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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. Nov 19 - 10:00 AM

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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.
Oct 1 - 12:33 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.
Jul 31 - 2:09 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.
Jul 20 - 11:01 AM

Francesco Molinari turned in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 for his second round of The Open Championship to post 6-under 138, good for sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

After equaling his brother's 68 in the opening, Francesco now sits three strokes ahead of Edoardo. Francesco split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 12 more greens today en route to six birdies, three on each side. He also squared two bogeys and a double, but with an eagle and 10 birdies thus far, the Italian is clearly confident navigating Royal Liverpool. He's unlikely to sleep on the overnight lead since Rory McIlroy is cruising, but Molinari will be in terrific position to make a realistic run at his first victory in a major.
Jul 18 - 12:53 PM

Francesco Molinari posted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of The Open Championship, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

He matched brother Edoardo also in the clubhouse at 68. Francesco split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, picking off four birdies to counterbalance two bogeys. Sitting 2-under at the par-5 18th, he promptly recorded an eagle to make a late move. He played the quartet of par 5s in bogey-free 4-under. This is going to be a recurring theme for success throughout the tournament.
Jul 17 - 8:11 AM

Francesco Molinari makes his 23rd start in a major championship as he readies for the 143rd Open Championship.

The Italian has been a model of consistency, with cuts made in 22 of his last 24 international events, with 17 of them yielding top 25s. Molinari has enjoyed some success at the Open Championship with two top-15 finishes in six attempts. Salary-cap gamers should take note of his consistency and act accordingly.
Jul 16 - 10:30 AM

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

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.
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.
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