European Golf Tour
PGA European - BMW Italian Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, May 6th through Sunday, May 9th
SITE: Royal Park I Roveri (Trent Jones Sr Course), Turin, Italy
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr (1971)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,222
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 402 Yds10 - Par 4 410 Yds
2 - Par 4 410 Yds11 - Par 5 558 Yds
3 - Par 4 435 Yds12 - Par 3 197 Yds
4 - Par 3 208 Yds13 - Par 4 404 Yds
5 - Par 5 609 Yds14 - Par 4 449 Yds
6 - Par 3 157 Yds15 - Par 3 217 Yds
7 - Par 4 379 Yds16 - Par 4 486 Yds
8 - Par 5 547 Yds17 - Par 4 468 Yds
9 - Par 4 379 Yds18 - Par 4 507 Yds
36 3,526 Yds35 3,696 Yds
Annual:  67th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30-11 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 8-11 a.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 8-11:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Daniel Vancsik
Runner-Up:  Raphael Jacquelin, John Daly, Robert Rock
Tournament Record:  262 (Peter Alliss, 1935)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Hennie Otto, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Ian Poulter, 2002)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera, 2002 - Olgiata Golf Club;
  Robert Karlsson, 2008 - Castello di Tolcinaso Golf & CC)
Course Record:  64 (Gareth Maybin, 2009)
Total Purse:  $1,694,155 (1,300,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $282,350; 2nd Place - $188,237; 3rd Place - $106,056
2009 Finish
Daniel Vancsik267Francesco Molinari275
Raphael Jacquelin273Thomas Bjorn275
John Daly273Six players at276
Robert Rock273
Thomas Aiken274
Past BMW Italian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Daniel Vancsik (267) -- Raphael Jacquelin, John Daly, Robert Rock
2008Hennie Otto (263) -- Oliver Wilson
2007*#Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (200) -- Markus Brier
2006Francesco Molinari (265) -- Anders Hansen, Jarmo Sandelin
2005Steve Webster (270) -- Anders Hansen, Bradley Dredge, Richard Finch
2004*#Graeme McDowell (197) -- Thomas Levet
2003Mathias Gronberg (271) -- Jose Manuel Lara, Colin Montgomerie,
Ricardo Gonzalez
2002#Ian Poulter (197) -- Paul Lawrie
2001Gregory Havret (268) -- Bradley Dredge
2000Ian Poulter (267) -- Gordon Brand, Jr.
1999Dean Robertson (271) -- Padraig Harrington
1998#Patrik Sjoland (195) -- Jose Maria Olazabal, Joakim Haeggman
1997Bernhard Langer (273) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
1996Jim Payne (275) -- Patrik Sjoland
1995Sam Torrance (269) -- Jose Rivero
1994Eduardo Romero (272) -- Greg Turner
1993Greg Turner (267) -- Jose Coceres
1992Sandy Lyle (270) -- Colin Montgomerie
1991Craig Parry (279) -- Ian Woosnam
1990Richard Boxall (267) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
1989Ronan Rafferty (273) -- Sam Torrance
1988Greg Norman (270) -- Craig Parry
1987*Sam Torrance (271) -- Jose Rivero
1986*David Feherty (270) -- Ronan Rafferty
1985Manuel Pinero (267) -- Sam Torrance
1984Sandy Lyle (277) -- Bobby Clampett
1983*Bernhard Langer (271) -- Seve Ballesteros, Ken Brown
1982Mark James (280) -- Ian Woosnam, Bobby Clampett
1981*Jose Maria Canizares (280) -- Bobby Clampett
1980Massimo Mannelli (276) -- John Bland, Ken Brown
1979Brian Barnes (281) -- Dale Hayes
1978Dale Hayes (293) -- Tommy Horton, Vin Baker
1977Angel Gallardo (286) -- Brian Barnes
1976Baldovino Dassu (280) -- Carl Mason, Manuel Pinero
1975Billy Casper (286) -- Brian Barnes
1974Peter Oosterhuis (249) -- Dale Hayes, Johnny Miller
1973Tony Jacklin (284) -- Valentin Barrios
1972Norman Wood (271) -- Brian Huggett
1971Ramon Sota (282) -- Brian Barnes
1970Not Held
1969Not Held
1968Not Held
1967Not Held
1966Not Held
1965Not Held
1964Not Held
1963Not Held
1962Not Held
1961Not Held
1960B.Wilkes (285)
1959Peter Thomson (269)
1958Peter Alliss (282)
1957Harold Henning (273)
1956A.Cerda (284)
1955Flora van Donck (287)
1954Ugo Grappasonni (272)
1953Flora van Donck (267)
1952E.Brown (273)
1951J.Adams (289)
1950Ugo Grappasonni (281)
1949H.Hassanein (263)
1948Aldo Casera (267)
1947Flory Van Donck (263)
1946Not Held
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Not Held
1941Not Held
1940Not Held
1939Not Held
1938Flory van Donck (276)
1937M.Dallegagne (276)
1936Henry Cotton (268)
1935Peter Alliss (262)
1934N.Nutley (132)
1933Not Held
1932A.Boomer (143)
1931Auguste Boyer (141)
1930Auguste Boyer (140)
1929R.Golias (143)
1928Auguste Boyer (145)
1927Peter Alliss (145)
1926Auguste Boyer (147)
1925Francesco Pasquali (154)

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Methorios Capital Italian Open (2008), Telecom Italia
Open (2002-07), Atlanet Italian Open (2001), Fiat & Fila Italian Open (1999), Conte of Florence Italian Open (1996), Tisettanta Italian Open (1994), Lancia-Martini Italian Open (1990-93), Lancia Italian Open (1987-89), Italian Open (1971-86, 95, 98, 2000).

Top Contenders in the Field
Daniel Vancsik------mcmcmc---Won
Robert Rock---T-48T-37mcT-56T-51T-2
Raphael Jacquelinmcmc---T-16T-771stT-2
Thomas Aiken---------------mc5th
Thomas Bjorn------------------T-6
Alastair Forsyth---5th---mcT-21T-65T-8
Edoardo MolinariT-68mcmcmcT-30T-17T-17
David Lynn---T-19T-21T-40mcT-43T-34
Phillip Archer---------T-6T-14T-4T-42
Anthony WallT-30T-28---T-40T-30mcT-42
Jose Manuel LaraT-2------------T-43T-47
Gregory HavretT-603rdT-21T-16T-37T-7T-54
F. Andersson Hed---T-28mc---T-3mcT-54
Hennie Otto47th---mcT-33---Wonmc
Bradley Dredge---wdT-2T-6T-47T-30mc
Thomas Levet---2nd---------T-38mc
Costantino RoccamcmcT-53mcmcmcmc
Colin MontgomerieT-2---------------mc
Darren Clarke------------------mc
Marcel SiemT-16T-6T-10mcmcT-4---
Steve Webster------WonmcmcT-23---
Soren Kjeldsen---T-48T-144thmcT-38---
David Howell---T-48---------------
Miguel A. Jimenez---------------------
James Morrison---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Edoardo Molinari
Darkhorse - Stephen Dodd
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mikko Ilonen) - Finished tied for 46th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Oliver Fisher) - Missed the cut
One of the most storied events on the European Tour schedule, the BMW Italian Open takes center stage this week. This tournament dates back to 1925. Most of the European Tour's best are in the United States this week playing at THE PLAYERS Championship. However, two of the top-40 players in the world are in the field - Italian Edoardo Molinari (36) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (37).

Matteo Manassero will make his professional debut this week. The 17-year-old Italian was the top amateur at The Masters in April, finishing tied for 36th. He became the youngest player ever to make the cut at The Masters at 16 years and 11 months old. Manassero became the youngest ever winner of the British Amateur Championship last year at 16. He was also the leading amateur at the British Open last year, where he tied for 13th. The 2009 British Amateur champion will be the second-youngest European Tour member in history at 17 years and 17 days old.

Manassero will be nine days older than Seve Ballesteros was when he made his tour debut as a professional. Like Ballesteros, Manassero will make his pro debut at his country's national open.

Last year, Daniel Vancsik carded four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 65, to run away with this event. Vancsik finished the tournament at 17-under-par 267 for a six-shot win over John Daly, Raphael Jacquelin and Robert Rock. The victory was Vancsik's second on the European Tour. He won the 2007 Madeira Islands Open.

In 2008, Hennie Otto fended off a stiff charge from Oliver Wilson to win this event, shooting a three-under 69 in the final round to claim his first European Tour victory. He finished at 25-under 263, one shot off the tournament scoring record.

Francesco Molinari finished off a spectacular week of golf in 2006 with a seven-under 65 in the final round to pull away for a four-shot win at this event. Molinari's day began with an eagle at the first hole and ended with a birdie and a champagne shower on the 18th green, as he became the first Italian in 26 years to win this event. Molinari finished at 23-under-par 265 after his third straight bogey-free round. His first career win came one year after his older brother, Edoardo, won the U.S. Amateur Championship. Molinari became the first Italian to win a European Tour event on home soil since Massimo Mannelli won at Rome Golf Club in 1980. He also became the youngest player to win the Italian Open at 23 years and 180 days old. Billy Casper was the oldest winner when he won in 1975 at 44 years and 248 days.

There have been five wire-to-wire winners of this event: Baldovino Dassu (1976), Jose Maria Canizares (1981), Sam Torrance (1987), Richard Boxall (1990) and Ian Poulter (2002). Poulter's wire-to-wire victory was through 54 holes as the tournament was shortened by bad weather.

In its long and established history, the Italian Open has seen many highlights, including Seve Ballesteros becoming the first player on the European Tour to record eight consecutive birdies in 1985. In 1990, Boxall captured his only European Tour victory. He led from round one, in doing so equaling the European Tour record for largest 36-hole lead by a winner, seven shots, eventually winning by five.

In recent years, this tournament has seen several first-time winners. Since 1986, 11 players have made this event their debut win, including seven of the last 11 years.

There have been only two back-to-back champions of this event: Auguste Boyer (1930-31) and Flory van Donck in 1938 and 1947, as the event was not held between 1939-46 due to World War II. Both players were four-time champions of this event.

The European Tour moves to Mallorca next week, one of six stops in Spain, for the inaugural Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca.

05/04 16:14:52 ET

As of May 4, 2010, at 04:15 PM ET