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Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's going to compete in next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
The commitment deadline for the event is later today. When Tim Clark withdrew earlier this week and Molinari didn't soon follow with news of his own that he wouldn't replace the South African as an alternate, you had a feeling that the Italian would figure out a way to green-light his appearance at TPC Harding Park next week. "Good news, the wrist is better and with the doctors' ok I'm leaving Sunday for San Francisco!," Molinari tweeted. "MatchPlay here we come!" It was just a few days prior to Clark's WD that Molinari tweeted that he was out until mid-May with a wrist injury, but clearly he wasn't considering the possibility of sneaking into the field of 64. Remember, he needs to hit only one ball to collect FedExCup points and official earnings in the Match Play, but he's also guaranteed three matches with the new round-robin format, so we'll have to take him at his word that he's ready. Apr 24 - 11:43 AM

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Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter today that he'll be sidelined until at least the Open de España on May 14-17.

The Italian suffered a wrist injury in his first round of the Valero Texas Open. He withdrew before the second round as a result. He then placed T57 in Houston before having last week off. All seemed well until he wrote today's two tweets: "Unfortunately I won't be able to play in New Orleans next week. My wrist needs more time to heal, after consulting with the doctors ... I decided to rest for a few more weeks. I hope to be ready for the Spanish Open in 3 weeks time. Thanks for your support!" Molinari's first year with PGA TOUR membership wasn't going as hoped in the first place. He's currently T114 in FedExCup points and 122nd in earnings. Failing to qualify for the Masters for the first time in six years was a huge blow. He's 66th in the Official World Golf Ranking and not yet eligible for any of the remaining majors, World Golf Championships or THE PLAYERS. It's probably time for full-season gamers to set him free.
Apr 16 - 1:37 PM

Francesco Molinari turned in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 for his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

That wind you just felt is the collective exhale of his owners on the eve of the first major of the season. Molinari withdrew before his second round in San Antonio last week with a wrist injury. While an opening 81 probably motivated the decision, that he's back already and playing well is encouraging. He was vintage at the Golf Club of Houston today, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation. He also went 3-for-3 in scrambling but squared a three-jack bogey at the par-4 second hole. All of his conversions were inside eight-and-a-half feet, three of which for birdie. The Italian signed his card sitting seven strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 2 - 5:53 PM

Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter that he has withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open due to a wrist injury.

The Italian wrote, "I'm sorry to say I had to pull out of the @valerotxopen after a wrist injury I sustained after a few holes yesterday." He was scheduled to go off the first tee at 12:20 p.m. CT. Molinari opened with a 9-over-par 39-42=81 in the morning wave. Since he started the week outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking -- he's currently 63rd -- his only conduit to qualify for the Masters is to win the Shell Houston Open. It's a possibility that he didn't rule out in a follow-up tweet: "I hope to get better soon and be able to play in Houston next week." For the record, today's WD is his first mid-tournament in 61 PGA TOUR starts.
Mar 27 - 12:50 PM

Francesco Molinari is in the published field at the Valero Texas Open.

While not relinquishing his European Tour membership, Molinari has certainly placed his focus solely on the PGA TOUR to start 2015. He kicked it off with a T37 at the Sony Open and followed that with a T10 at Humana. His maiden visit to TPC San Antonio this week will mark his eighth straight start in the U.S. Overall, he's 5-for-7 on the season and is trending in the right direction heading into the week with a T40 in his debut at the Valspar and a T17 at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he closed strong with a pair of 69s over the weekend. The Italian isn't yet eligible for the Masters, so the pressure is on if he's going to make his sixth consecutive appearance in the season's first major.
Mar 24 - 12:16 AM

Francesco Molinari is licking his chops as he stares down PGA National's Champion Course ahead of this week's Honda Classic.

Last week's missed cut was the first for Molinari at a PGA TOUR event since the 2013 U.S. Open, spanning 18 tournaments. PGA National presents a great opportunity to bounce back as it rewards tee-to-green specialists. Gamers should not let one bad week scare them off the Italian this week.
Feb 24 - 8:59 PM

Francesco Molinari crafted a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach the 54-hole mark at 8-under 205.

Molinari began his day on the 10th hole at TPC Scottsdale with a 10'11" birdie and tacked on another at the par-5 13th. He stepped on the tee at the raucous par-3 16th and calmly landed his pitching wedge from 133 yards just past the cup and spun the ball back into the hole for an ace. The crowd went wild, throwing what appeared to be hundreds of beer cans onto the course. While things settled down at the hole, relatively speaking, the Italian didn't take his foot off the gas. He birdied the 17th, third and fifth holes to finish off a great round.
Jan 31 - 4:25 PM

Francesco Molinari tidied a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the final round of the Humana Challenge to finish the week at 19-under 269.

The Italian hit two-thirds of the greens in regulation today and converted five of those into birdies. His other two birdies came on hole outs, the first for par on the par-3 third and then again for birdie on the par-3 15th. The difference this week was La Quinta Country Club as he settled for a 1-under there while playing 18-under the rest of the tournament. Regardless, this will go in the books as a top 10 , the seventh of his PGA TOUR career.
Jan 25 - 7:31 PM

Francesco Molinari tackled PGA West's Nicklaus Private with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

The Italian took care of business today, offsetting one bogey with six birdies. He split 11 (of 14) fairways on the day and had no issues converting on that great positioning off the tee. Molinari enters Sunday at 14-under 202 and just three strokes off the leaders.
Jan 24 - 7:18 PM

Francesco Molinari toured PGA West's Palmer Private in bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 in his opening round of the Humana Challenge, good for a piece of the clubhouse lead with three others.

The Italian signed for four red numbers at Waialae last week, but settled for a share of 37th place. Obviously seeing that going even lower is the ticket in the desert, he fulfilled the objective. Molinari hit 14 greens in regulation and poured in eight birdies. The set featured conventional conversions from 16'11" and 14'3" at the third and eighth holes, respectively. He also circled a zero-putt five-yarder from the fringe at 7. A bonus to today's success is that he equaled his career low on the PGA TOUR. The first-time member is making his 55th start, but his first in this tournament. Look for him at La Quinta Country Club in the second round.
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM

Francesco Molinari turns his attention to Waialae Country Club as he preps for his debut at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Molinari will be making his 2014-15 PGA TOUR debut this week. The Italian teed it up nine times overseas since his T24 at the Wyndham Championship, collecting top 25s in six of those starts. Gamers should have plenty of opportunities to invest this year now that Molinari is playing with TOUR status for the first time in his career.
Jan 12 - 10:44 PM

Francesco Molinari finished tied for 25th place at the Turkish Airlines Open and now turns his attention to Jumeirah Golf Estates for the DP World Tour Championship.

Molinari will play with PGA TOUR status for the first time in his career during the 2014-15 season, but first must finish his business overseas. After collecting enough non-member FedExCup points, Molinari safely earned his TOUR card. The Italian did so via seven top 25s in 12 attempts, all played against strong fields. One things gamers should watch for this year is how Molinari fares versus second-tier fields, should he choose to enter some additional events this year.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Francesco Molinari has accepted PGA TOUR membership for the first time.

The 31-year-old Italian has turned down fully exempt status on multiple occasions, including after winning the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in 2010, a title that counts as an official win on the PGA TOUR. It's a mystery as to why this time is different, but he offered a signal in June when he accepted Special Temporary Membership. Molinari collected 550 non-member FedExCup points in 12 starts. That would have been good for 99th among members, thus giving him the option to accept membership once again. He's cashed in 15 consecutive starts on TOUR and makes for a dandy investment in all formats as he's no stranger to the U.S. and many of the courses he'll see in 2014-15.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 12:33:00 AM

Francesco Molinari opened the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational with a 3-under-par 33-34=67, finishing two strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead.

Molinari arrives following a T15 at The Open Championship. This is his fifth consecutive appearance at Firestone where he's found only one top 35 (T15, 2011). Today's walk around Firestone was vintage. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, trading four birdies with one bogey along the way. His longest conversion disappeared for birdie from 51'10" at the par-3 15th, but the Italian also holed a 23-footer for par at the par-4 13th where he got up and down from a sight-sided lie behind a bunker in the rough. It went unreported in mid-June, but Molinari accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR. He's been eligible to accept fully exempt status in the past, so perhaps it's an indication that he'll do just that in 2014-15 if he finishes inside the top 125 in non-member FedExCup points or earnings.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Francesco Molinari crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of The Open Championship to end his week at 8-under 280.

The Italian played in the final threesome on Saturday, but suffered a third-round 75. His bounce-back round featured three birdies over his first 17 holes and a lengthy eagle after finding the green in two on the par-5 18th. While he didn't handle the heat of contention well this week, he demonstrated that links golf, and Hoylake in particular, is a solid fit for his game.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 11:01:00 AM