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Boosted by a hole-in-one at the 6th, Francesco Molinari carded a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and climbed seven spots to finish T4.
Molinari claimed the first ace of the week at the Earth course by draining his tee shot from 170 yards to snap a run of five opening pars. The Italian dipped with bogeys at 9 and 12 to return to even par for the round but finished with four birdies in his final six holes to finish at 13-under 275 and jump into the top five. This represents Molinari's second best finish this season from 13 starts in Europe and it's his first worldwide top 10 since July's Open de France. He'll hope it can kickstart a climb up the world rankings having dropped to 68 at the start of this week. Nov 22 - 7:43 AM

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Francesco Molinari authored a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round at the DP World Tour Championship and is just one off the clubhouse lead.

It was smooth progress for the Italian at Jumeirah Golf Estates today as he hit all 14 fairways and posted birdies at 2, 5, 11, 13 and 15. In fact, he had a 20-foot putt to tie Marcus Fraser at the top but it somehow hung on the lip. Molinari has twice finished sixth in this tournament and has four top 16s in all. However, a closing 65 in 2012 is the only time he's shot lower than today's 67. The former Ryder Cup star hit 16 greens in regulation and was 2-for-2 in scrambling.
Nov 19 - 4:44 AM

Francesco Molinari has played in every DP World Tour Championship and will maintain that streak in Dubai this week.

The Italian has enjoyed some decent success at the Earth course, twice finishing in the top six and adding a fourth top 20 last year when T16. Due to splitting his time between Europe and America, Molinari will be teeing it up for just the 14th time on the ET this season. Only once had he dipped below 25 starts in the previous 10 years. As a result, he's only 43rd on the Race to Dubai and set to miss out on the top 40 for the first time since 2007. Don't rule out one big last push though as he likes the course and shot four under par rounds when T17 in last week's BMW Masters.
Nov 17 - 3:33 AM

Francesco Molinari authored a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in round two of the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China and remains T9 with 36 holes to play.

Despite holding his position on the leaderboard, Molinari may feel he missed the chance to creep closer to top spot after splitting all 14 fairways on Friday. After hitting 15 greens in regulation, he converted birdie chances at 1, 2, 7, 10, 15 and 16 but he also swallowed bogeys at 6, 9, 13 and 18. The Italian came to rest at 6-under 138 at the midpoint and that's six shots behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard although within three of second-placed Thongchai Jaidee and Sergio Garcia.
Nov 13 - 4:48 AM

Local hero Francesco Molinari launched his title bid at the Open d'Italia with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in round one.

That's just two swings behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts and puts him T2 on the live leaderboard alongside India's Shiv Kapur. Molinari won this event in 2006 and has only finished outside the top 20 twice since then so is used to handling the pressure of being home favorite. Today, he picked off birdies at 12, 14, 16 and 17 to turn in 32 and added another at No. 4 before dropping his only shot of the day at the next. However, the Italian finished with three straight birdies to put himself in great position to hoist the trophy again. Let's not forget that this his first start since the PGA Championship and the birth of his second child.
Sep 17 - 7:31 AM

Francesco Molinari is included in the preliminary field of the Italian Open scheduled for Sept. 17-20.

This was the assumption when he elected not to compete at this week's Barclays the week after the birth of his second child. Molinari won the 2006 edition of the Italian Open but on a different host track at this year's. He's currently 32nd in the Race to Dubai standings.
Aug 28 - 8:46 PM

Francesco Molinari has decided not to compete in next week's Barclays.

Molinari's second child was midweek, so he's opted to be with his family. This was the first time that he was eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs, but he's not guaranteed to advance. The Italian is currently 94th in the points and likely to drop a bit when the results of the Wyndham Championship are plugged in. And since he's not in any of the preliminary fields for the next three stops on the European Tour, it's likely that he wouldn't return to competition until the Italian Open on Sept. 17.
Aug 22 - 2:41 PM

Francesco Molinari carded a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in his opening round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Molinari, who was T3 at the Memorial on his last visit to Ohio, circled four birdies against three bogeys on his opening lap at Firestone CC and sits just one shot behind clubhouse leader Victor Dubuisson. The Italian converted three of his four par breakers from inside 8 feet, his birdies coming at 10, 16, 1 and 2. The Ryder Cup star also opened with a 69 last year so will hope to perform better over the next 54 holes this time after falling away to T31 in 2014.
Aug 6 - 2:22 PM

Francesco Molinari returns to the United States for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

The Italian's last visit to Ohio resulted in a third place at Memorial two months ago so he'll hope to carry that form to Firestone CC where he hasn't been able to crack the top 10 in five previous starts. The Ryder Cup star did close 64-68-69 in the 2011 event but an opening 73 restricted him to an eventual T15 finish. Molinari shot a final-round 67 at St. Andrews on his last start and before that was T6 in the Open de France. He's currently 33rd on the Race To Dubai.
Aug 5 - 9:25 AM

Francesco Molinari toured Le Golf National in 2-under-par 36-33=69 to post 3-under 138 at the midpoint.

The Italian is a two-time runner-up in this event and has put himself in position to challenge for the title again with a solid first 36 holes that leave him just a single stroke behind current halfway leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Molinari wobbled briefly today after following a birdie at 14 with bogeys at 15 and 17 but he got to work again on his second nine, circling par breakers at 1, 5 and 9. He's split 21 (of 28) fairways so far on the fast-running par 71 but hasn't scrambled as well as some of his leaderboard rivals so far (6-for-11). He started the week as the bookmakers' favorite and hasn't lost that position.
Jul 3 - 8:22 AM

Francesco Molinari will hope to make another title push at this week's Alstom Open de France -- when he eventually gets there.

The Italian chose to travel by train from his London base to Paris on Tuesday morning but never got there after it was turned back due to striking French ferry workers blocking Eurotunnel traffic between France and the UK for the second time in a week. In a series of amusing tweets, the Italian relayed his travel woes to followers and even speculated about going by boat if there were air strikes. As a two-time runner-up at Le Golf National (2010 and 2012), in-form Molinari is the bookmakers' favorite for victory this week and also a lock for many fantasy managers. While the disruptions aren't welcome, he's played at this venue 10 times previously so a missed day of practice shouldn't inconvenience the Ryder Cup star, who followed up some impressive European Tour form with a T27 at Chambers Bay and a T25 in Sunday's Travelers Championship.
Jun 30 - 6:38 PM

Francesco Molinari arrived at the break of the Travelers Championship in 7-under-par 67-66=133 and sits just four shots off Bubba Watson's 36-hole lead.

The Italian is making his first appearance at TPC River Highlands, but he's debuted on multiple tracks this season in his first as a PGA TOUR member. He's also been playing some great golf of late, evident with three top fives in his last five starts worldwide. Thus far this week, Molinari has connected for an eagle (from 15'8" at the drivable, par-4 15th hole today) and seven birdies. His longest conventional conversion in the second round disappeared for par from 12'11" at the par-3 16th. He was the last of 15 to complete the second round inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Jun 26 - 7:25 PM

Francesco Molinari carded a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in today's opening round of the 115th U.S. Open.

Molinari has been playing great of late, so this is of no shock. The renown ball-striker piped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation en route to four birdies against two bogeys. He came to rest three strokes off the clubhouse lead. It's his lowest aggregate in 19 career rounds in the U.S. Open.
Jun 18 - 5:36 PM

Francesco Molinari is one of Europe's in-form players heading to Chambers Bay this week.

Since shaking off a wrist problem, the Italian has posted three top fives in his last four starts. That run includes a third place at Memorial on his last start. Molinari is 3-for-6 in his U.S. Open career, the 32-year-old's best result coming 12 months ago when T23 at Pinehurst. Whether wide-open Chambers Bay suits his game is something for gamers to chew over although his ability to hit greens in regulation (he was ranked 1st at Muirfield Village) will stand him in good stead.
Jun 16 - 3:50 AM

Francesco Molinari rounded off his Memorial debut with a 1-under-par 33-38=71 and finished in a two-way tie for third, two shots short of a playoff spot with Justin Rose and David Lingmerth.

Molinari began the final round at 12-under (T2) and three back of the 54-hole leader Rose. On his round he was a perfect 14 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation en route to a four birdie against one bogey and one double bogey walk around Muirfield Village. The Italian, looking for his first PGA TOUR title in this his 64th career start, looked up to the task for the majority of the day. He came to the par-4 14th one shot back of Rose (who was at 15-under) and left the hole with a one-stroke lead following a two-shot swing. The 32-year-old would miss a 7'6" birdie on the 15th to extend his lead and then would watch his title hopes go swimming at the par-3 16th, swallowing a double bogey-6. Two closing pars would conclude Molinari's day at 13-under 275, his T3 matching the same career-best result at the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Jun 7 - 6:25 PM