Lindt Italia, the Italian arm of the premium Swiss chocolatier, has been named as the new title sponsor of the 70th Open de Italia, which takes place from September 19-22.
The 70th Open de Italia Lindt will take place at Golf Club Torino, the home club of the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco.
Fabrizio Parini, CEO of Lindt Italia, said: “Lindt Italia has chosen to sponsor the 70th Italian Open because we share completely golf’s values, which are synonymous with tradition, history and excellence. For 160 years our company has been recognised for the very high quality of its chocolate created every day with passion by our Maître Chocolatier, the same passion which inspires all those who chose golf as a life style.”
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lindt Italia as title sponsors of the Open de Italia for this special 70th anniversary edition of the tournament.
“Italian golf is in the middle of an unprecedented period of success, through the accomplishments of players such as the Molinari brothers Francesco and Edoardo, and Matteo Manassero, who won our flagship event at Wentworth. The Open de Italia is an important part of this and having Lindt on board as title sponsor is an important boost for this prestigious event.”
Franco Chimenti, President of the Italian Golf Federation, added: “To have as title sponsor such as Lindt, who are an important group, is a further confirmation of the strong promotional impact of our national Open.”
Lindt joins several other famous companies which are also sponsoring the event, including Rolex the world famous watch company; Regione Piemonte, the regional tourism promoter; and Lavazza, the leading coffee producers; and Golf Club Golf Torino..
Other event sponsors are: Pininfarina, Genworth , BNL and Diasorin. Official Car: Jaguar. Official Carrier: Italo. Title Sponsor of the Pro-Am: Mario Mele & Partners. Official Champagne: Laurent Perrier. Media Partner: Sky, QN e RTL.
The tournament suppliers are: Acqua Eva, Aon, Canon, Carlo Fiori, Follador Vino, Maui Jim, Moving car, Peviani, Robe di Kappa, Titleist, + Energia
Last year Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño won the €1.5 million title, carding a final round of eight under par 64 to capture the sixth European Tour victory of his career.