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Francesco Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 159

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Francesco Molinari constructed a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during the first round of the Valero Texas Open, currently four strokes off the current pace set by Brendan Steele.
The Italian surprisingly missed six (of 14) fairways on his way toward 13 greens in regulation. It was all about the iron play and work inside 100 yards as he still gained 4.852 strokes tee-to-green despite the poor driving accuracy and mediocre driving distance (75th in field). The flat stick was quiet as well, splashing home nothing from outside 8'6" on the round. Molinari has to feel great about this 4-under opener despite looking sloppy at times. Apr 22 - 11:09 AM

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Francesco Molinari opened his week strong at the RBC Heritage, signing for a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in his first navigation of Harbour Town Golf Links since 2011.

The Italian kicked off his round on the back nine and squared a pair of bogeys at the par-4 11th and 12th holes, giving the field a two-shot cushion. He bounced back immediately with a 7'4" birdie roll at the 13th and a 14'7" birdie splash at the par-3 14th hole. Molinari added two more circles from outside 13 feet as he came home on the front nine. His fairways and greens style of play fits perfectly for Harbour Town Golf Links, so it's surprising to see a missed cut in his only attempt here (2011). The Italian is well on his way to a paycheck this week, though.
Apr 14 - 11:59 AM

Sponsor invite Francesco Molinari bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 on day four of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to conclude his fourth straight appearance on 10-under 278, up four spots on the live leaderboard to T9.

Molinari posted rounds of 68-72-69-69 for an apparent first top 10 of the season in his seventh event. His previous best was T33 at the Sony Open. The 33-year-old has now played eight of his last nine at Bay Hill in par-or-better, and put 12-of-16 in red numbers. He began his final frame on 7-under (T13) eight adrift of 54-hole leader Jason Day, but just one shy of the overnight top 10. The Italian was 5-under thru 16 holes, erasing bogey on eight with birdies on Nos. 3-5, 12, 13 and 16, but bogeyed his final two holes on failed scrambles.
Mar 20 - 5:33 PM

Francesco Molinari fashioned a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to find himself near the top once again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Italian arrived as somewhat of a course horse, but out of form. A return to a comfortable venue appears to corrected his game thus far. It wasn't pretty out there for Molinari, as he landed just eight greens in regulation, but still managed to square just two bogeys on the day. His flat stick came to the rescue multiple times today, flying in putts from outside 30 feet on three separate occasions. He walked off the 18th green having gained 2.031 strokes with the putter. It is unlikely for him to maintain this level of putting, but his ball-striking should also pick up as the week progresses.
Mar 17 - 12:45 PM

Francesco Molinari looks for a spark as he preps for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

The Italian is still in search of his first PGA TOUR victory. More importantly, he's searching for his lost form. After missing just two (of 16) cuts during the 2014-15 campaign, he's already missed two of his first six thus far. World No. 81 is too talented to keep finishing outside the top 25. Luckily he sports two of those in three trips to Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Gamers should take a strong look in DFS this week, as his current salary is reflective of his current form, and not his true talent.
Mar 16 - 6:14 PM

Francesco Molinari preps for a third look at Riviera Country Club as he turns his attention to this week's Northern Trust Open.

The Italian arrives a little out of form. Internationally, he sports just three top 30s in his last 10 starts. A little unusual for a golfer who typically rattles off top 25s at a very high clip. His course history won't persuade any non-believers, either, as he enters with a 1-for-2 record at Riviera with his best being a T40 in 2014. Molinari continues to be a steady cut maker, but shouldn't be relied upon any further than that for now.
Feb 17 - 6:18 PM

Francesco Molinari transmitted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, reaching the 36-hole checkpoint at 10-under 134 of blemish-free golf.

The Italian split just eight (of 14) fairways on the day, five fewer than yesterday's effort at La Quinta Country Club. Despite the decline, he tallied the same amount of greens in regulation to reach the 36-hole mark at 26-for-36. Molinari is in great position through two rounds as he preps for the difficult task of TPC Stadium Course at PGA West on Saturday.
Jan 22 - 4:36 PM

Francesco Molinari rallied to a 5-under-par 35-30=65 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach the midpoint at 7-under 133, up 47 spots to T5 on the live leaderboard.

In his first action on any tour since T4 at the DP World Tour Championship eight weeks ago, the Italian has opened his second visit to Oahu in 68-65. Today's loop landed just 12 greens in regulation for a second consecutive day, but bettered yesterday's five-birdie total with seven on Friday. The 33-year-old exchanged two birdies -- one from 34'8" at the par-4 eighth -- with two failed up-and-down bogeys to turn even. He raced to the finish with an inward 5-under 30, circling birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18. His split on his final nine holes featured three rolls between 10 and 18 feet and he went to the scoring tent with a stellar 1.500 putts per GIR thru 36 holes, currently T1 in the field.
Jan 15 - 4:43 PM

Francesco Molinari begins his second season as a PGA TOUR member at this week's Sony Open in Hawaii where he posted a T37 in last year's tourney debut.

The Italian went 13-for-16 last season on TOUR with five top 25s and one podium (T3, Memorial). He qualified for the Playoffs at 99th in FedExCup points, but took time off for the birth of his second child. The London, England, resident returned to play four events on the European Tour where he gathered three top 20s, culminating with a T4 at the DP World Tour Championship eight weeks ago. He hasn't played on any tour since.
Jan 13 - 7:59 AM

Francesco Molinari played his first season as a PGA TOUR member in 2014-15 and went 13-for-16 with five top 25s, highlighted by a season-/ tied career-best T3 at the Memorial.

The 33-year-old ended the Regular Season last year at 99th in the FedExCup standings but didn't peg it in the Playoffs due to the birth of his second child. He eventually finished 111th in the final FEC rankings and 103rd in money. The Italian also played eight events on the European Tour recording four top 10s, including a T2 at the Open de Espana in mid-May. The following week, he co-lead the BMW PGA after 54 holes, but fell to solo fifth with a 2-over 74 in the finale. Molinari is winless on the PGA TOUR in 69 career events and his last win on any tour came at the 2012 Open de Espana.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 09:26:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:43:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 04:44:00 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.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 03:33:00 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.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 04:48:00 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.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 07:31:00 AM