Stefano Pitoni leads at Antognolla Alps Open

Two outsiders are in the lead after the first lap at the Antognolla Alps Open – the third tournament of the Italian Pro Tour 2021, also included in the Alps Tour calendar – with a partial of 66 (-5): the blue Stefano Pitoni and the Spanish amateur Joel Moscatel. In Umbria third place (68, -3) for the English Jack Floydd, while Matteo Manassero and Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, the two most anticipated Italians, share the fourth position with 69 (-2) along with 11 other players.

Antognolla Alps Open, leaderboard

Trials at the antipodes for the two Azzurri. Vecchi Fossa, fresh from two consecutive successes in the first tests of the Italian Pro Tour, after the first nine holes with two bogeys he made up again under him with 4 birdies in the second nine. For Manassero he performed almost flawlessly for 17 holes then, at 18 (the last of the day) a double bogey that did not allow him to keep up with the leaders. Tomorrow the second round, with Vecchi Fossa and Manassero aiming high.

It’s called the “Player Impact Program” and is the PGA Tour’s answer to the Premier Golf League (PGL) which, from 2022, aims to propose a new green circuit between pharaonic prize pools and big ambitions. The top American men’s circuit has created a project aimed at premiere the stars that bring benefits to golf and to the organization including the involvement of fans and sponsors.

On the pot 40 million dollars distributed among 10 players, 8 of which will go to the champion who will have brought more results beyond the field. The chosen ones will be determined based on their “impact score”, a spokesperson for the PGA Tour tells Golfweek. With the US organization that has already distributed to players the metrics by which they will be ranked. “Their popularity in google searches” and through social networks will also be fundamental. The PGA Tour will use an algorithm to determine the final scores and to benefit, among others, could be champions, needless to say, like Tiger Woods. But also Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler, a phenomenon of popularity but in great crisis of results on the field.

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