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PGA European - Sicilian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 29th through Sunday, April 1st
SITE: Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily, Italy
COURSE ARCHITECT: Kyle Phillips (2009)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,375
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 445 Yds10 - Par 4 464 Yds
2 - Par 4 422 Yds11 - Par 5 568 Yds
3 - Par 3 158 Yds12 - Par 3 226 Yds
4 - Par 5 578 Yds13 - Par 4 436 Yds
5 - Par 4 488 Yds14 - Par 5 523 Yds
6 - Par 4 446 Yds15 - Par 4 414 Yds
7 - Par 5 567 Yds16 - Par 3 150 Yds
8 - Par 3 178 Yds17 - Par 4 403 Yds
9 - Par 4 434 Yds18 - Par 4 475 Yds
36 3,716 Yds36 3,659 Yds
Annual:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-11 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Raphael Jacquelin
Runner-Up:  Anthony Wall
Tournament Record:  272 (Raphael Jacquelin, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  204 (Raphael Jacquelin, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Anthony Wall, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  65 (Stephen Dodd, Jose Manuel Lara, Alastair Forsyth, 2011)
Total Purse:  $1,333,681
Shares:  1st Place - $218,881; 2nd Place - $145,925; 3rd Place - $82,215
2011 Finish
Raphael Jacquelin272Jamie Elson279
Anthony Wall273Oscar Floren279
Jose Manuel Lara277Peter Whiteford279
Joel Sjoholm277Lorenzo Gagli279
Simon Dyson279Carlos Del Moral279
Nicolas Colsaerts279Scott Jamieson279
Past Sicilian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Raphael Jacquelin (272) -- Anthony Wall

Top Contenders in the Field
Raphael JacquelinWon
Anthony Wall2nd
Jose Manuel LaraT-3
Joel SjoholmT-3
Nicolas ColsaertsT-5
Jamie DonaldsonT-13
Soren HansenT-20
Robert ColesT-45
Gregory Havretmc
Thomas Levetmc
Costantino Roccamc
John Daly---
Branden Grace---
Matteo Manassero---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Matteo Manassero
Darkhorse - Phillip Price
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matteo Manassero) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Hennie Otto) - Finished tied for 9th
The European Tour travels to Italy this week for the Sicilian Open. None of the top-50 players in the world are in the field, but there are six of the top-100 - Italian Matteo Manassero (61), Nicolas Colsaerts (69), Branden Grace (89), David Lynn (91), Jamie Donaldson (94) and Gregory Havret (99). Manassero has finished second and tied for sixth in his last two events. He already has two European Tour victories at the age of 18.

The 2011 tournament was the first event held on the island of Sicily. This year's tournament will be staged at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, which was designed by Kyle Phillips and opened in 2009. Last year's event was held at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa's Parkland Course. There are only seven golf courses in Sicily. Il Picciolo Golf Club was the first course to open on the island in 1989.

The Italian contingent this week is led by Manassero and Costantino Rocca. Rocca has five European Tour victories and lost the 1995 British Open in a playoff to John Daly. He was the first Italian player to compete in a Ryder Cup in 1993. The American Daly is also in the field this week.

Last year, Raphael Jacquelin finished off his third European Tour victory Monday morning when he held off Anthony Wall at the Sicilian Open. After a 2 1/2 hour weather delay on Sunday forced the Monday finish, Jacquelin polished off his three-under 68 for a total of 12-under 272. He won by a single stroke over Wall. Jacquelin was the only player in the field to post four rounds in the 60s.

The best players from Europe will be in the United States next week for the first major of the year, The Masters, where European Tour member Charl Schwartzel will defend his title at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

03/27 15:32:17 ET

As of March 27, 2012, at 03:32 PM ET

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