Francesco Molinari won the Spanish Open in May. Photo: AP/golfweek.com
There is a strong home contingent set to contest this week’s Italian Open in Turin, headed by 2006 winner Francesco Molinari and his brother Edoardo . Francesco has had a stellar year and is currently fourth in The Race To Dubai, with a win at the Open de Espana and seven other top ten finishes on the European Tour this season. Older brother Edoardo has had a modest season by comparison, with his appearances on the tour limited by an operation on his wrist. Indeed this is the 31 year-olds first tournament since the Nordea Masters in June.
Teenager Matteo Manassero is another local hope that will be determined to put in a big showing after finishing eighth here twelve months ago. The 2009 British Amateur Championship winner is considered one of the hottest young prospects in world golf and has five top ten finishes already this year, while he had also recorded two European Tour wins before his 18th birthday.
Last year’s winner Robert Rock will be bidding to become just the third player in history to successfully defend his Italian Open crown, while 2010 champion Fredrik Andersson Hed is joined in the lineup by European Ryder Cup players Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer .
Aussie hopes lie with David McKenzie , Andrew Dodt , Scott Strange and Matthew Zions .
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