Renato Paratore, 23, is the sole representative of Italy in the 2020 United States Open Championship. Including the Italian golfer, 144 players will compete in the 120th edition of the annual open national championship of golf in the U.S.
Paratore was born in Rome, Italy on December 14, 1996. He made it to the quarterfinals when he competed in the 2013 Amateur Championship at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, England.
In August 2014, Paratore won gold in the men’s individual at the Summer Youth Olympics at the Zhongshan International Golf Club in Nanjing, China. He obtained his European Tour card in November 2014 and finished 26th when he made his European Tour debut at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa in December 2014.
In July 2015, the Rome native scored a four on every hole at the Open de France at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France, making him the first player in the European Tour to do so. In July 2020, he won the Betfred British Masters at the Close House Golf Club in Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England by three strokes over Rasmus Højgaard, 19, of Denmark.
Italy has yet to have a U.S. Open champion. The annual golf competition was established in 1895.
The 2020 U.S. Open will take place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020. The last time the tournament was held there was in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy, 43, of Australia won with a score of 5 over par.
Including Italy and the U.S., 27 countries from six continents are represented. The others are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand.
Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 144-player field consists entirely of exempt players. Professional golfers Daniel Chopra, 46, of Sweden and Anthony Kang, 47, of South Korea will co-host the golf tournament with former professional cricketer Jason de la Peña, 47, of England live on FOX Sports 2 from September 18-21, 2020.
The U.S. Open champions in the past five years were from the U.S. Jordan Spieth, 27, and Dustin “DJ” Johnson, 36, won in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Brooks Koepka, 30, won in 2017 and in 2018 and Gary Woodland, 36, won in 2019.