The final European Tour Rolex Series event is this week at the Italian Open
The birdies are flying this time of year on the European Tour. Tyrrell Hatton broke his own tournament record of 24-under-par last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The winning score was 20-under both of the prior two weeks at the Portugal Masters and British Masters.
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More of the same should be on the docket this week at the Italian Open with a beautiful, warm forecast in store for Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy. While GCM features tight, tree-lined fairways, there isn’t much else to defend itself from low scores. Four of the past six winning tallies were 20-under or deeper.
GCM is a James Petter Gannon design from 1928. It’s relatively short at 7,159 yards for a par of 71. The parkland style course features poa bentgrass greens and has hosted eight Italian Opens, six of them before 1990.
Given that this is a Rolex Series event with a larger purse ($7 million), there’s a strong stable of players electing to play this week with an eye on the Race to Dubai Final series beginning in two weeks.
Seven of the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 in the RtD standings are here this week to headline the 132-player field. Let’s take a look at how many of them make my top 10 this week: