The Staysure Tour returns to Italy once again for the ninth playing of the Senior Italian Open. Get yourself up to speed here before the action gets under way.
A return to Villaverde
For the fourth consecutive year, the Senior Italian Open will be played at the stunning Villaverde Resort located to the northeast of Venice. Set in the heart of the morainal hills, the 6,980 yard par 72 layout, which was opened in 1970, has quickly become a favourite amongst players on the Staysure Tour, and with views like this, it is easy to see why…
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Clark Dennis is a superman at Villaverde Resort. At last year’s Senior Italian Open, the American arrived on site as both the defending champion of the tournament, and the reigning Order of Merit winner from the previous season. He teed it up at Villaverde Resort aiming to mount the first successful defence in the championships’ history. In true superhero fashion, Dennis emerged just in the nick of time as he birdied the final hole of regulation to force a play-off and then defeated Rafael Gomez on the first extra-hole to become the first back-to-back winner in tournament history.
It’s all to play-off for
This year, Dennis will bid to become the first player to win the same tournament in three consecutive years since Colin Montgomerie won three straight Travis Perkins Masters’ from 2013-2015. However, another three-peat could happen this week as well as both of Dennis’ wins were decided by a play-off. Should the Senior Italian Open head to extra holes this year, it would mark yet another exciting finish for the tournament. Since moving to Villaverde Resort, the winner of the tournament has been, at most, only a single shot clear of the nearest competitor. The last two years the single shot margin has come from a play-off, while in 2016, it was Welshman Stephen Dodd who clipped Ryder Cup star Phillip Price by one stroke to earn his first victory on the Staysure Tour.
The ‘godfather of Italian golf’, Costantino Rocca, will make his fifth appearance at the Senior Italian Open this year. Rocca’s career has been essential for the boom that Italian golf is now undergoing. Through his sustained success and Major Championship performances, Rocca blazed a trail for Italians in professional golf - laying the groundwork for the growing number of Italian stars in today's game. The reigning Open champion Francesco Molinari has credited Rocca for inspiring him in golf, and the distinguished career of the three-time Ryder Cup great played a crucial role in The 2022 Ryder Cup being awarded to Italy for the first time.
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