Played as the Rocco Forte Open (May 10-13). 26-year-old Joakim Lagergren (Swe) beat Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to record his first European Tour win. [Verdura Resort, Sciacca, Sicily; composite of East & West courses, mainly using holes from the West].
Played as the Rocco Forte Open (May 18-21; formerly called the Sicilian Open, last played in 2012). Álvaro Quirós (Esp) beat Zander Lombard (RSA) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Verdura Resort, Sciacca, Sicily; composite of East & West courses, mainly using holes from the West].
Played as the Sicilian Open (Mar 29-Apr 1; next played in 2017). Second-placed Chris Wood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind 22-year-old Thorbjørn Olesen (Den), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Verdura Resort, Sciacca, Sicily; composite of East & West courses, mainly using holes from the West].
Played as the inaugural Sicilian Open (March 17-20). Second-placed Anthony Wall (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra). Monday finish required following bad weather on the Sunday. [Links course, Donnafugata Resort, Ragusa, Sicily].
Chevron Championship: the first women’s major championship of 2023 is played for the first time in Texas, having been uprooted from its home of 51 years at the Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California.
Italian Open: the 80th playing of this prestigious European event will see many 2023 Ryder Cup hopefuls build their “local knowledge” of the Marco Simone course in Rome. (May 4-7). Ryder Cup (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Jon Rahm: dedicated his emphatic Masters Tournament win to the late Seve Ballesteros. “Rahmbo’s” victory came on the day his fellow countryman and golfing inspiration would have turned 66 years of age.
Steve Stricker: four-time senior major championship winner, chases a fifth title as he defends at the 34th Regions Tradition (May 11-14), the first senior major of 2023.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
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