It’s clear to see the progression in the career of Renato Paratore. After juggling golf with his studies and battling to keep his card last year having finished 109th in the Race to Dubai, the 19 year old made sure he didn’t have to go through the same nerve-wracking experience this time round, finishing at 57th in the 2016 season-long standings and making his Final Series debut.
Three top tens and a host of other consistent performances shows why the Italian, who won a gold medal at the Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing, is so highly thought of. It’s amazing what another year on tour can do for a less-experienced player like Paratore as well. Now very at home among his peers, Paratore is growing into a well-liked and respected player on the European Tour, which can have a positive effect on a player’s results.
There’s much more to Paratore’s game than just a happy face though, with the Rome native’s short game and temperament receiving plenty of plaudits. Widely regarded as the quickest player on the European Tour, Renato has admitted that one of his golfing dreams is to be in Europe’s team for the 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome, his hometown. If he can keep on progressing the way he is there’s no reason why he can’t make that side. In the short-term meanwhile Paratore will be chasing a third straight year of improvement on the European Tour in 2017.