It is the hour of truth. The final sprint for the Italian Open title has begun at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome). From Nicolai Hojgaard (alone in the lead after the third lap) to Tommy Fleetwood, from Daniel Van Tonder to Mikko Korhonen. The top four finishers after the ‘moving day’ will take the field at lunchtime and it will be a challenge show for the title where two Azzurri also aim to enter: Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Laporta, both ninth at the end of the ‘moving day’. There is also expectation for Francesco Molinari and Guido Migliozzi. Twenty-sixth after 54 holes, they will try to recover ground to obtain a prestigious result. Nicolai Hojgaard is the new leader of the Italian Open. The Dane dreams of his first career success on the European Tour a week after his twin brother Rasmus’ exploit (the third on the circuit) in Switzerland, and at the Omega European Masters.
Nicolai Hojgaard, Italian Open
It gets tough for the Azzurri. The best after the “moving day” are Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Laporta, both 9 / i with 205 (-8), five shots away from the summit. While Francesco Molinari and Guido Migliozzi, 26 / i with 209 (-4), now seem cut off from the title race.
Very short ranking in the home of the Ryder Cup 2023. Where the English Tommy Fleetwood, among the stars of the competition, and the South African Daniel Van Tonder, share the second position with 201 (-12) and are following the leader. Fourth place with 202 (-11) for the Finnish Mikko Korhonen, fifth with 203 (-10) for the Australian Min Woo Lee, who lost the lead after 36 holes. Behind him, among others, is Alexander Levy. Sixth with 204 (-9), the transalpine has as caddy an old acquaintance of football (also Italian), Alain Boghossian. World champion with France in 1998, he was literally bewitched by golf. “They are certainly among the strongest former footballers who play this sport,” said Boghossian with conviction. First time as a caddy, he met the Marco Simone field between 2014 and 2015, when he played on these “greens” together with Michel Platini. Boghossian also talks about football, celebrates the Mancini national team, European champion, and praises Federico Chiesa. “I saw him born and he was among the drivers in the European Championship. He is a devastating player.”
From ice skating to the first swings. First time on a golf course for Valentina Marchei who, between one shot and another, also talks about the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics. “It will be the most important sporting event in the country for the next 20 years, a showcase for the world that will make it possible to bring Made in Italy around the world and to transmit Olympic values such as respect, friendship and excellence, among others “. These are the statements of the former ice skater. And now the grand finale. Tomorrow there will be another show challenge at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club with Nicolai Hojgaard who, three years after Thorbjorn Olesen, aims to become the second Dane to win the Italian Open.