From The Open to the Evian Championship. From men’s to women’s golf. It is Major time for the queens of the “green” who in France, from 22 to 25 July, will compete not only for the trophy but also for a total prize money of 4,500,000 dollars (of which 675,000 will go to the winner). In Evian-les-Bains there will be 126 players on the field, representing 27 countries. Fourth event of the 2021 Grand Slam, The Amundi Evian Championship returns to the protagonist after the cancellation for Covid in 2020. In the field practically all the best projects in the world, starting from the top five: Nelly Korda (number 1), Jin Young Ko ( second, who will defend the title won in 2019), Inbee Park (third, who scored in 2012, a year before the tournament was recognized as a Major), Sei Young Kim (fourth) and Hyo-Joo Kim.
Evian Championship, Nelly Korda
After the third place at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (her best career result in a Grand Slam event), arriving before the last two outings on the LPGA Tour, Giulia Molinaro dreams of a prestigious result, the only Italian in the race, who together to Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso she will represent Italgolf in the women’s individual competition at the Tokyo Games scheduled from 4 to 7 August. First the Evian Championship, then head to the Olympics. The champions of the green are expected from a period of key appointments.
Now it’s official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time – for the men’s individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club – from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021. Renato Paratore is ready in his place.
“I’m trying to find the right words, but I can’t find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world. For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future “. Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus). And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn’t found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour).
Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore. That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.