17 Italians will seek a rarity at home via victory in their national open, but 2-time winner Francesco Molinari won’t be among them
17: Number of Italians entered at the European Tour’s Italian Open, which begins Thursday at Chervo Golf Club in Brescia, Italy. The home contingent will be led by Renato Paratore, 23, a two-time winner on the European Tour who will be looking for his first title in his national open. At No. 134 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Paratore is the second-highest-ranked Italian in the world. Francesco Molinari, who has slipped to No. 81 in the world order after sitting out seven months during the coronavirus pandemic, recently moved to the U.S. and primarily plays the PGA Tour. Since Massimo Mannelli won the 1980 Italian Open, Molinari is the only Italian to win his national open, claiming the 2006 and 2016 titles. Molinari’s older brother, Edoardo, a three-time European Tour winner and the 2005 U.S. Amateur champion, is entered (tee times).
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