. Players, however, should not be distracted as the fairways are narrow, the greens small and the rough thick. A challenging course that will require precision from the Tour champions.
At its debut on the Alps Tour calendar, the event boasts a truly stellar field: all the winners of the current season will be there to compete for the victory, with the exception of Markus Brier, leader of the 30th Goesser Open.
On the pitch we will closely follow the top ten players in the Alp Tour Order of Merit: the first classified Koen Kouwenaar, together with the French Tom Vaillant, winner of last week and 2nd in the ranking and the blues Gregorio De Leo (3rd ) and Stefano Mazzoli (6th).
Among the 136 players on the field will compete for a prize money of 40,000 euros, the Italians are 26, among which we mention: Luca Cianchetti, Riccardo Bregoli, Stefano Pitoni, Andrea Romano, Michele Ortolani, Andrea Saracino, Edoardo Giletta, Cristiano Terragni, Ludovico Addabbo, Gianmaria Rean Trinchero, Alessandro Notaro, Federico Zucchetti, Giacomo Fortini, Davide Buchi…
Challenge Tour – Kaskáda Golf Challenge
From 16 to 19 June the Road to Mallorca Tour moves to the Czech Republic, to Brno for the Kaskáda Golf Challenge.
The event is a fairly recent fixture in the European Tour Calendar. Born in 2017, it was played for the first three years in Prague, at Prague City Golf, while in the current season and for the second consecutive year the venue of the competition will be the Kaskáda Golf Resort in Brno.
The course is a 6,449-meter PAR 71 with very undulating fairways and greens, full of strategically placed bunkers and lakes to make teeshots challenging too.
Kaskáda Golf Resort has already hosted several high-profile tournaments, including the Grand Final of the Czech PGA Tour and the D + D Real Czech Challenge in 2019, which saw Englishman Ross McGowan take his third victory on the Challenge Tour.
The Road to Mallorca ranking is starting to take shape. The season enters its 11th week, and the man to lead (and to beat) is 33-year-old Swede Jens Dantorp.
We will closely follow the 5 Italians on the field: Lorenzo Scalise, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Federico Maccario, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli and Filippo Bergamaschi.
PGA Tour – U.S. Open
From 16 to 19 June all eyes are on the third male Major of the season: the U.S. Open, now in its 122nd edition. The venue for the highly anticipated event will be The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Site of one of the most talked about Ryder Cups in history (in 1999), The Country Club is one of the five founding clubs of what has become the USGA and welcomes the U.S. Open for the first time in more than 20 years, although it has hosted it three times in the past.
The Country Club was founded in 1882, with many changes, which have seen the shape of the holes and the course vary several times. The longest hole, at 566 meters, is a PAR 5 that is often played against the wind and with an elevated green.
As usual, the USGA has made its mark by leaving a higher and denser rough, which delimits fairways and greens and which will make the course even more challenging.
When the best players in the world are all lined up for a Major it is difficult to make a list of champions “to keep an eye on”, but among the 157 players on the field for a prize pool of $ 12.5 million, care must be taken:
to defending champion Jon Rahm, who joined the Majors’ club last year and became the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open.
to Rory McIlroy, who is in great shape and proved it with his win in Canada last week.
to Justin Thomas, who has already won a Major in the current season and, too, in great shape after his performance in Toronto.
world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler who will try to correct what went wrong in one of his favorite fields, when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, who has often been the protagonist of the weekend rankings, has past victories on the Brookline course and took a tenth position last week.
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