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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 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

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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

Francesco Molinari conjured up an even-par 35-36=71 in the second round of the 145th Open Championship to reach the halfway point on 2-under 140, up two on the live leaderboard to T20.

This is the 33-year-old's ninth Open with his best (and lone top 10) a T9 in 2013 at Muirfield. He began with five birdies against one bogey and a double for 69, and today, exchanged three birdies with three bogeys on 13 greens in regulation. The Italian, who got his lap into the books before the heaviest rains of the day started, circled Nos. 2, 6 and 15, and cancelled them out with bogeys on holes 9, 12 and 17, totaling 31 putts. He's into the weekend at The Open for a fifth consecutive time.
Jul 15 - 7:06 AM

Francesco Molinari scorched Le Golf National with a 5-under-par 33-33=66 to grab solo second at the 100th Open de France on 7-under 277.

The Italian has taken (almost) full advantage of the double Ryder Cup points on offer this week. Perhaps it was no surprise he took such a leap up the rankings, since this is his 10th top 30 finish in the tournament - and third top two result. He set a four-hole birdie train in motion at the third hole with a 4 on the par-five and then added 3 red 3s as the putts dropped from all ranges, including 40 feet on the fourth. Bogeys at 9 and 10 briefly derailed the challenge, but he circled 11 (a fourth birdie-2 at the hole for the week) and bowed out with par breakers at 17 and 18 to claim second on his own, albeit he spend the entire day - as did the field - trailing winner Thongchai Jaidee by some distance and he ended the day 4 shots behind the Thai. He needed just 25 putts on the final day.
Jul 3 - 12:03 PM

Course horse Francesco Molinari hung up a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in round one of the 100th Open de France and is just two shots behind pacesetter Lucas Bjerregaard.

Molinari is a two-time runner-up at Le Golf National and also finished T6 last year. He'd arrived in Paris on the back of T8 at the Quicken Loans National so he met expectations today. The Italian mixed a birdie at 11 with a bogey at 13 over his first four holes but then made a move with successive circles at 15 and 16. After five pars and a bogey at 4, he finished brightly with par breakers at 5 and 9 to record his 15th round in the 60s at the par 71. Off the tee, he was impressive and split 11 (of 14) fairways. Molinari found 13 greens in regulation, was 3-for-5 in scrambling and took 27 putts. He sits T4 on the live leaderboard.
Jun 30 - 8:02 AM

Francesco Molinari enjoyed a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National to conclude his tournament debut on 8-under 276, currently T7 on the leaderboard.

The Italian hung up the third 65 of the day, joining John Huh and Chris Kirk for low laps in the clubhouse. His version went for eight birdies against two bogeys and bumped him 28 places on the live leaderboard. The 33-year-old began the final frame on 2-under (T35) after opening in 69-73-69. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and peppered 14 greens in regulation, posting a sterling 1.500 putts per GIR. Molinari got his two blemishes out of the way early, squaring the second and fourth on failed scrambles, and highlighted his par breakers with four straight circles on Nos. 5-8, including his long of the day from 17 feet at the par-4 eighth. He entered the week with two top 10s in 13 starts and a season-best T7 at THE PLAYERS.
Jun 26 - 4:17 PM

Francesco Molinari pieced together an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of THE PLAYERS for a 72-hole tally of 9-under 279, down two spots into a two-way T7, six shy of champion Jason Day.

This was Molinari's sixth PLAYERS and third top 10, second straight after T6 last year. Interestingly enough, he missed the cut the other three times. The Italian began the finale in solo fifth on 9-under, five back of the eventual champ. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.857 putts per GIR and -1.295 in SGP. The 33-year-old circled four, all from inside of seven feet, but 3-putted the 14th (from 12'11") for double, 3-jacked the third from 40 feet, and bogeyed the sixth on a failed scramble. It's still a season best on 11 starts and second top-10 finish (T9, API).
May 15 - 8:54 PM

Francesco Molinari tossed up an even-par 36-36=72 in today's third round of THE PLAYERS to post 9-under 207, up one on the live leaderboard to solo fifth.

Molinari began his third frame on 9-under (T6) after opening in 66-69, six in arrears to 36-hole leader Jason Day. He split nine (of 14) fairways and mustered 11 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 0.339 in SGTTG but 3.224 in SGP. The 33-year-old exchanged birdies at six and 11 with bogeys at eight and 12, the latter a 3-putt from 24'0", and rolled-in an eight-footer at the par-3 17th for a '2'. He dropped a 38'3" bomb for a par-saver on the 14th and also added two par putts from between seven and 10 feet, but lipped-out a par putt from 19'6" for a walk-off bogey-5 after finding the trees off the tee at the 18th.
May 14 - 7:17 PM

Francesco Molinari settled for a 3-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of this week's PLAYERS, posting a total of 9-under 135 at halftime.

Much like yesterday, Molinari opened his round with a missed birdie attempt from inside 10 feet. It was no gimme, but it would continue to be the trend of the day, as he'd miss four more putts from inside 10 feet on the day. Fortunate for him, he also splashed in three birdie putts from outside 10 feet. He saved his best for last, though, as he chipped in from 37'7" on the par-4 18th hole to put him at T5 on the live leaderboard. Molinari is playing fantastic, tee-to-green, but ranks just 90th in the field in strokes gained putting. He could really throw his name into the mix if the putter warms up over the weekend.
May 13 - 7:22 PM

Francesco Molinari dismantled the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, signing for a 6-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of THE PLAYERS.

The Italian kicked off his week on the back nine and cruised to a bogey-free, opening nine. The most crucial hole there may have been the par-4 15th, as he rolled in a 15-footer to save par and keep the momentum rolling. Shortly after making the turn he stuck his 236-yard approach shot on the par-5 second hole to 18 inches for a tap-in eagle. He added three more circles coming in, offsetting back-to-back bogeys which came at the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth holes. This is a remarkable opening effort from Molinari, especially when you factor in his strokes gained putting is on the wrong side of field average.
May 12 - 12:06 PM

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