DID YOU KNOW – 71° OPEN D’ITALIA PRESENTED BY DAMIANI
• Julien Quesne will be aiming to become the first player since The European Tour’s first year in 1972 to make a successful defence of the Italian Open.
• The 2013 BMW PGA Champion, Matteo Manassero, will be making his sixth appearance in his National Championship. He played in 2009 as an amateur where he tied for 25th. In 2010, on his professional debut he made European Tour history by becoming the youngest professional to make a cut in a European Tour event, aged 17 years and 18 days. He eventually shared 29th. In 2011 he occupied eighth, 2012 he shared third. Twelve months ago he finished in a tie for 42nd.
• Francesco Molinari was the last home winner of the championship in 2006 and will be looking to continue his outstanding form in the event. He has recorded four top eight finishes in his last seven Italian Open starts. He was the winner in 2006, tied third in 2007, tied sixth in 2009 and tied eight in 2011.
• The Italian Open has a rich tradition of Major Champions who have added their name to the trophy, which began in 1925. They include: Sir Henry Cotton (1936), Peter Thomson (1959), Tony Jacklin (1973), Billy Casper (1975), Bernhard Langer (1983, 97), Sandy Lyle (1984, 92) and Greg Norman (1988).
• The Italian Open will be played for the 71st time in 2014, having started out in 1925. The event is one of only seven tournaments to be played every year since The European Tour’s first year in 1972. The events are: The Open Championship, Open de España, Alstom Open de France, KLM Open, Omega European Masters , PGA Championship and Italian Open.
• Golf Club Torino will be staging the event for the second time, following the 2013 tournament.
• Marc Warren, victorious in the Made in Denmark, will be looking for wins in consecutive appearances. The last Scot to achieve this feat was Colin Montgomerie in 1994 at the Murphy’s English Open and Volvo German Open.