Golf, the schedule in the first week of August

In the first week of August, the 31st of the year, the tournaments cannot be missed.

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Challenge Tour – Vierumäki Finnish Challenge
From August 4th to 7th, the Road to Mallorca champions travel to Finland at the Vierumäki Resort, PAR 72 of 6,411 meters, for the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge.

The first edition of the tournament was held at Talma Golf Course in 2001, but over the years the competition has changed course several times and only stopped in Vierumäki since 2016. About 90 minutes drive from Helsinki, in a beautiful forest setting and lakes, the Cooke Course at Vierumäki Resort will host the Finnish Challenge for the sixth time.

As one of the northernmost countries in Europe, Finland offers some unique environmental challenges for organizing a golf tournament. Due to daylight hours, the typical golf season usually lasts between May and September, with long, bright summer days to take advantage of.

Last year’s event saw Marcus Helligkilde win with a score of 23 under par, earning his first Challenge Tour title. The defending champion then picked up two more wins on the European Tour and secured the DP World Tour Card for the 2022 season.

Those attending this week’s event hope to follow in Helligkilde’s footsteps. Among the champions on the field, pundits are counting on Finland’s Kim Koivu, who won the 2018 Vierumäki Finnish Challenge and defeated Scotland’s Robert McIntyre in a playoff.

Koivu is on the field this week alongside other Finns including Oliver Lindell, Matias Honkala and Ilari Saulo. In the field, for a purse of 250,000 euros, we also find seven Azzurri: Luca Cianchetti, Giacomo Fortini, Michele Ortolani, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Federico Maccario, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli and Filippo Bergamaschi.

DP World Tour – Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale
From August 4th to 7th, world football superstar Gareth Bale will support the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor Resort, with the return of the Wales National Golf Open at the Twenty Ten Course.

Bale, who has played 100 games for Wales, is a keen golfer and after supporting the Cazoo Open in 2021, the 32-year-old will once again support this year’s event. The champions of the DP World Tour return to the UK for the 5th time, with the tournament known (at least in the past) as the Wales Open.
The tournament, played on the purpose-built Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor, has ‘only’ 22 years of history with 16 editions played.

The original Wentwood Hills course was used from 2000 to 2004, then the shorter Roman Road course was used for three years during refurbishment for the 2010 Ryder Cup. However, after the Ryder Cup, the competition returns to the most famous course and will be again this week.

Celtic Manor 2010 was the first (and so far only) course built specifically to host the Ryder Cup: several natural amphitheaters have been built for spectators and human interference with nature is evident. The champions will compete for a prize pool of $1 million and $750,000.

The defending champion is Nacho Elvira, who started the final round last year with a six-stroke lead, but fought a hard-fought final round (71 strokes) with the South African Justin Harding (65 strokes). The Spanish champions nonetheless took home the win at the first hole of the playoffs and will be there to defend their title this year.

Among the favorites is Belgian Thomas Detry, who is one of the best-placed for good reason: The 29-year-old has yet to win a singles title on the DP World Tour. This is Detry’s first appearance at Celtic Manor but the modern route should suit a modern professional.

The blues on the pitch will be: Amateur Filippo Celli. Winners of the European Amateur Championships, Francesco Laporta, Edoardo Molinari, Renato Paratore, Lorenzo Gagli and Lorenzo Scalise. We can see the tournament from August 4th to 7th on GOLFTV / DISCOVERY + and EUROSPORT with the comments of Isabella Calogero and Federico Colombo in the following program: DATA GOLFTV – Discovery Plus EUROSPORT
04 – Aug 15:30 – 21:00 17:00 – 21:00
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 – Aug 11:30 – 16:30 13:30 – 16:30
PGA Tour – Wyndham Championship
The regular season of the PGA Tour concludes with the Wyndham Championship on August 4-7, with a series of subsequent events featuring the top 125 of the FedExCup (FedExCup Playoffs).

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