North West of Ireland Open Enters Third Year


While most of Europes big names will be in America this week for the PGA Championship, the European Tour travels to Ireland and the Slieve Russell Hotel Golf and Country Club for the third playing of the North West of Ireland Open.
Won by Italians Costantino Rocca (99) and Massimo Scarpa (00) in the last two years, Italy will be once again represented by 10 players in the edition.
One of those is Scarpa himself, who finished at 13-under 275 last year for a one-shot victory over Mikael Lundberg and Andrew Beal.
This year, the 31-year-old has not done particularly well. In 20 starts, he has either missed the cut or withdrawn nine times.
He has recorded one top-10 finish this season, however, and it was a good one, as he ended third at the Madeira Island Open.
He will be hoping for another solid showing this week.
The North West of Ireland Open is a bit different than the average tournament on the tour, in that it is a double badge event, with the contestants split between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour.
So, while the names may be a bit unfamiliar to most, it should provide a great opportunity for some to prove themselves in a larger arena.