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PGA European - Italian Open Preview

Thursday, August 28th through Sunday, August 31st

Course Info

Site: Circolo Golf Torino, Fiano, Torino, Italy

Course Architect: John Morrison (1956), Graham Cooke and Mario Croze -redesign

Par: 72

Yardage: 7,208

Hole by Hole

Front Nine: 36 3,555 Yds

1 - Par 5 511 Yds

2 - Par 4 414 Yds

3 - Par 4 412 Yds

4 - Par 4 423 Yds

5 - Par 3 178 Yds

6 - Par 4 466 Yds

7 - Par 4 398 Yds

8 - Par 3 195 Yds

9 - Par 5 558 Yds

Back Nine: 36 3,653 Yds

10 - Par 4 427 Yds

11 - Par 4 427 Yds

12 - Par 5 531 Yds

13 - Par 3 186 Yds

14 - Par 4 371 Yds

15 - Par 5 593 Yds

16 - Par 3 220 Yds

17 - Par 4 465 Yds

18 - Par 4 433 Yds

Tournament Info

Year: 71st

Television: Golf Channel - Thursday -- 5:30-7:30 a.m. (et), -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et), - Friday -- 6-7:30 a.m. (et), 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (et), - Saturday -- 7-11 a.m. (et), - Sunday -- 7-11:30 a.m. (et)

Champion: Julien Quesne

Runner Up: Steve Webster, David Higgins

Tournament Record: 262 (Peter Alliss, 1935)

54-Hole Record: 194 (Hennie Otto, 2008)

36-Hole Record: 128 (Ian Poulter, 2002)

Course Record: 66 (Romain Wattel and Scott Hend, 2013)

Total Purse: $1,975,292 (1,500,000 euros)

Shares:

2013 Final Leaderboard

Julien Quesne 276

Steve Webster 277

David Higgins 277

Fredrik Andersson Hed 278

Nicolas Colsaerts 278

Felipe Aguilar 278

Emiliano Grillo 278

Six players at 279

Past Winners

2013: Julien Quesne (276). Runner up: Steve Webster, David Higgins

2012: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (264). Runner up: Garth Mulroy

2011: Robert Rock (267). Runner up: Gary Boyd, Thorbjorn Olesen

2010: Fredrik Andersson Hed (272). Runner up: David Horsey

2009: Daniel Vancsik (267). Runner up: Raphael Jacquelin, John Daly, Robert Rock

2008: Hennie Otto (263). Runner up: Oliver Wilson

2007: *#Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (200). Runner up: Markus Brier

2006: Francesco Molinari (265). Runner up: Anders Hansen, Jarmo Sandelin

2005: Steve Webster (270). Runner up: Anders Hansen, Bradley Dredge, Richard Finch

2004: *#Graeme McDowell (197). Runner up: Thomas Levet

2003: Mathias Gronberg (271). Runner up: Jose Manuel Lara, Colin Montgomerie, Ricardo Gonzalez

2002: #Ian Poulter (197). Runner up: Paul Lawrie

2001: Gregory Havret (268). Runner up: Bradley Dredge

2000: Ian Poulter (267). Runner up: Gordon Brand, Jr.

1999: Dean Robertson (271). Runner up: Padraig Harrington

1998: #Patrik Sjoland (195). Runner up: Jose Maria Olazabal, Joakim Haeggman

1997: Bernhard Langer (273). Runner up: Jose Maria Olazabal

1996: Jim Payne (275). Runner up: Patrik Sjoland

1995: Sam Torrance (269). Runner up: Jose Rivero

1994: Eduardo Romero (272). Runner up: Greg Turner

1993: Greg Turner (267). Runner up: Jose Coceres

1992: Sandy Lyle (270). Runner up: Colin Montgomerie

1991: Craig Parry (279). Runner up: Ian Woosnam

1990: Richard Boxall (267). Runner up: Jose Maria Olazabal

1989: Ronan Rafferty (273). Runner up: Sam Torrance

1988: Greg Norman (270). Runner up: Craig Parry

1987: *Sam Torrance (271). Runner up: Jose Rivero

1986: *David Feherty (270). Runner up: Ronan Rafferty

1985: Manuel Pinero (267). Runner up: Sam Torrance

1984: Sandy Lyle (277). Runner up: Bobby Clampett

1983: *Bernhard Langer (271). Runner up: Seve Ballesteros, Ken Brown

1982: Mark James (280). Runner up: Ian Woosnam, Bobby Clampett

1981: *Jose Maria Canizares (280). Runner up: Bobby Clampett

1980: Massimo Mannelli (276). Runner up: John Bland, Ken Brown

1979: Brian Barnes (281). Runner up: Dale Hayes

1978: Dale Hayes (293). Runner up: Tommy Horton, Vin Baker

1977: Angel Gallardo (286). Runner up: Brian Barnes

1976: Baldovino Dassu (280). Runner up: Carl Mason, Manuel Pinero

1975: Billy Casper (286). Runner up: Brian Barnes

1974: Peter Oosterhuis (249). Runner up: Dale Hayes, Johnny Miller

1973: Tony Jacklin (284). Runner up: Valentin Barrios

1972: Norman Wood (271). Runner up: Brian Huggett

1971: Ramon Sota (282). Runner up: Brian Barnes

1970: Not Held. Runner up:

1969: Not Held. Runner up:

1968: Not Held. Runner up:

1967: Not Held. Runner up:

1966: Not Held. Runner up:

1965: Not Held. Runner up:

1964: Not Held. Runner up:

1963: Not Held. Runner up:

1962: Not Held. Runner up:

1961: Not Held. Runner up:

1960: B.Wilkes (285). Runner up: Aldo Casera

1959: Peter Thomson (269). Runner up: A. Angelini

1958: Peter Alliss (282). Runner up: A. Angelini

1957: Harold Henning (273). Runner up: R. Cotton

1956: A.Cerda (284). Runner up: Flora van Donck

1955: Flora van Donck (287) - H. DeLamaze. Runner up:

1954: Ugo Grappasonni (272). Runner up: J. Jacobs

1953: Flora van Donck (267). Runner up: L. Faulkner

1952: E.Brown (273). Runner up: D. Rees

1951: J.Adams (289). Runner up: E. Brown, A. Angelini

1950: Ugo Grappasonni (281). Runner up: A. Angelini

1949: H.Hassanein (263). Runner up: Aldo Casera

1948: Aldo Casera (267). Runner up: P. Manca, Ugo Grappasonni

1947: Flory Van Donck (263). Runner up: Aldo Casera

1946: Not Held. Runner up:

1945: Not Held. Runner up:

1944: Not Held. Runner up:

1943: Not Held. Runner up:

1942: Not Held. Runner up:

1941: Not Held. Runner up:

1940: Not Held. Runner up:

1939: Not Held. Runner up:

1938: Flory van Donck (276). Runner up: P. Travaini

1937: M.Dallegagne (276). Runner up: Auguste Boyer

1936: Henry Cotton (268). Runner up: J. Ezar

1935: Peter Alliss (262). Runner up: Auguste Boyer

1934: N.Nutley (132). Runner up: Gonzales

1933: Not Held. Runner up:

1932: A.Boomer (143). Runner up: Auguste Boyer

1931: Auguste Boyer (141). Runner up: R. Golias

1930: Auguste Boyer (140). Runner up: A. Dallemagne

1929: R.Golias (143). Runner up: Auguste Boyer

1928: Auguste Boyer (145). Runner up: Loth

1927: Peter Alliss (145). Runner up: M. Dallemagne

1926: Auguste Boyer (147). Runner up: A. Ross

1925: Francesco Pasquali (154). Runner up: W.H. Jolly

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Formerly called BMW Italian Open (2009-12), Methorios Capital Italian Open (2008), Telecom Italia Open (2002-07), Atlanet Italian Open (2001), Fiat & Fila Italian Open (1999), Conte of Florence Italian Open (1996), Tisettanta Italian Open (1994), Lancia-Martini Italian Open (1990-93), Lancia Italian Open (1987-89), Italian Open (1971-86, 95, 98, 2000).

Top Contenders

Julien Quesne

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: mc

2011:

2012: mc

2013: Won

Steve Webster

2004:

2005: Won

2006: mc

2007: mc

2008: T-23

2009:

2010: T-46

2011: T-33

2012: T-57

2013: T-2

David Higgins

2004:

2005:

2006: mc

2007: mc

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012:

2013: T-2

Nicolas Colsaerts

2004: mc

2005: T-32

2006: T-12

2007: T-30

2008:

2009:

2010: T-3

2011:

2012: T-5

2013: T-4

F. Andersson Hed

2004: T-28

2005: mc

2006:

2007: T-3

2008: mc

2009: T-54

2010: Won

2011: T-15

2012: T-35

2013: T-4

Hennie Otto

2004:

2005: mc

2006: T-33

2007:

2008: Won

2009: mc

2010: T-7

2011: T-46

2012: T-22

2013: T-8

Francesco Molinari

2004: T-13

2005: T-17

2006: Won

2007: T-3

2008: mc

2009: T-6

2010:

2011: T-8

2012: T-46

2013: T-16

Matteo Manassero

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: T-25

2010: T-29

2011: T-8

2012: T-3

2013: T-42

Gregory Bourdy

2004:

2005: T-60

2006: T-33

2007: T-60

2008: T-30

2009:

2010: T-22

2011: T-11

2012: T-3

2013: T-42

Simon Dyson

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: wd

2011:

2012:

2013: T-47

Mathias Gronberg

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009: T-42

2010:

2011:

2012: mc

2013: T-66

Jose M. Olazabal

2004: mc

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012: T-63

2013: 70th

R. Cabrera Bello

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007: T-56

2008: T-51

2009:

2010: mc

2011: T-67

2012: 9th

2013: mc

Robert Rock

2004: T-48

2005: T-37

2006: mc

2007: T-56

2008: T-51

2009: T-2

2010: T-17

2011: Won

2012: T-46

2013: mc

Joost Luiten

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: T-32

2011: 5th

2012: mc

2013:

Stephen Gallacher

2004: T-48

2005: T-70

2006:

2007:

2008: mc

2009: mc

2010: mc

2011:

2012:

2013:

NOTES: One of the most storied events on the European Tour schedule, the Italian Open takes center stage this week. This tournament dates back to 1925. Some of the European Tour's best are in the United States competing in the PGA Tour Playoffs. However, three of the top 50 players in the world are in the field - Stephen Gallacher (34), Italian Francesco Molinari (44) and Joost Luiten (50).

Molinari became the first Italian to win a World Golf Championships event when he won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, in 2010.

Italian Matteo Manassero made his professional debut in his home country in 2010. He has already won four times on the European Tour and is still only 21 years old. He became the youngest winner in European Tour history when he won the Castello Masters at 17 years and 188 days old in 2010. Manassero's biggest win came in 2013 at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

In its long and established history, this event has seen many highlights, including Seve Ballesteros becoming the first player on the European Tour to record eight consecutive birdies in 1985. In 1990, Richard Boxall captured his only European Tour victory. He led from round one, in doing so equaling the European Tour record for largest 36-hole lead by a winner, seven shots, eventually winning by five.

Last year, Julien Quesne bounced back from an early double bogey to card a 5-under 67 in the final round and win by one stroke over David Higgins and Steve Webster. Quesne earned his second career victory on the European Tour at 12-under-par 276.

In 2012, Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and capture this title for a second time. Fernandez-Castano finished at 24-under 264 and bested third-round leader Garth Mulroy by two at Royal Park I Roveri. It was Fernandez-Castano's sixth win on tour. The Spaniard also claimed victory at this championship in 2007.

In 2011, Robert Rock finally got his first European Tour victory in his 209th start. Rock shot rounds of 64-68-68-67 and won the title by a single stroke at 21-under 267 over Gary Boyd and Thorbjorn Olesen.

In recent years, this tournament has seen several first-time winners. Since 1986, 13 players have made this event their debut win, including nine of the last 15 years.

Fredrik Andersson Hed shot rounds of 70-66-63-73 and won by two strokes over David Horsey in 2010. Andersson Hed, who won for the first time on the European Tour, finished at 16-under-par 272.

In 2008, Hennie Otto fended off a stiff charge from Oliver Wilson to win, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round to claim his first European Tour victory. He finished at 25-under 263, one shot off the tournament scoring record.

Molinari finished off a spectacular week of golf in 2006 with a 7-under 65 in the final round to pull away for a 4-shot win. Molinari's day began with an eagle at the first hole and ended with a birdie and a champagne shower on the 18th green, as he became the first Italian in 26 years to win this title. Molinari finished at 23-under-par 265 after his third straight bogey-free round. His first career win came one year after his older brother, Edoardo, won the U.S. Amateur Championship. Francesco became the first Italian to win a European Tour event on home soil since Massimo Mannelli won at Rome Golf Club in 1980. He also became the youngest player to win this tournament at 23 years and 180 days old. Billy Casper was the oldest winner when he won in 1975 at 44 years and 248 days.

There have been five wire-to-wire winners - Baldovino Dassu (1976), Jose Maria Canizares (1981), Sam Torrance (1987), Boxall (1990) and Ian Poulter (2002). Poulter's wire-to-wire victory was through 54 holes as the tournament was shortened by bad weather.

There have been only two back-to-back champions - Auguste Boyer (1930-31) and Flory van Donck in 1938 and 1947, as the event was not held between 1939-46 due to World War II. Both players were 4-time champions.

The European Tour travels to Switzerland next week for the Omega European Masters, where Thomas Bjorn won the 2013 title.

08/26 16:04:41 ET

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