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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

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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.
Source: USOpen.com
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

Francesco Molinari conjured up a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the third round of the Memorial and his 12-under 204 at the three-quarter pole has him three shots back of the leader Justin Rose.

Molinari, making his 64th career PGA TOUR start (and 11th on the season), posting a 1-2 record at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play (eliminated in group stage) in his last action on TOUR. He began the day at 9-under and in a six-way tie for fifth. The Italian split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, currently T1 in GIR for the tournament. Molinari covered two bogeys with five birdies, his set featuring three straight on Nos. 6-8, with a 13'6" roll on the eighth his longest conversion on the day. The 32-year-old, making his Memorial debut, will be in the final pairing with Rose on championship Sunday.
Jun 6 - 5:56 PM

Francesco Molinari backed up his opening, bogey-free 68 at the Memorial with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round.

At 9-under 135, the Italian is three swings back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. True to form, Molinari has missed only two (of 28) fairways to co-lead the field, but he's also totaled 27 greens in regulation. Today's chances yielded seven birdies, three of which ranging 11-16 feet. He also squared two bogeys, but the big picture is that he's performing much better than a few weeks ago on U.S. soil, and especially since he began dealing with an injury to his right wrist.
Jun 5 - 5:04 PM

Francesco Molinari smoothed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of the Memorial and signed his card with a share of the early clubhouse lead.

Molinari has little trouble in what was his first competitive loop of Muirfield Village today. He missed only one of the 14 fairways and went 4-for-4 in scrambling. All four of his birdies trickled in from inside five feet, including a two-footer at the par-3 eighth.
Jun 4 - 12:33 PM

Halfway leader Francesco Molinari threw in a 4-under-par 32-36=68 but now shares top spot with Byeong-Hun An going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

For most of the day, the Italian's robotic tee-to-green play looked set to give him a clear advantage but he started missing fairways late in the round and finished with a bogey and four pars to end up at 14-under with An. The pair are two clear of Thongchai Jaidee. Molinari made birdies at 3, 7, 8, 12 and 13 to peak at 15-under but struggled coming in and couldn't cash in at Wentworth's pair of closing par 5s. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation, was 3-for-4 in scrambling and took 29 putts.
May 23 - 12:38 PM

Francesco Molinari added a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to his opening 65 to post the halfway lead of 10-under 134 at the BMW PGA Championship.

The Italian wobbled early in Friday's second round at Wentworth but finished with a pair of birdies to maintain his two-shot lead over the field. Molinari was bogey free in round one but made two in the first three holes today before clawing them back with par breakers at 4 and 6. After seven straight pars he produced a late spurt by circling birdies at 14, 17 and 18 to get to double digits under par, two clear of Argentine Emiliano Grillo. Last week's Open de España runner-up split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. He's missed just five all week.
May 22 - 7:56 AM

Francesco Molinari posted a 7-under-par 33-32=65 to move into a two-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship in England.

Playing in the tougher afternoon conditions, the London-based Italian shot seven birdies and kept a bogey off his card to leapfrog Robert Karlsson at the top. Molinari is something of a course specialist at Wentworth having made the top 10 in each of the last three years and today's score matches the 65 he shot in round three when T7 last year. The Ryder Cup star also came into the event on the back of a second place in last week's Open de España so it's hardly a surprise to see him leading the way.
May 21 - 12:33 PM

Rounds in the 60s were hard to come by at the Open de España in round two but Francesco Molinari held it together to post a 3-under-par 36-33=69.

That jumped the Italian over 30 spots up the leaderboard and, at 3-under 141, he's just three shots behind the clubhouse lead of Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez. Molinari mixed three birdies with three bogeys over his first 12 holes but found a trio of par breakers in the final third of his round to climb into the top 10. The Ryder Cup star split just 6 (of 14) fairways but found 13 greens in regulation. He was also 4-for-4 in sand saves.
May 15 - 9:27 AM

Francesco Molinari has withdrawn from this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Molinari will instead compete in the Open de España on the European Tour. It's the site of his original plan to return from an injured right wrist before changing his mind and giving the Match Play a go. So, it was surprising to see that he hadn't yet pulled out of the annual stop at Quail Hollow. He's 7-for-10 on the PGA TOUR this season and sits T119 in the FedExCup standings.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 11 - 12:27 PM

Perhaps benefited by a first-round draw with Match Play disappointment, Adam Scott, Francesco Molinari had no issues in taking down the Aussie 5 and 4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

The Italian arrived at TPC Harding Park harboring a sore right wrist. (Until he appeared on television today, it was unknown which wrist was the source of his original intent to sit out until mid-May. His right wrist was clearly taped whereas there was nothing on his left wrist.) Scott hadn't advanced to the third round in this tournament since 2005, so it looked like a war of attrition on paper. The reality supported Scott's absence to perform in this format. He opened with his only birdie of the match, a 4 at the first hole, but played the remainder in 4-over with four bogeys. Three of them yielded wins for Molinari, who claimed three others with birdies. The match petered to a halt at the par-4 14th, which both parred. As Scott will take on Paul Casey on Thursday, Molinari will try Chris Kirk on for size in the second round.
Apr 29 - 8:18 PM