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Francesco Molinari parked it four strokes off the overnight lead at the U.S. Open with a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in his opening round.
Molinari is making his sixth appearance in this tournament. In 14 previous rounds, he hadn't broken par and this is the only major in which he hasn't registered at least one top 25. The Italian totaled 13 greens in regulation and poured in four birdies, two of which on par 3s. He also incurred three bogeys. Jun 12 - 7:23 PM

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Francesco Molinari hasn't missed a U.S. Open since tying for 27th at Bethpage Black in 2009, and will try and tame Pinehurst No. 2 this week.

Molinari ranks 46th in the current Official World Golf Ranking, earning his invitation by remaining inside the top 60 in that standing. While he's never played Pinehurst, aspects of Bethpage Black could compare somewhat favorable to the North Carolina layout. The massive length is one similarity, and the chance of strong thunderstorms could also add an additional comparison. He has three top 10s, including a T6 at THE PLAYERS, in his last five worldwide starts.
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 10 - 9:11 AM

Francesco Molinari carded a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to finish the week with a top 10 at 9-under 279.

Typically it's Francesco's brother Eduardo who flashes a hot putter, but Francesco did a little taking with his flat stick on Sunday. His five birdies at TPC Sawgrass ranged from 8'6" to 20'9" but he couldn't do any damage after the 11th hole. Perhaps it was the gravity of the situation that caught up with him, but he played his final seven holes with two bogeys and five pars. He ended his round gaining just over three strokes on the field with the putter and ranking fifth for the week at 1.17 at the time of his posting.
May 11 - 7:36 PM

Francesco Molinari fired a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of THE PLAYERS and is the first to post 7-under 209 at TPC Sawgrass.

The Italian was hitting it close all day, as each of his six birdies with the exception of a 20'8" effort from just off the green at the par-3 third came from inside eight feet. While his putting was just average, his ball-striking was excellent, missing just two fairways and three GIR on his lap around Sawgrass. His best finish in the PGA TOUR event this season is a T5 in the Arnold Palmer Ivitational. He has an excellent chance to eclipse that with a strong final round.
May 10 - 3:16 PM

Francesco Molinari will take his fifth crack at TPC Sawgrass at THE PLAYERS later this week.

The Italian has missed three straight cuts here after debuting with a ninth-place finish in 2010. His recent form is much better. Molinari has finished 50th or better in his last 16 worldwide events, a streak that started after two missed cuts in early September. Gamers can invest with confidence this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 6 - 10:17 AM

Francesco Molinari carded a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his opening round of the Masters.

The world-class ball-striker found 13 greens in regulation today and erased three bogeys with four birdies to close three swings off the clubhouse lead. His last birdie occurred at the par-3 16th where his putt up and toward the back of the green curled at the end before falling in the front side. This is just the fifth time in 13 tries that he's signed for a red number at Augusta National Golf Club.
Apr 10 - 6:34 PM

Francesco Molinari turned in a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Italian's round looked like an idea U.S. Open scorecard, with 15 pars only interrupted by two bogeys and a birdie. His lone birdie was from 9'2" on the par-5 16th. He had an opportunity to square his round on the 18th, but failed to convert from 10'8" on the difficult finishing hole. His 9-under 279 is good for a top-five finish.
Mar 23 - 5:56 PM

Francesco Molinari continued his fine play at Bay Hill with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Italian opened with two birdies and a bogey in his first six holes, then recorded three pars to end his front nine. He heated up at the turn, picking up a birdie at 10, then two more at 14 and 15 before ending his day with a bogey at the difficult par-4 18th. He enters the final round in a share of fifth place. He is not a member of the PGA TOUR, but a big finish on Sunday could help push him towards Special Temporary Membership.
Mar 22 - 5:44 PM

Francesco Molinari chased his opening 67 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 2-under-par 37-33=70 to post 7-under 137, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The Italian split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation in a tidy response to Thursday's bogey-free loop. He eagled the par-5 sixth hole with a 31-yard pitch, and then registered a walk-off birdie from 12'5" at the par-4 ninth. They accounted for his only par breakers of the round. Molinari did suffer his first setback, too, when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the par-4 18th, his ninth hole of the round.
Mar 21 - 2:38 PM

Francesco Molinari spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 35-32=67 in his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Molinari went 6-for-6 in scrambling and picked off five birdies en route to what is now his lowest round of five in competition at Bay Hill. He birdied three of the four par 5s, including conversions from 20'4" and 14'2" at Nos. 4 and 12, respectively. However, the Italian whiffed on a birdie try from just 52 inches at 13. He signed his card sitting five strokes off Adam Scott's overnight lead and as the last of 10 inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Mar 20 - 7:11 PM

Francesco Molinari carded a 3-over-par 36-39=75 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship to reach the halfway point in even-par 144.

When today's scoring average is calculated, Molinari will have beaten it. At the time he walked off, there were 23 scores already on the board that were higher. He split six (of 14) fairways and hit just nine greens en route to two birdies, three bogeys and a double. His longest conversion dropped for par from 17 feet at the par-5 10th hole, his first of the round. The Italian signed his card sitting just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mar 7 - 5:34 PM

Francesco Molinari opened the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to become the sixth to share the clubhouse lead.

The Italian is one of the rare Europeans that has declined to accept PGA TOUR membership despite sitting in the books as an official winner of the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions when it wasn't an official event. His ball-striking talent isn't quite legendary, but it's most definitely his calling card. On cue, he split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in his first walk around newly designed Trump National Doral. After opening with a birdie-4 at the first hole, he'd pour in a par save from 19'7" at the par-3 fourth where he landed his tee ball in a greenside bunker. Molinari saved his best for last, however, as he drilled home a 30-footer for birdie at the par-4 18th to earn his seat alongside his clubhouse co-leaders.
Mar 7 - 10:48 AM

Francesco Molinari carded a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Northern Trust Open, finishing with a share of the very early clubhouse lead.

Molinari went out in the second threesome at the par-4 10th hole this morning. In what was his first live round at Riviera Country Club, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation en route to five birdies. His most notable conversions measured 20'4" at the par-3 16th hole and 35 feet at the par-4 eighth. The Italian went 5-for-5 in scrambling but three-putted the par-4 15th from 33'4" for his only bogey of the round.
Feb 13 - 2:34 PM

Francesco Molinari picked up a sponsor exemption into the Northern Trust Open.

The Italian was already headed to the United States for next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, so there was no reason for him not to stop by Riviera Country Club for a little work. This will be his first competition in this event, but a top-15 finish in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic suggests that he could be ready for a solid showing. Charl Schwartzel tied for third in his first visit last season, so there is a precedent for global stars performing well at Riviera.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 12 - 9:17 PM

Francesco Molinari claimed the 2010 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club and returns this year looking for another big week.

A high finish could easily be in the cards, as the Italian tied for second at the BMW Masters last week. That marks the third consecutive startw where he finished inside the top 20. Surrounding his win in this even tin 2010, he tied for 10th in '09 and was T23 in 2011.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 09:10:00 PM