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Francesco Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 159

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After an 0-2-0 start to his week in Austin, Texas, Francesco Molinari has withdrawn from this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, citing a wrist injury. UPDATE: Molinari returned to action at the 81st Masters and recorded rounds of 78-72-71-72=293 (+5), good for a T33 finish.
The Italian swallowed four bogeys in his match today against Thongchai Jaidee. The Thai would go onto to win 5-and-3 to eliminate Molinari. The Italian could have played spoiler in his final match of group play but instead called it quits, citing a wrist injury. With this WD, 8th-seeded Alex Noren will advanced out of Group 8 with a 3-0-0 record with a free win gifted to him tomorrow. Mar 23 - 4:18 PM

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World No. 33 Francesco Molinari carded a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to post 7-under 281, up seven spots to T8 with play still in progress.

This was the 34-year-old's fifth appearance, fifth cash, fourth straight top 25 and third top 10. His best is T5 in 2014 (67-70-69-73). After kicking off in 70-68-74, the Italian began on 4-under (T15), seven adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. He squared a couple of bogey-4s at Nos. 2 and 14, overshadowed by two conventional birdies, a 20-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 11, and an eagle at the par-5 16th from 22'6" that concluded his scoring. Molinari peppered 12 (of 14) fairways and conjured just seven greens in regulation, losing 1.095 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 3.366 around-the-green. This was his eighth start of the season, seventh top 25 and third top 10 with a season-best T4 at the Shriners, buoyed by a career-TOUR-low 61 in R4.
Mar 19 - 5:18 PM

Francesco Molinari kept his foot on the gas in round two of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, piecing together a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 6-under 138 after two days.

The Italian went out early on Thursday morning and was one of the few to record a low round in the chilly conditions. Playing in much warmer conditions today, Molinari kept a clean card by gaining 3.722 strokes approaching-the-green. His fairways (11/14) and GIR (14) were identical to yesterday's round, he just did a better job of avoiding the bogeys today. The Italian will find himself inside the top 10 as he tees off on Saturday.
Mar 17 - 5:30 PM

Francesco Molinari made early waves at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, posting a 2-under-par 33-37=70 during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Italian enjoyed his first lap around Bay Hill this week, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. He opened with four birdies on his outward nine to offset a lone bogey that came as a result of a three-putt at the par-3 seventh. He rebounded with the flat stick at the following hole by draining a 37'11" birdie bomb. After the turn, he splashed home another bomb, this time from 33'3" at the par-4 11th, moving him to 4-under and sole possession of first place. Molinari would swallow two bogeys on his way into the clubhouse, but this is still a very strong start, considering the difficulty of the course this morning under flat-out cold conditions. With three top 20s already on his API resume, Molinari could be here for the long haul this week.
Mar 16 - 12:48 PM

World No. 34 Francesco Molinari smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in today's final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship to conclude on 5-under 279, up 18 places to T20 with play still in progress, tying the low round in the clubhouse with Paul Casey and posted just the fifth blemish-free lap of the week and the ONLY one in R4. UPDATE: With play completed, Molinari finished T20 with Ross Fisher and Brandt Snedeker posting the low rounds with 65s.

While the tournament's debut in Mexico City, this was the 34-year-old's sixth appearance and sixth finish inside the top 30. His best is T3 in 2011 and the then-named TPC Blue Monster. Overall, the Italian was playing his 24th WGC with four prior top 10s, including a win at the 2010 HSBC Champions when it was an unofficial event on the PGA TOUR but an official event on the European Tour. After opening in 71-72-70, he began on even-par (T38). The London, England, resident landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, circling birdies at Nos. 3, 5, 11, 15 and 18, posting 1.583 putts per GIR and gaining 4.647 strokes tee-to-green. For the week he carded 18 birdies versus 13 bogeys and is currently 12th in SG: TTG though T45 in SG: Putting with a cumulative -0.860.
Mar 5 - 3:37 PM

World No. 32 Francesco Molinari smoothed a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of The Honda Classic to reach 6-under 204, up nine spots into a 12-way T8, seven back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.

The 34-year-old orchestrated just the third blemish-free lap of round 3 -- and sixth of the tourney. He joined forces with Fowler, who shot 65, and Brandon Hagy, who tied the low lap of the week with 64. After opening in 68-69, the Italian began the day T17 on 3-under, six shy of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.107 strokes tee-to-green. Molinari's three birdies came at Nos. 8 (from 18 feet), 12 and 17, both 9-footers, posting 1.786 putts per GIR, 0.507 SG: Putting and 29 putts total. His longest par-saver was from 7'7" at the par-4 first.
Feb 25 - 7:03 PM

Francesco Molinari hopes the third time is the charm as he readies for this week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Italian missed the cut in his 2015 Honda debut. He returned last year and made small progress, posting his first red number (2-under 68 in R2) en route to a T65 by week's end. The problem areas have been approach and around-the-green play. In six rounds he's lost 3.78 total strokes approaching-the-green and 3.12 total strokes around-the-green while gaining strokes off-the-tee as well as putting. World No. 32 arrives fresh off a missed cut at the Genesis Open but had six straight top 15s worldwide before that.
Feb 22 - 2:25 PM

World No. 33 Francesco Molinari crafted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up on 13-under 275, up 18 places to T14 with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old, idle since a T4 at the DP World Tour Championship 11 weeks ago, was making his third straight appearance with a best of T10 on debut in 2015. He began the final round on 8-under (T32) after kicking off in 69-73-66. The Italian was bogey-free 6-under thru 15 holes, highlighted by a hole-out eagle-2 at the seventh (from 94 yards away), before a bogey-6 at the 16th completed his scoring. He hit all 14 fairways and is currently No. 1 in that stat at 87.50 percent (49/56).
Jan 22 - 3:53 PM

Italy and Francesco Molinari will be looking for a second World Cup of Golf title at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia this week.

There are plenty of hot golfers around the world currently and Molinari, winner of this event with his brother Edoardo in 2009, is right up there with the best. Since missing the weekend at The Barclays he underwent some coaching and has since notched 1-T6-T4-T4 with not one round worse than 70 in 16 laps, 12 of them sub-70. Toss in a T8 in this event at Royal Melbourne in 2013 (with an odd series of 75-67-66-75) and he looks set for another good week. The key for team success is exactly how Matteo Manassero is playing. That week in 2013 saw the youngster (for amazingly he is still just 23) log 76-74-76-74 for T58, ending hopes in the team event. Manassero is not so bad playing in fast conditions with his long game (his victory in the BMW PGA Championship somewhat backs this up, his third in the Scottish Open this year too), but quick greens will test his currently very fragile putting stroke (he's averaged less than 30 putts per round just four times in 2016).
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 05:50:00 AM

Francesco Molinari constructed a 2-under-par 36-34=70 to end the 2016 DP World Tour Championship T4 on 13-under 275, four shots behind the winner Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The Italian was also T4 on The Earth Course 12 months ago - indeed, he now owns four top six finishes at the Jumeirah Golf Estates venue. It also continued a remarkable run of four results that has seen him win the Italian Open, finish T6 in the WGC-HSBC Champions and T4 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children's Open. A front nine with two bogeys and two birdies left him with too much to do on the way home, but he confirmed the fine finish with birdies at 11 and 14.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:03:00 AM

Francesco Molinari tacked on a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to his opening 68 and joined Sergio Garcia at the top of the leaderboard on 9-under 135 after 36 holes of the season-closing DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The pair lead by a shot from Lee Westwood while it's a further stroke back to Tyrrell Hatton, Bernd Wiesberger, Charl Schwartzel and Joost Luiten. For the second straight day, Molinari scribbled six birdies on his scorecard although he reduced his bogey count to just one. His first red number came at 2 before he continued his climb with circles at 4 and 7. After a dropped shot at 10 halted his momentum, the Italian surged again by connecting a trio of birdies from Nos. 14-16. Having made birdie at every par 5 so far this week, another would have given him the outright lead but he had to settle for his par at the 567-yard 18th. No matter, managers who picked the 34-year-old due to converging trends (he was T4 here last year and T4 in Las Vegas on his latest start) will feel vindicated so far. "I'm happy. It was another good day," said Molinari. "It's very early, obviously, but it's nice to keep building a nice good round after good round."
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 08:06:00 AM

Francesco Molinari hung up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, pulling up just one short of the lead after a walk-off birdie.

That '4' at the Earth Course's final hole completed a set of birdies at the par 5s. Along with those par breakers at 2, 7, 14 and 18, the Italian added circles at 3 and 9. He gave two shots back with bogeys on the par 3s at 6 and 17. Molinari's last competitive round was a career-low 61 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. That gave him a tie for fourth, the exact same position he managed in this event last year after a closing 68. Molinari has only beaten today's 67 once (R4 65 in 2012) in 28 previous rounds at the European Tour's finale. That said, it's now the seventh time in eight laps he's shot in the 60s here so it's fair to expect further progress as the week goes on. Overall, he has three top six finishes at the Earth Course. Right now, he's T4 on the live leaderboard.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 06:22:00 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 37 Francesco Molinari fired a bogey-free 10-under-par 30-31=61 in today's final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to conclude his tournament debut on 16-under 268, up 44 places to T2 and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Molinari finished in a three-way T4, four shy of champion Rod Pampling.

The 33-year-old celebrated his birthday two days early (Nov. 8th) with the day's low round in the house and a career low in his 293rd career round (previously 64 three times). After opening in 70-68, he was T46 at the midpoint, one inside the cut line, and stayed in that position with a third-round 69. The Italian, who finished 111th in the FedExCup standings last season, striped 13 (of 14) fairways and peppered 17 greens in regulation, posting 5.147 SG: Tee-to-Green. He kicked off his scoring with an hole-out eagle-2 at the 11th from 124 yards away and threw eight birdies on top of it, four of which traveled greater than 10 feet with a long of 25'6" at the par-4 second. Molinari's stats on the greens show 1.471 putts per GIR and 3.319 SG: Putting.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Past champ Francesco Molinari managed a 2-under-par 35-35=70 during the finale of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to finish the week in a share of sixth place on 14-under 274.

The Italian maintained his usual strategy of fairways-and-greens golf. Today, he split 12 fairways, striping 45-of-56 on the week, good for T2 in the field. The accuracy helped set up easy approach shots as well, leading to 51 greens in regulation, good for T17 in the field. This wasn't Molinari's first taste of success at Sheshan Internationl as he finished T10 during his 2009 debut and hoisted the trophy after the 2010 edition, making this his third top 10 in six tries.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 08:48:00 AM

Francesco Molinari plotted a smart route around Sheshan International GC to card 4-under-par 33-35=68 and hit the 54-hole stage of the WGC-HSBC Champions on 12-under 204, tied fourth and five behind the lead.

The Italian burst from the blocks Saturday, posting three consecutive birdies at 1, 2 and 3 before settling in with six pars to follow. A dropped shot at No. 10 waas recovered at the 12th before he played a smart approach at the final hole to set up an 8'0" birdie chance he took to give himself an outside chance of catching the leader Hideki Matsuyama and winning the title for a second time (the first was six years ago). Is there any siilarity between now and 2010? His performance on the greens. Normally the weakest part of his game, he ranked 2nd for Putts per GIR that year on 1.57; this year he is again ranked 2nd on 1.56. He holed from outside 20'0" at both 1 and 3 to prove the point that he's reading the greens well. But he needs to be strong on the putting surface because unusually he's not finding as many of them as usual (36-from-54, T32).
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 04:37:00 AM