Italian Open Golf Tournament on the European Tour

Hennie Otto of South africa plays a shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 71st Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino on August 31, 2014 in Turin, Italy
A scene from the 2014 Italian Open, won by Hennie Otto (pictured). Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The Italian Open golf tournament has been part of the European Tour schedule since the tour's debut season in 1972. But the tournament goes back much farther, first played in 1925.

The tournament has had many title sponsors over the decades, although it is currently without one. The official name of the tournament, expressed in Italian, is Open d'Italia.

2018 Italian Open
Thorbjorn Olesen matched the tournament scoring record of 262 and won by a single stroke.

The runner-up, Francesco Molinari, also scored 262, but in 2016. This year, Molinari—trying to win on the European Tour for a second consecutive week—finished one behind Olesen. It was Olesen's fifth career win on the European Tour.

2017 Italian Open
Tyrrell Hatton won the 2017 Italian Open with a score of 263 that was just one stroke shy of tying the tournament scoring record. Hatton closed with a 65 and finished at 21-under, one stroke better than runners-up Kiradesh Aphibarnrat and Ross Fisher.

2016 Tournament
Francesco Molinari tied the tournament's all-time scoring record of 262 (set by Percy Alliss in 1935) to win by a single stroke over Danny Willet. Molinari shot 64-65 on the weekend, finishing at 22-under par. It was Molinari's fourth career win on the European Tour, but his first since 2012. His first Euro Tour victory came in the 2006 Italian Open.

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Italian Open Tournament Records

  • Scoring, 18 holes: 61 - Ian Poulter and Angel Cabrera, 2002
  • Scoring, 72 holes: 262 - Thorbjorn Olesen, 2018; Francesco Molinari, 2016; Percy Alliss, 1935
  • Victories: 4 - Auguste Boyer and Flory Van Donck. Since the creation of the European Tour in 1972, multiple golfers share the record with two victories.

Golf Courses of the Italian Open

The current course is Olgiata Golf Club in the northwest suburbs of Rome.

In 2015 the Italian Open moved to Golf Club Milano in Parco Reale di Monza, a northern suburb of Milan. It was a return to Milan, where the event was staged from 2004-08. 

From 2009 through 2014 the tournament was played in Turin. Over its long history, the tournament has rotated to many courses across Italy.

Italian Open Facts, Figures and Trivia

  • From 1925 through 1934, the Italian Open was only 36 holes in length. It went to 72 holes beginning in 1935.
  • Two golfers share the tournament record for wins. Frenchman Auguste Boyer (1926, 1928, 1930, 1931) and Belgian Flory van Donck (1938, 1947, 1953, 1955) each won four times.
  • Boyer and van Donck also share the distinction of being the only back-to-back winners in tournament history - although van Donck's consecutive wins were nine years apart. How so? He first won in 1938, and then World War II intervened. The Italian Open wasn't played again until 1947, and van Donck won that one, too. Back-to-back wins, nine years apart.
  • There was another long gap in the tournament's history: The Italian Open wasn't played from 1961-70.
  • One of the last handful of wins by Billy Casper happened at the 1975 Italian Open.
  • The first of David Feherty's five European Tour victories came in the 1986 Italian Open. Feherty beat fellow Irishman Ronan Rafferty in a playoff. (Related: 10 Best Irish Golfers of All-Time)
  • Peter Alliss won the Italian Open in 1958. His father, Percy Alliss, won it twice, in 1927 and 1935.
  • Ian Poulter is a two-time winner of the Italian Open, and his victory in 2000 was his first on the European Tour.
  • In the first round of the 2015 tournament, Nicolas Colsaerts tied the European Tour record with eight consecutive birdies.

Winners of the Italian Open

(p-won playoff; w-weather shortened)

2018 - Thorbjorn Olesen, 262
2017 - Tyrrell Hatton, 263
2016 - Francesco Molinari, 262
2015 - Rikard Karlberg-p, 269
2014 - Hennie Otto, 268
2013 - Julien Quesne, 276
2012 - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 264
2011 - Robert Rock, 267
2010 - Fredrik Andersson Hed, 268
2009 - Daniel Vancsik, 267
2008 - Hennie Otto, 263
2007 - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano-p, 200-w
2006 - Francesco Molinari, 265
2005 - Steve Webster, 270
2004 - Graeme McDowell-p, 197-w
2003 - Mathias Gronberg, 271
2002 - Ian Poulter, 197-w
2001 - Gregory Havret, 268
2000 - Ian Poulter, 267
1999 - Dean Robertson, 271
1998 - Patrik Sjoland, 195-w
1997 - Bernhard Langer, 273
1996 - Jim Payne, 275
1995 - Sam Torrance, 269
1994 - Eduardo Romero, 272
1993 - Greg Turner, 267
1992 - Sandy Lyle, 270
1991 - Craig Parry, 279
1990 - Richard Boxall, 267
1989 - Ronan Rafferty, 273
1988 - Greg Norman, 270
1987 - Sam Torrance-p, 271
1986 - David Feherty-p, 270
1985 - Manuel Pinero, 267
1984 - Sandy Lyle, 277
1983 - Bernhard Langer-p, 271
1982 - Mark James, 280
1981 - Jose Maria Canizares-p, 280
1980 - Massimo Mannelli, 276
1979 - Brian Barnes-p, 281
1978 - Dale Hayes, 293
1977 - Ángel Gallardo-p, 286
1976 - Baldovino Dassu, 280
1975 - Billy Casper, 286
1974 - Peter Oosterhuis, 249-w
1973 - Tony Jacklin, 284
1972 - Norman Wood, 271
1971 - Ramon Sota, 282
1961-70 - Not played
1960 - Brian Wilkes, 285
1959 - Peter Thomson, 269
1958 - Peter Alliss, 282
1957 - Harold Henning, 273
1956 - Antonio Cerda, 284
1955 - Flory Van Donck, 287
1954 - Ugo Grappasonni, 272
1953 - Flory Van Donck, 267
1952 - Eric Brown, 273
1951 - Jimmy Adams, 289
1950 - Ugo Grappasonni, 281
1949 - Hassan Hassanein, 263
1948 - Aldo Casera, 267
1947 - Flory Van Donck, 263
1939-46 - Not played
1938 - Flory Van Donck, 276
1937 - Marcel Dallemagne, 276
1936 - Henry Cotton, 268
1935 - Percy Alliss, 262
1934 - N.

Nutley, 132
1933 - Not played
1932 - Aubrey Boomer, 143
1931 - Auguste Boyer, 141
1930 - Auguste Boyer, 140
1929 - Rene Golias, 143
1928 - Auguste Boyer, 145
1927 - Percy Alliss, 145
1926 - Auguste Boyer, 147
1925 - Francesco Pasquali, 154