The return of Francesco Molinari. And then the presence of four of the best five players in the world. The Wells Fargo Championship, the PGA Tour golf tournament scheduled from tomorrow to Sunday (May 6-9) in Charlotte (United States), will be a big challenge.
A month after the last appearance at The Masters there is expectation for Chicco Molinari, who has slipped to 128th place in the world ranking. Major trials for the Turin-born who next week (May 13-16) will not play AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas and will prepare for the PGA Championship, second Grand Slam tournament 2021 (May 20-23 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina ) at the male level.
Not only Francesco Molinari
As for the world Top 5, only number 1, Dustin Johnson, will be missing. While Justin Thomas (# 2), Jon Rahm (# 3), Xander Schauffele (# 4) and Bryson DeChambeau (# 5) will be present. Will defend the title won in 2019 – in 2020 the competition was canceled for Covid – the American Max Homa, fresh from 6th place at the Valspar Championship.
Fifteenth in the world ranking (never so bad since 2009) will be called to redemption Rory McIlroy, winner of the tournament in 2010 and 2015. Among the past winners in the race, together with Homa and McIlroy, also Jason Day (2018), Brian Harman (2017 ), James Hahn (2016), John Bradley Holmes (2014), Rickie Fowler (2012), Lucas Glover (2011) and Sean O’Hair (2009).
Tournament for Ian Poulter who will have his 16-year-old son Luke as a caddy. While the American Brendon Todd will be absent, because he is positive for Covid. John Michael Spaun will play in his place. The Wells Fargo Championship will offer a prize pool of $ 8,100,000 (with first coin of 1,458,000).
In Italy it is possible again to organize and play golf competitions in the yellow zone. The good news was communicated in time by the Federgolf. After the one relating to the abolition of the examination of the rules, the Federation issues another circular (number 16), less surprising than the previous one but very much awaited.
Starting from April 26, 2021 it is allowed, exclusively for the territories located in the yellow zone, to carry out any sporting golf activity outdoors, in compliance with the guidelines adopted by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department for Sport.
After careful analysis of the current legislation and unless otherwise and any guidance should be provided by the Department of Sport of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, any golf sporting activity, events, demonstrations and competitions (including social and pro -am) if carried out outdoors and in compliance with the Federal Protocol.
With reference to the performance of the amateur sports activity referred to there, the use of changing rooms is prohibited unless otherwise established by the guidelines referred to in the first sentence. For the territories located in the orange and red areas, the prescriptions made with previous legislative measures remain valid and effective.
A great step forward after months of lockouts or general play. Once again it’s up to us now to respect the rules (not just those of golf) so that golf never stops.