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Francesco Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 159

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Francesco Molinari danced around the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, carding a sparkling 7-under-par 33-32=65 which vaulted him into T5 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on 3-under 213.
For two days it had been a reward-free grind for the Italian as he could find only five birdies to make up for nine bogeys yet everything changed on Saturday. He made not one error and between the fifth and the 16th holes he made seven birdies. There were three pairs of red numbers, at 5 and 6, 9 and 10, then 13 and 14 before the final tick at 16. Twelve months ago he played the first 36 holes in 4-over, the second in 8-under. He's on track to improve on that this year. He won the 2012 Open de Espana from four back after 54 holes so will aim to go one better on Sunday as he currently lies five back of the potentially vulnerable leader Scott Jamieson. Sat, Nov 11, 2017 09:23:00 AM

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Francesco Molinari took victory in the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions in China and slots in at eighth on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week's edition at Sheshan International.

The win seven years ago helped Molinari end the campaign in a career-best fifth spot on the RTD but he could challenge or better that given the significant purses here and at the final three events of the season. The Ryder Cup star returns on the back of T6 in defense of his Italian Open title earlier this month while his T2 at the PGA Championship, his best finish in the majors, is still fresh in the memory. One other key to Molinari's chances this week is how well he performs on the greens at Sheshan. Never a strong suit normally, he topped the Putts Per Round stats when winning in 2010 and three other appearances in the PPR standings there have helped him build course form of 9-10-1-23-21-6.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 08:37:00 AM

Defending champion Francesco Molinari remains in contention for back-to-back Italian Open titles thanks to a five-under-par 33-33=66 to move to 15-under at Golf Club Milano, which has him poised to strike at T2 heading into Sunday.

Molinari, who came out on top following a duel with Danny Willett last year having also won his national title in 2006, exuded tee-to-green control in a stress-free round which ended with a long-range two-putt at the tricky 18th hole. A closing par from leader Matt Wallace means Molinari will start the final round two behind as he seeks to become the first man to successfully defend this title since it became a sanctioned European Tour event. A victory would also see Molinari close in on his career-high world ranking of 14th, from his current perch of 18th.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Francesco Molinari's hopes of defending his Italian Open title at Golf Club Milano remain on track after the local hero added a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to his opening 64 to reach 10-under 132 at the 36-hole mark.

He'll head into second half of the tournament in solo fifth and only three behind leaders Marcus Fraser and Matt Wallace. Last year's winner had nine birdies in Thursday's lap and added six more today. They came at 2, 8 and 9 on his front nine and in a burst of three at 13, 14 and 15 on the back. To the frustration of his home galleries, he also swallowed bogeys at 3, 10 and 17 and it's those mistakes (he has five squares so far) that are threatening to halt his defense. He said: "It wasn't easy but everyone was obviously willing me to do well and I tried to stay calm and stay in my own bubble. I did that pretty well. So yeah, a different day than yesterday obviously. Things didn't come as easy as yesterday but I fought well. I hit some good golf shots and I want to do better tomorrow."
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Local hero and defending champion Francesco Molinari provided plenty of thrills for his home crowd by shooting a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in his first round at the Italian Open, good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead.

Molinari shot 22-under to win by a shot last year and today's opening lap at Golf Club Milano was a stroke better than his opening 65 which paved the way for victory. The Italian started his day at 10 and followed birdie at 11 with three straight numbers at 14, 15 and 16. A chip-in birdie secured another red number at 18 and he almost holed out for bunker for eagle at the first. That tap-in circle was followed by another at 2 and he took his birdie count to nine with further gains at 6 and 9, the latter earning him a share of the lead with Kiradech Aphibarnat, Alexader Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson. There were two bogeys on his card also after he failed to get up and down at 3 and 8 but Molinari is nicely in position to try and win this tournament for a third time.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 08:14:00 AM

Two-time Italian Open champion Francesco Molinari will defend his 2016 title at the Golf Club Milano in Parco Reale di Monza this week.

Reflecting on his win last year, Molinari told the New York Times this week: "The long game can take you only so far. You can be in contention and have good finishes more often than other people, but when it comes to crunch time you have to make the putts at the right time." We didn't need telling but, in other words, he knows what we all see: he's supreme tee to green, but needs a good week on the greens to make the most of it. He's missed just one of his home Opens this century and collected 11 top 25s, with five top tens (including the pair of wins). Twice he has been second heading into the final round without winning. In six of his last seven starts he has been ranked T7 or better after 18 holes. He loves the tournament basically. Form? Second in the PGA Championship (a first major top five) and T12 in the BMW Championship on his last start.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 08:07:00 AM

Francesco Molinari soared up the leaderboard in round two of the BMW Championship, firing a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 to position himself inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard at 9-under 133.

The Italian split just five (of 14) fairways and lost 2.019 strokes approaching-the-green but still managed a clean card. It was stellar short game that did the trick, splahing home a trio of putts from the 9-to-11 foot range in addition to a 34'6" hole out for birdie at the par-5 8th. Playing in his second FedExCup Playoffs, Molinari is making his course (and tournament) debut at Conway Farms but having no troubles learning the ropes. Opening the week ranked 42nd in the FEC standings, he'll need to keep his foot on the gas for two more days.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 03:19:00 PM

World No. 21 Francesco Molinari painted a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the 99th PGA Championship to reach 6-under 278, up two places on the live leaderboard to solo 5th, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead and matching the low round of the day thus far with three others. UPDATE: With play completed, Molinari finished a career-TOUR-best T2, two back of champion Justin Thomas..

After kicking off in 73-64-74, the 34-year-old began T7 on 2-under, five back of 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner. Playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.178 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.813 tee-to-green. The Italian squared two bogeys at Nos. 10 (3-putt from 35'0") and 16, offset by six birdies at 1, 7, 11, 12, 14 and 15, three from between 10 and 16 feet, adding a 27-footer from off the green at the par-5 15th. He posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.971 SG: Putting, taking 26 total putts. This was Molinari's ninth PGA, third top 25 and second top 10 (T10 in 2009 debut). Overall, it was his 33rd major and third top 10, eclipsing a previous-best T9 at the 2013 Open (Muirfield).
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 06:18:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 21 Francesco Molinari enjoyed a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the second round of the 99th PGA Championship to reach halftime on 5-under 137, up 40 places on the leaderboard to T4 and matching 36-hole co-clubhouse leader Hideki Matsuyama/R2 with the low lap of the week thus far.

The 34-year-old is three shy of Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner with R2 play on Friday suspended due to darkness. He kicked off with a one-birdie three-bogey 73 and went nine swings better on Day 2. The Italian striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.683 strokes off-the-tee and 1.737 approaching-the-green. He circled five at holes 10, 11, 14, 18 and 8, three from between 10 and 13 feet, adding a pitch-in eagle-3 at 7 from 53'6" away. The London resident posted a stellar 1.462 putts per GIR and 3.765 SG: Putting, needing just 24 total putts.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 08:30:00 PM

World No. 21 Francesco Molinari does battle in his ninth consecutive PGA Championship and arrives at 39th in the FedExCup standings.

The 34-year-old is a perfect 8-for-8 in the season's final major with two top 25s. The most recent was T22 last year and the first was a T10 on debut in 2009 (Hazeltine). Overall, it's his 33rd major appearance with seven prior top 25s and two top 10s, with a best of T9 at the 2013 Open (Muirfield). The Italian posted a T33 at the Masters back in April and MC'd the U.S. Open and The Open. He's 14-for-17 on the season with 12 top 25s and four top 10s, highlighted by a T6 at THE PLAYERS and a seson-best T4 at the Shriners. He arrives off a T24 at the WGC-Bridgestone (71-73-69-65).
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 06:49:00 PM

Francesco Molinari secured the best Wentworth finish of his career with a final round of 4-under-par 34-34=68 for a total of 9-under 279, two behind the BMW PGA Championship winner Alex Noren.

In truth the Italian was rarely in contention as initially the pre-round leaders, and then the fast finishing Noren, zoomed ahead of Molinari who drove a Ford on a day when everyone else was in a Ferrari. That said, he outlasted them all bar the champion. On the front nine he made bogey-5 at the third before recovering with birdies at 4 and 8. On the return home he was flawless whilst ticking 12, 17 and 18. The result is his fifth top ten on the West Course in six years, but betters his T5 in 2015.
Sun, May 28, 2017 01:58:00 PM

Francesco Molinari had to settle for a 2-over-par 36-38=74 in round three of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but, on a day of tough scoring, the damage done to his title bid was reduced and he'll still have a good chance of lifting the trophy Sunday.

Starting the day as one of the three joint leaders, the Italian ended it in tied third on 5-under 211, three swings behind new pacesetter Andrew Dodt. A three-putt bogey at the opening hole set the tone for a frustrating day and, despite battling hard, further shots went at 11 and 15. As birdie chances continued to be passed up, Molinari looked set to go the full 18 holes without a circle on his card but he finally found one at 17 to close the gap on Dodt. A closing par secured him a place in Sunday's penultimate two-ball alongside Lee Westwood.
Sat, May 27, 2017 12:49:00 PM

A short missed putt for eagle at the final hole cost Francesco Molinari the sole clubhouse lead after 36 holes of the BMW PGA Championship; his 2-under-par 36-34=70 gave him a halfway total of 7-under 137.

The early signs were not good for the Italian who has a base near to the Surrey course. He made bogey at the 3rd and 5th, with a birdie in between at the 4th. But the back nine was a much smarter affair, as he ticked the 13th, 17th and 18th, the latter after he left a 8'0" eagle putt in the jaws of the hole. In his first six visits to the West Course he never finished better than T17. Since then he has four top tens in five starts. He's twice had a solo lead at halfway (in 2013 and 2015), but is yet to finish better than T5. He shares the lead with Scott Jamieson and Thomas Pieters, with two and a half hours play remaining after he signed his card.
Fri, May 26, 2017 12:50:00 PM

The changes to Wentworth made little difference to Francesco Molinari as the course horse tied the first-round clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship in England with a 5-under-par 34-33=67.

Molinari joined early pacesetters Scott Jamieson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat thanks to a pair of closing birdies at the revamped West Course, making the surprise of an opening bogey a distant memory. The Italian recovered from that dropped shot at No. 1 with a circle at 4 and added another birdie at 8 to turn in 1-under. After a pair of pars to start the back nine, he accelerated with red numbers at 12 and 13 and made it a three-way tie at the top with a 4-4 finale on the par 5s at 17 and 18. Molinari was a hugely popular pick with gamers this week due to some eye-catching converging trends. He was T6 in the PLAYERS Championship on his last start and has made the top 10 in four of his last five visits to Wentworth.
Thu, May 25, 2017 07:55:00 AM

World No. 34 Franceso Molinari steadied a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to conclude on 5-under 283, up four places to T6, five back of champion Si Woo Kim.

This was the 34-year-old's seventh appearance and fourth top 10, third consecutive, matching his best of T6 in 2014. It's his 10th top 25 of the season in 13 starts and fourth top 10. After opening in 69-74-69, the Italian began T10 on 4-under, five shy of 54-hole co-leaders J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.645 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 1.522 around-the-green. Molinari slightly outpaced two bogeys at 5 and 9 with three birdies at 2, 6 and 11, posting a pedestrian 1.923 putts per GIR and 32 putts total, though he did save par twice from between nine and 18 feet. For the week, he totaled 18 birdies versus 13 bogeys.
Sun, May 14, 2017 08:58:00 PM