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

  • When: May 31-June 3
  • Where: Site TBA

    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.

    European Tour tournament site

    Italian Open Tournament Records

    • Scoring, 18 holes: 61 - Ian Poulter and Angel Cabrera, 2002
    • Scoring, 72 holes: 262 - 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)

      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