Nicolai Hojgaard: “Italian Open, a double joy”

He wins the Italian Open and enters the history of continental golf together with his twin brother. It is a fairy tale that of the twin brothers Hojgaard. A week after Rasmus’ exploit in Switzerland at the Omega European Masters came Nicolai’s who, at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (par 71) in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome), made him the 78th edition of the Open of Italy. In the history of the European Tour it had never happened before two brothers managed to triumph consecutively on the circuit. Nice hug between the two on the “green” of 18, between smiles and even a few tears of emotion. And to think that Nicolai, on the field that will host the Ryder Cup 2023, shouldn’t even have been there. To grant him a “wild card” and to want him on the field was Franco Chimenti, president of the Italian Golf Federation. And the Dane, with a test closed in 271 (66 69 65 71, -13) strokes and a decisive birdie in the final, repaid the trust of those who believed in him and celebrated his first career success on the European Tour. indicates him (since the Eurotour statistics started in 1972) as the youngest winner of the Italian Open at the age of 20 years and 177 days. But in reality in 1926 and in the second edition of the competition, the French Auguste Boyer (who together with the Belgian Flory Van Donck also holds the record of victories, four, in the tournament) managed to triumph at the age of 18. With the primacy that therefore belongs to him.

Nicolai Hojgaard, statements

“I’m really happy with this result. Winning here, with my brother next to me, is a joy that is worth double.” It is Nicolai Hojgaard’s happiness after the blitz signed at the Italian Open. Where he overtook the English Tommy Fleetwood (among the favorites on the eve) and the Polish Adrian Meronk in the photo finish, second with 272 (-12). The best blue (for the second time after that of 2019) of the competition is Francesco Laporta, 4 / o with 273 (-11) ahead of Edoardo Molinari, 5 / o with 274 (-10). It is a beautiful story that of Laporta, 30 years old from Castellana Grotte (Bari) with Africa in his heart (he has lived and played for years in South Africa). To applaud him, during the award ceremony that “crowned” him as the best Italian, was the number 1 of Federgolf, Chimenti. “His great result – said Chimenti – represents a boost for the growth of the golf movement, even in the South”. Two, therefore, the Italians in the Top 10. Guido Migliozzi disappointed expectations, 34 / o with 281 (-3), and Francesco Molinari, 52 / o with 284 (par). To enjoy the great spectacle of the tricolor golf, among others, also Giovanni Malagò. “The first Italian Open on the field of the Ryder Cup 2023 is the dream come true. At the time, before the Italian candidacy, all this seemed impossible, a mountain to climb. And what frightened most was what had to be done to get to Ryder. It was necessary to sow, promote and make known not only golf but also the place and the course that will host Ryder in two years. And now we can see the fruits of this path and project that will have the consecration with the challenge between Europe and the USA in 2023 “. These are the declarations of Malagò, president of Coni. Andrea Pirlo, a great golf enthusiast, was also admiring the show. For a real starter of the Ryder Cup, on a field that has bewitched all the protagonists in the competition. With Hojgaard who, on his 45th career appearance on the European Tour, overcame a lot of competition. He is the second Dane, after Thorbjorn Olesen in 2018, to win the Italian Open. For a triumph that allows him to enter the history of golf together with his twin Rasmus with whom, in 2018, he dragged Denmark to success at the Eisenhower Trophy, the team world championship for amateurs.