10 classic Italian Open photos

Some of the Italian Open's most memorable moments, including a farewell to a legend and an unusual prize.

Some of the Italian Open's most memorable moments, including a farewell to a legend and an unusual prize.

As one of the longstanding tournaments on the European Tour, the Italian Open has provided its fair share of memorable moments. We take a look back on some of the best photos from the event's history, including a farewell to a legend and an unusual prize.

1) Poults' first win

The first of Ian Poulter's 12 European Tour wins came at Is Molas Golf Resort in Sardinia. The Englishman was understandably in the mood for celebrating what would turn out to be the first of two wins in this event.

 

2) Say cheese!

The trophy wasn't the only thing Steve Webster had to show for his win in 2005. His reward for a maiden win on tour also included being given his weight in cheese, around 75kg. Good luck fitting that in your suitcase.

 

3) Riding the crest of a wave

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño is no stranger to taking a post-victory dip. Pictured above celebrating his 2007 victory, the Spaniard also hit the water the following year after winning the British Masters. 

 

4) Ciao, Matteo

Matteo Manassero didn't take long to introduce himself to golf fans around the globe. Manassero, who was 17 years and 188 days old when he won his first title on tour, made his Italian Open debut in 2009, pictured above. Later that year he would become the youngest winner of the Silver Medal at The Open Championship. 

 

5) Close call

Luckily there were smiles all around in 2009 after Thomas Levet accidentally hit a cameraman with his ball. All in a day's work for those hardy cameramen.

 

6) Is it in?

It's not uncommon for a crowd reaction to let a player know that their ball has dropped into the hole. In 2009, Jorge Campiilo's caddie appeared to want a little clarification as to whether his man had won a brand new BMW. It turned out the Spaniard had done exactly that.

 

7) Perks of the job

Whether it's the travel or the world class golf courses, there are plenty of pluses to being a professional golfer. Tasting chocolate proved to be another item to add to the list for Matteo Manassero, Alvaro Quiros, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Fredrik Andersson Hed prior to the 2013 edition.

 

8) So long, Costantino

There would have been a few tears in 2015 when Italian legend Costantino Rocca ended his European Tour career at his home tournament. A 33 year career on tour came to an end in Milan, with the home fans demonstrating their support in innovative ways, as shown above.

 

9) Celebration pose

Francesco Molinari's win on tour last year couldn't have been more complete. Not only did the Italian win in his native country for the second time, he pulled off one of the shots of the week when he holed-out from a bunker on the 18th. His celebration afterwards was one of the lasting images of the week. 

 

10) Hats off

The emotions of a tense final day in Milan last year came to a climax when Molinari holed the winning putt and celebrated in front of the adoring home fans. The sense of relief was palpable as the Italian threw his hat to the floor and embraced his caddie.