Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News

Home favourites return to Gardagolf

May 11, 2018

Matteo Manassero, Nino Bertasio, Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore have confirmed they will join fellow countryman Francesco Molinari at the Italian Open, the second Rolex Series event on the European Tour’s 2018 Race to Dubai, at Gardagolf Country Club from May 31-June 3.

The event, which returns to Gardagolf for the first time in 15 years, will be extra special for both Manassero and Bertasio, who represent the club as touring professionals.

Home favourites return to Gardagolf

Manassero learned to play the game at Gardagolf, which proved to be a phenomenal training ground for the Verona native who became the youngest winner in European Tour history when he took the 2010 Castelló Masters Costa Azahar at 17 years and 188 days of age - a record that still stands.

“I always look forward to the Italian Open,” said the four-time European Tour winner. “Especially with it being at my home club, it’s just great and I think I’m going to enjoy the week a lot.

“From Monday of that week, I’m just going to enjoy every moment and try to play as well as I can.”

Bertasio, who has also spent many years honing his game at Gardagolf is equally as excited about the unique opportunity to compete on familiar territory.

“It’s going to be a new experience. I’ve never played a tournament at my home golf course, so I think it is going to be a lot of fun,” Bertasio said. “It’s a very nice area. You’ve got the mountains, you’ve got Lake Garda, and it’s going to be beautiful at the end of May. I think a lot of players are looking forward to playing at Gardagolf.”

Home favourites return to Gardagolf, Matteo Manassero, © Getty Images

Molinari, who was part of the winning European team in The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor along with his brother Francesco, has long been a favourite of the Italian crowds and will join his brother in returning for their national open, alongside Paratore who is keen to add another European Tour victory to his name.

Entry to the 75th Italian Open will be free for the members of the Italian Golf Federation and children under 16. Tickets for the event can be purchased online through TicketOne and Vivaticket, whilst also available for purchase on tournament days from Gardagolf Country Club.

Nestled between the famous Rocca di Manerba, Soiano Castle and the Valtenesi hills of Northern Italy, Gardagolf Country Club has produced some memorable golfing moments. It last hosted the Italian Open in 2003 where Sweden’s Mathias Grönberg claimed a two-stroke victory.

The Italian Open continues to flourish as one of the eight tournaments which form the prestigious Rolex Series— the premium category of tournaments on the European Tour’s International Schedule, all with a minimum prize fund of US$7 million.

Rising star McKibbin set for European Tour debut at inaugural Shot Clock Masters

Colin Montgomerie to make Staysure PGA Seniors Championship debut

Golf Son Muntaner leads the way in Europe with revolutionary grass upgrade

Man United Captain Michael Carrick to make BMW PGA Championship debut

Lahinch Golf Club to host 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Guy Kinnings to join the European Tour as Deputy CEO & Ryder Cup Director

Pieters boxing clever ahead of Belgian Knockout

Sir Nick Faldo relishing Old course reunion

Rose returns for another shot at Scottish Open title

More news

Otaegui goes the distance in Belgian Knockout

Aaron Wise claims first PGA title at AT&T Byron Nelson

Regions Tradition : Miguel Angel Jiménez wins first senior Major

Latest Official World Golf Ranking

Current European Tour Race to Dubai Standings

Current PGA Tour FedEx Cup Standings

Rickie Fowler, Puma & Arnie Army to honor Arnold Palmer

Sketchers unveil 2018 GO GOLF collection

Michele Thomson promoting Ladies Scottish Open

Grant, Matthew, Reid & Schober qualify for US Women's Open

Linn Grant leading US Open qualifier

LPGA & Dow announce team event in Michigan for 2019

Ariya Jutanugarn wins Kingsmill Championship

More news

© 1996-2018 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us