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Francesco Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 159

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Italy and Francesco Molinari will be looking for a second World Cup of Golf title at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia this week.
There are plenty of hot golfers around the world currently and Molinari, winner of this event with his brother Edoardo in 2009, is right up there with the best. Since missing the weekend at The Barclays he underwent some coaching and has since notched 1-T6-T4-T4 with not one round worse than 70 in 16 laps, 12 of them sub-70. Toss in a T8 in this event at Royal Melbourne in 2013 (with an odd series of 75-67-66-75) and he looks set for another good week. The key for team success is exactly how Matteo Manassero is playing. That week in 2013 saw the youngster (for amazingly he is still just 23) log 76-74-76-74 for T58, ending hopes in the team event. Manassero is not so bad playing in fast conditions with his long game (his victory in the BMW PGA Championship somewhat backs this up, his third in the Scottish Open this year too), but quick greens will test his currently very fragile putting stroke (he's averaged less than 30 putts per round just four times in 2016). Nov 22 - 5:50 AM
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Francesco Molinari constructed a 2-under-par 36-34=70 to end the 2016 DP World Tour Championship T4 on 13-under 275, four shots behind the winner Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The Italian was also T4 on The Earth Course 12 months ago - indeed, he now owns four top six finishes at the Jumeirah Golf Estates venue. It also continued a remarkable run of four results that has seen him win the Italian Open, finish T6 in the WGC-HSBC Champions and T4 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children's Open. A front nine with two bogeys and two birdies left him with too much to do on the way home, but he confirmed the fine finish with birdies at 11 and 14.
Nov 20 - 8:03 AM

Francesco Molinari tacked on a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to his opening 68 and joined Sergio Garcia at the top of the leaderboard on 9-under 135 after 36 holes of the season-closing DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The pair lead by a shot from Lee Westwood while it's a further stroke back to Tyrrell Hatton, Bernd Wiesberger, Charl Schwartzel and Joost Luiten. For the second straight day, Molinari scribbled six birdies on his scorecard although he reduced his bogey count to just one. His first red number came at 2 before he continued his climb with circles at 4 and 7. After a dropped shot at 10 halted his momentum, the Italian surged again by connecting a trio of birdies from Nos. 14-16. Having made birdie at every par 5 so far this week, another would have given him the outright lead but he had to settle for his par at the 567-yard 18th. No matter, managers who picked the 34-year-old due to converging trends (he was T4 here last year and T4 in Las Vegas on his latest start) will feel vindicated so far. "I'm happy. It was another good day," said Molinari. "It's very early, obviously, but it's nice to keep building a nice good round after good round."
Nov 18 - 8:06 AM

Francesco Molinari hung up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, pulling up just one short of the lead after a walk-off birdie.

That '4' at the Earth Course's final hole completed a set of birdies at the par 5s. Along with those par breakers at 2, 7, 14 and 18, the Italian added circles at 3 and 9. He gave two shots back with bogeys on the par 3s at 6 and 17. Molinari's last competitive round was a career-low 61 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. That gave him a tie for fourth, the exact same position he managed in this event last year after a closing 68. Molinari has only beaten today's 67 once (R4 65 in 2012) in 28 previous rounds at the European Tour's finale. That said, it's now the seventh time in eight laps he's shot in the 60s here so it's fair to expect further progress as the week goes on. Overall, he has three top six finishes at the Earth Course. Right now, he's T4 on the live leaderboard.
Nov 17 - 6:22 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 37 Francesco Molinari fired a bogey-free 10-under-par 30-31=61 in today's final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to conclude his tournament debut on 16-under 268, up 44 places to T2 and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Molinari finished in a three-way T4, four shy of champion Rod Pampling.

The 33-year-old celebrated his birthday two days early (Nov. 8th) with the day's low round in the house and a career low in his 293rd career round (previously 64 three times). After opening in 70-68, he was T46 at the midpoint, one inside the cut line, and stayed in that position with a third-round 69. The Italian, who finished 111th in the FedExCup standings last season, striped 13 (of 14) fairways and peppered 17 greens in regulation, posting 5.147 SG: Tee-to-Green. He kicked off his scoring with an hole-out eagle-2 at the 11th from 124 yards away and threw eight birdies on top of it, four of which traveled greater than 10 feet with a long of 25'6" at the par-4 second. Molinari's stats on the greens show 1.471 putts per GIR and 3.319 SG: Putting.
Nov 6 - 4:54 PM

Past champ Francesco Molinari managed a 2-under-par 35-35=70 during the finale of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to finish the week in a share of sixth place on 14-under 274.

The Italian maintained his usual strategy of fairways-and-greens golf. Today, he split 12 fairways, striping 45-of-56 on the week, good for T2 in the field. The accuracy helped set up easy approach shots as well, leading to 51 greens in regulation, good for T17 in the field. This wasn't Molinari's first taste of success at Sheshan Internationl as he finished T10 during his 2009 debut and hoisted the trophy after the 2010 edition, making this his third top 10 in six tries.
Oct 30 - 8:48 AM

Francesco Molinari plotted a smart route around Sheshan International GC to card 4-under-par 33-35=68 and hit the 54-hole stage of the WGC-HSBC Champions on 12-under 204, tied fourth and five behind the lead.

The Italian burst from the blocks Saturday, posting three consecutive birdies at 1, 2 and 3 before settling in with six pars to follow. A dropped shot at No. 10 waas recovered at the 12th before he played a smart approach at the final hole to set up an 8'0" birdie chance he took to give himself an outside chance of catching the leader Hideki Matsuyama and winning the title for a second time (the first was six years ago). Is there any siilarity between now and 2010? His performance on the greens. Normally the weakest part of his game, he ranked 2nd for Putts per GIR that year on 1.57; this year he is again ranked 2nd on 1.56. He holed from outside 20'0" at both 1 and 3 to prove the point that he's reading the greens well. But he needs to be strong on the putting surface because unusually he's not finding as many of them as usual (36-from-54, T32).
Oct 29 - 4:37 AM

Francesco Molinari scrapped his way to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to post a 36-hole total of 8-under 136 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The 2010 winner of this event conducted a demonstration of long game skils at Sheshan International GC in round one, but had to call on others talents in round two. Having hit 13 of 14 fairways Thursday he was down to 9 on Friday; the Greens in Regulations stats took a hit too: dropping from 15 of 18 to just 9. But whilst the bogey numbers rose, he smoothed plenty of putts when he got the chance to eye up birdie and saw his Putts per GIR number drop from 1.667 to 1.222. He opened by squaring 1 and 4, but atoned by circling 2 and then hit his straps with more birdies at 5, 8 and 9 (from 30'0"). The back nine started like the front (bogeys at 10 and 13) but without the red numbers. Molinari had left them till last: a rush of three at 16, 17 (from 28'0") and 18 which drew him up to T4 on the live leaderboard, 5 back of the lead.
Oct 28 - 3:47 AM

Francesco Molinari smoothed a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the opening round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC.

The Italian arrived in Shanghai having last been sighted winning the Italian Open, a title he had won previously, and after his initial lap of the course he might fancy an unusual double - he won this tournament back in 2010. Moreover, in five visits he has never ended the week worse than T23 and a repeat looks on the cards after he caressed his ball round the track. He missed just 1 of 14 fairways and pegged 15 of 18 greens in regulation. He played the back nine first and the birdies came at 13, 14, 18, 5 and 8. He drained a 20'0" putt on 18 and needed no such skills on No. 8 after his approach at the 603-yard par-5 left him with just 3'0" for the par breaker. He took dinner three shots back of the lead.
Oct 27 - 4:48 AM

Francesco Molinari triumphed on home turf, circling Golf Club Milano in a stunning final round of 6-under-par 31-34=65 to total 22-under 262 and withstand the challenge of Danny Willett as he won the 2016 Italian Open.

The Turin golfer was imperious on the front nine, opening with an eagle-3 at one, birdie-3 at two and adding more red at 6 and 9. When he added another birdie at No. 12 to take a four-shot advantage over Willett, his only realistic final round challenger, he admitted he made the mistake of thinking he could relax. Immediately he missed a tap-in at the next and although he responded with birdie-4 at 14, Willet made an eagle-3 to close to within one. "Everyone praises my long game," Molinari said afterwards, "but I won it with my short game on the final 5 holes." This references two safely completed scrambles and a pair of two-putts from 60-feet, the last of which confirmed the victory, his first since the 2012 Open de Espana, after his drive had found the trees and he arrowed a recovery 196-yards to the front of the green.
Sep 18 - 11:46 AM

Superb short game skills vaulted Francesco Molinari into a tie for the lead at the Italian Open heading into the final round at Golf Club Milano, as he completed his third lap in 7-under-par 33-31=64 to tie Danny Willett at the top on 16-under 197.

The Italian, a champion in this event exactly ten years ago, chipped in for birdie on his first hole of the day, the 11th, and then repeated the trick, this time from sand, on the final hole. It concluded a fine, if protracted, round of golf. He had played the first 10 holes in 4-under on Saturday, with five birdies and a lone bogey. On resumption first thing Sunday he added four more par breakers and a second bogey. He is seeking not only a second Italian Open title, but a first top ten finish since 2011 and a first win since the 2012 Open de Espana. He and Willett hold a one shot advantage over Alex Levy and Chris Paisley.
Sep 18 - 4:12 AM

Francesco Molinari smoothed his way round Golf Club Milano in 6-under-par 32-33=65, one shot behind the early clubhouse leader after the first wave completed their rounds at the Italian Open.

The 2006 champion cruised the course like one of the sports cars at the nearby Monza race track. He ticked red on his opening nine at 12, 14 and 16, then increased speed out the turn in notching a hat-trick of birdies at 1, 2 and 3, before flying home with six straight pars. It left him one adrift of the defending champion Rikard Karlberg on a day of two weather delays which will cause the first round to leak into Friday. Molinari landed 17 greens in regulation and needed 29 putts. It is almost certain to be the sixth time in his last seven Italian Open starts that he ends the first round in the top ten.
Sep 15 - 12:46 PM

Home favorite Francesco Molinari is all set for his 17th appearance in the Italian Open, which begins at Golf Club Milano Thursday.

Molinari's results in his home Open are like his career in microcosm: pure consistency, but not the wins you might expect. In 16 starts he has finished top 25 10 times (a record that improves when you consider that as a youngster and amateur his missed 3 of his first 4 cuts). But his only victory came exactly ten years ago, even though he has been T2 or better at the end of a round four times in the last five runnings. Classic Molinari: a fantasy dream pick with 66 top ten finishes in 292 European Tour starts (23%), but a punting head scratcher with only three victories from 22 top threes. This year he focused on the PGA Tour and finished 111th in the FedEx Cup rankings. He's 40th in the Race to Dubai, thanks largely to his T2 in the Open de France. He's made his last 22 cuts on the regular European Tour (i.e. not counting PGA or WGC).
Sep 13 - 10:29 AM

Francesco Molinari smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Travelers Championship to post 7-under 203, up 31 spots to T12 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old opened his second appearance in 71-67 to begin Round 3 on 2-under (T43). He finished T25 on debut last year with laps of 67-66-69-71. The Italian went off No. 10 tee and peppered 12 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, posting 1.706 putts per GIR and a pedestrian 0.282 SG: Putting. He gained 3.357 strokes tee-to-green however, and 3.612 SG: Total. Molinari's only par breaker on his first half was a hole-out eagle (from 46'4") at the drivable par-4 15th but later added a 12'11" birdie-3 at 1 and back-to-backs at 6 and 7, the latter a bomb from 59'1".
Aug 6 - 1:05 PM

Francesco Molinari rallied for a 2-under-par 37-31=68 in today's third round of the 98th PGA Championship to post 1-under 209, up 19 places on the live leaderboard to T42.

The 33-year-old opened his eighth appearance in 71-70 to improve to 8-for-8 in the championship. His best finish (and lone top 10) is T10 on debut in 2009 at Hazeltine National GC, site of this year's Ryder Cup. For a second straight lap, the Italian lost three shots over his first three holes, swallowing double bogey-6 at the first and squaring bogey at the par-4 third. Seven pars later, he squared bogey-5 at the 11th before ripping off six straight birdies to end in style. Molinari kicked off the run with three consecutive from inside of nine feet and added a 23-footer at 16, an 18-footer at the par-5 17th, and a walk-off 4 from 12'11". He's currently 2.783 for R3 in SG: Putting and -1.280 in SG: Around-the-Green.
Jul 30 - 1:49 PM