The Rocco Forte Sicilian Open 2018
The following year, the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open cemented its place as one of the most beautiful and entertaining golf tournaments in the world. The competition was, once again, heated: famed golf aficionados flocked to Verdura’s Mediterranean-backdropped fairways, with personalities such as European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, defending champion Alvaro Quirós and 2014 European Ryder Cup star Andy Sullivan competing for the grand prize.
Near the tournament’s close, none of the favourites were left standing. Finally, it was Joakim Lagergren who claimed the coveted trophy, his first and only European Tour win. The Swede secured his maiden victory on the European Tour with a birdie by holing an astonishing eight-foot putt on the first extra hole of a play-off with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera.
In their own words
After receiving his prize from Sir Rocco Forte, Lagergren effused about the idyllic surrounds. “I love this place,” the ecstatic Swede said. “The golf course is awesome and you get a view over the Mediterranean on nearly every hole.”
“The course we played was in awesome condition. The greens are really good and these are probably the best fairways that we have played all year. The Verdura Resort is world class. Can’t wait to come back!”