In the first week of August, the 31st of the year, tournaments are not to be missed.
Challenge Tour – Finnish Vierumäki Challenge
From August 4-7, the Majorca Road Champions travel to Finland at the Vierumäki Resort, PAR 72 of 6,411 metres, for the Finnish Vierumäki Challenge.
The first edition of the tournament was held in 2001 at Talma Golf, but over the years the competition has changed its course several times, stopping only in Fierumäki since 2016. About 90 minutes drive from n Helsinki, in a beautiful setting of forests and lakes, will host the Cooke Course At the resort Vierumäki Finnish challenge for the sixth time.
Finland, one of Europe’s northernmost countries, presents unique environmental challenges to hosting a golf tournament. Due to the length of the day, the typical golf season usually runs from May to September, with long, bright summer days to take advantage of.
In last year’s event, Marcus Helligkilde won 23 under PAR, winning his first Challenge Tour title. The defending champion went on to win twice on the European Tour and was awarded the DP World ticket for the 2022 season.
Participants in this week’s event hope to follow in Helligkilde’s footsteps. Among the champions present on the field, experts are ready to bet on Finland’s Kim Koivu, who won the Finn’s Ferumaki Challenge in 2018, defeating Scotsman Robert McIntyre in the playoff.
Quevo is on the field this week alongside fellow Finns including Oliver Lindel, Matthias Honkala and Ilari Saulu. In the stadium, at a price of 250 thousand euros, there are also seven Azurians: Luca Cianchetti, Giacomo Fortini, Michele Ortolani, Jacopo Vicki Fossa, Federico Macario, Eduardo Raffaele Liparelli and Filippo Bergamci.
DP World Tour – Cazoo Open powered by Gareth Bale
From August 4-7, world soccer star Gareth Bale will support the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor Resort, with the Wales National Golf Open returning to the Twenty Ten.
Bale, who has made 100 appearances for Wales, is a loyal golfer and, after supporting the Kazu Open in 2021, the 32-year-old will support the event again this year. Thus, the DP World Tour champions return to the UK for the fifth time, and the tournament has been known (at least in the past) as the Wales Open.
Played on the purpose-built stadium for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, the tournament has “only” 22 years of history, with 16 editions played.
The original Wentwood Hills course was used from 2000 to 2004, then during the 2010 Ryder Cup renovations the shorter three-year Roman road course was used. But after the Ryder Cup, the competition is back on the more famous track and it will be the same this week.
Celtic Manor 2010 was the first (and so far only) course built specifically to host the Ryder Cup: several natural stands were laid out for spectators and human interventions in nature are evident. Champions will compete for a prize pool of 1,750,000 USD.
The defending champion is Nacho Elvira, who last year started the final round with six strokes, but was struggling (71 strokes) against South African Justin Harding (65 strokes). However, the Spanish champion pulled off a victory on his first qualifying hole and will be on the court this year to defend his title.
Among the favorites, we also find Belgium’s Thomas Dietre, among the top rankings and for good reason: the 29-year-old has yet to win a singles title on the DP World Tour. This is Dieter’s first appearance at Celtic Manor, but the modern track should fit in with the contemporary pros.
The blues on the field will be: amateur Filippo Chile. Winner of the European Amateur Championship, Francesco Laporta, Eduardo Molinari, Renato Baratore, Lorenzo Gagli and Lorenzo Scales. We will be able to watch the tournament, August 4-7 on GOLFTV / DISCOVERY + and EUROSPORT, with comments from Isabella Calogero and Federico Colombo on the following programmes: DATA GOLFTV – Discovery Plus EUROSPORT
04 – August 3:30 – 9:00 pm 5:00 – 9:00 pm
05 – August 15:30 – 21:00 17:00 – 21:00
06 – August 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
07 – August 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
PGA Tour – Wyndham Championship
The regular season of the PGA Tour will conclude with the Wyndham Championship, August 4-7, with a series of subsequent events including the FedExCup Top 125 (FedExCup Playoffs).