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Francesco Molinari

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

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Francesco Molinari secured the best Wentworth finish of his career with a final round of 4-under-par 34-34=68 for a total of 9-under 279, two behind the BMW PGA Championship winner Alex Noren.
In truth the Italian was rarely in contention as initially the pre-round leaders, and then the fast finishing Noren, zoomed ahead of Molinari who drove a Ford on a day when everyone else was in a Ferrari. That said, he outlasted them all bar the champion. On the front nine he made bogey-5 at the third before recovering with birdies at 4 and 8. On the return home he was flawless whilst ticking 12, 17 and 18. The result is his fifth top ten on the West Course in six years, but betters his T5 in 2015. May 28 - 1:58 PM

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Francesco Molinari had to settle for a 2-over-par 36-38=74 in round three of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but, on a day of tough scoring, the damage done to his title bid was reduced and he'll still have a good chance of lifting the trophy Sunday.

Starting the day as one of the three joint leaders, the Italian ended it in tied third on 5-under 211, three swings behind new pacesetter Andrew Dodt. A three-putt bogey at the opening hole set the tone for a frustrating day and, despite battling hard, further shots went at 11 and 15. As birdie chances continued to be passed up, Molinari looked set to go the full 18 holes without a circle on his card but he finally found one at 17 to close the gap on Dodt. A closing par secured him a place in Sunday's penultimate two-ball alongside Lee Westwood.
May 27 - 12:49 PM

A short missed putt for eagle at the final hole cost Francesco Molinari the sole clubhouse lead after 36 holes of the BMW PGA Championship; his 2-under-par 36-34=70 gave him a halfway total of 7-under 137.

The early signs were not good for the Italian who has a base near to the Surrey course. He made bogey at the 3rd and 5th, with a birdie in between at the 4th. But the back nine was a much smarter affair, as he ticked the 13th, 17th and 18th, the latter after he left a 8'0" eagle putt in the jaws of the hole. In his first six visits to the West Course he never finished better than T17. Since then he has four top tens in five starts. He's twice had a solo lead at halfway (in 2013 and 2015), but is yet to finish better than T5. He shares the lead with Scott Jamieson and Thomas Pieters, with two and a half hours play remaining after he signed his card.
May 26 - 12:50 PM

The changes to Wentworth made little difference to Francesco Molinari as the course horse tied the first-round clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship in England with a 5-under-par 34-33=67.

Molinari joined early pacesetters Scott Jamieson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat thanks to a pair of closing birdies at the revamped West Course, making the surprise of an opening bogey a distant memory. The Italian recovered from that dropped shot at No. 1 with a circle at 4 and added another birdie at 8 to turn in 1-under. After a pair of pars to start the back nine, he accelerated with red numbers at 12 and 13 and made it a three-way tie at the top with a 4-4 finale on the par 5s at 17 and 18. Molinari was a hugely popular pick with gamers this week due to some eye-catching converging trends. He was T6 in the PLAYERS Championship on his last start and has made the top 10 in four of his last five visits to Wentworth.
May 25 - 7:55 AM

World No. 34 Franceso Molinari steadied a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to conclude on 5-under 283, up four places to T6, five back of champion Si Woo Kim.

This was the 34-year-old's seventh appearance and fourth top 10, third consecutive, matching his best of T6 in 2014. It's his 10th top 25 of the season in 13 starts and fourth top 10. After opening in 69-74-69, the Italian began T10 on 4-under, five shy of 54-hole co-leaders J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.645 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 1.522 around-the-green. Molinari slightly outpaced two bogeys at 5 and 9 with three birdies at 2, 6 and 11, posting a pedestrian 1.923 putts per GIR and 32 putts total, though he did save par twice from between nine and 18 feet. For the week, he totaled 18 birdies versus 13 bogeys.
May 14 - 8:58 PM

World No. 34 Francesco Molinari crafted a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of THE PLAYERS to reach the three-quarter pole on 4-under 212, up 24 spots to T10 with play still in progress.

After opening in 69-74, the 34-year-old began on 1-under (T34) and striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, gaining 3.696 strokes approaching-the-green and 5.572 SG: Total. He squared four bogeys at 3, 6, 8 (3-putt from 36'10") and 18, overshadowed with seven birdies at 2, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16 and 17, all from inside of 13 feet. The Italian recorded 1.643 putts per GIR but -0.440 SG: Putting at the time he signed his card.
May 13 - 4:52 PM

Francesco Molinari is off to another fast start, this time twirling a 3-under-par 33-36=69 during round one of THE PLAYERS, staking out an early spot inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

The Italian raced out to the 18-hole lead last week at the Wells Fargo Championship. He won't hold the lead today, but he did fling his name into the mix with a 4 birdie, 1 bogey, effort. Highlights included four putts converted from outside nine feet in addition to a 31-foot hole out birdie from the fringe at the par-4 third hole. Molinari survived two water balls today, both coming on par 5s, escaping with pars on both occasions. With three top 10s already on his PLAYERS resume, gamers should expect Molinari to stick around for the long haul this week.
May 11 - 1:01 PM

First- and second-round leader and World No. 34 Francesco Molinari stalled out to an even-par 34-38=72 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, dropping three spots into a four-way T4 on 6-under 210, two back of 54-hole leader Patrick Reed.

After opening in 66-72, the Italian led by one over three players. The first- and second-round leads were his first in his 99th career TOUR start. The 34-year-old got off to a great start, bogey-free 3-under thru eight holes, circling holes 4, 7 and 8, each from between seven and 12 feet. That would be it however, skidding to the finish with bogey-5s at nine, 11 and 17. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 0.240 SG: Tee-to-Green, still leading in the latter with a cumulative 8.952. Molinari lost 0.718 strokes around-the-green and 0.012 on-the-green, ranked 59th in SGP at -0.546.
May 6 - 7:06 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, first-round leader and World No. 34 Francesco Molinari pieced together an even-par 35-37=72 in the two-day second round of the Wells Fargo Championship to post 6-under 138, good for a 1-shot lead over Billy Hurley III, Seamus Power and John Peterson.

After an opening 66, Molinari led four players by one shot, his first career 18-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR in his 99th career event. With preferred lies in effect, he was 1-over-par thru 11 holes in R2 on Friday when play was suspended due to darkness, the result of an earlier delay of three hours due to weather. The 34-year-old returned on Saturday morning and leveled the card with birdie-4 at the sixth and went 1-under with birdie-3 at eight after stiffing his approach to the par 4 from 105 yards away to nine inches. He walked off with a bogey-5 at nine, failing to get up-and-down, missing a 7-foot par-saver. In total, the Italian landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, cancelling four birdies with four bogeys, two of the squares of the 3-jack variety, contributing to a -1.730 in SG: Putting.
May 6 - 9:46 AM

Francesco Molinari blitzed Eagle Point Golf Club to the tune of a 6-under-par 32-34=66 during round one of the Wells Fargo Championship, staking his claim as the early clubhouse leader on Thursday.

The steady Italian lived up to his fairways-and-greens reputation today as he split 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 13 greens. While the GIR numbers don't jump off the page, the steady part comes when you realize he set himself up with 14 birdie looks from inside 26 feet today. The 34-year-old converted on seven birdies from that range including a 24'10" hole out at the closing, par-5 18th. Molinari also picked up a bonus birdie earlier in his round with a 73'9" hole out at the par-3 fifth hole. This was a truly balanced attack as he gained 1.20+ strokes in all four strokes gained sub-categories. If he maintains this lead by day's end, it will be his first lead/co-lead after any round on the PGA TOUR.
May 4 - 1:46 PM

After an 0-2-0 start to his week in Austin, Texas, Francesco Molinari has withdrawn from this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, citing a wrist injury. UPDATE: Molinari returned to action at the 81st Masters and recorded rounds of 78-72-71-72=293 (+5), good for a T33 finish.

The Italian swallowed four bogeys in his match today against Thongchai Jaidee. The Thai would go onto to win 5-and-3 to eliminate Molinari. The Italian could have played spoiler in his final match of group play but instead called it quits, citing a wrist injury. With this WD, 8th-seeded Alex Noren will advanced out of Group 8 with a 3-0-0 record with a free win gifted to him tomorrow.
Mar 23 - 4:18 PM

World No. 33 Francesco Molinari carded a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to post 7-under 281, up seven spots to T8 with play still in progress.

This was the 34-year-old's fifth appearance, fifth cash, fourth straight top 25 and third top 10. His best is T5 in 2014 (67-70-69-73). After kicking off in 70-68-74, the Italian began on 4-under (T15), seven adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. He squared a couple of bogey-4s at Nos. 2 and 14, overshadowed by two conventional birdies, a 20-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 11, and an eagle at the par-5 16th from 22'6" that concluded his scoring. Molinari peppered 12 (of 14) fairways and conjured just seven greens in regulation, losing 1.095 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 3.366 around-the-green. This was his eighth start of the season, seventh top 25 and third top 10 with a season-best T4 at the Shriners, buoyed by a career-TOUR-low 61 in R4.
Mar 19 - 5:18 PM

Francesco Molinari kept his foot on the gas in round two of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, piecing together a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 6-under 138 after two days.

The Italian went out early on Thursday morning and was one of the few to record a low round in the chilly conditions. Playing in much warmer conditions today, Molinari kept a clean card by gaining 3.722 strokes approaching-the-green. His fairways (11/14) and GIR (14) were identical to yesterday's round, he just did a better job of avoiding the bogeys today. The Italian will find himself inside the top 10 as he tees off on Saturday.
Mar 17 - 5:30 PM

Francesco Molinari made early waves at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, posting a 2-under-par 33-37=70 during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Italian enjoyed his first lap around Bay Hill this week, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. He opened with four birdies on his outward nine to offset a lone bogey that came as a result of a three-putt at the par-3 seventh. He rebounded with the flat stick at the following hole by draining a 37'11" birdie bomb. After the turn, he splashed home another bomb, this time from 33'3" at the par-4 11th, moving him to 4-under and sole possession of first place. Molinari would swallow two bogeys on his way into the clubhouse, but this is still a very strong start, considering the difficulty of the course this morning under flat-out cold conditions. With three top 20s already on his API resume, Molinari could be here for the long haul this week.
Mar 16 - 12:48 PM

World No. 34 Francesco Molinari smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in today's final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship to conclude on 5-under 279, up 18 places to T20 with play still in progress, tying the low round in the clubhouse with Paul Casey and posted just the fifth blemish-free lap of the week and the ONLY one in R4. UPDATE: With play completed, Molinari finished T20 with Ross Fisher and Brandt Snedeker posting the low rounds with 65s.

While the tournament's debut in Mexico City, this was the 34-year-old's sixth appearance and sixth finish inside the top 30. His best is T3 in 2011 and the then-named TPC Blue Monster. Overall, the Italian was playing his 24th WGC with four prior top 10s, including a win at the 2010 HSBC Champions when it was an unofficial event on the PGA TOUR but an official event on the European Tour. After opening in 71-72-70, he began on even-par (T38). The London, England, resident landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, circling birdies at Nos. 3, 5, 11, 15 and 18, posting 1.583 putts per GIR and gaining 4.647 strokes tee-to-green. For the week he carded 18 birdies versus 13 bogeys and is currently 12th in SG: TTG though T45 in SG: Putting with a cumulative -0.860.
Mar 5 - 3:37 PM