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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 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

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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

Francesco Molinari opened his week strong at the RBC Heritage, signing for a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in his first navigation of Harbour Town Golf Links since 2011.

The Italian kicked off his round on the back nine and squared a pair of bogeys at the par-4 11th and 12th holes, giving the field a two-shot cushion. He bounced back immediately with a 7'4" birdie roll at the 13th and a 14'7" birdie splash at the par-3 14th hole. Molinari added two more circles from outside 13 feet as he came home on the front nine. His fairways and greens style of play fits perfectly for Harbour Town Golf Links, so it's surprising to see a missed cut in his only attempt here (2011). The Italian is well on his way to a paycheck this week, though.
Apr 14 - 11:59 AM

Sponsor invite Francesco Molinari bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 on day four of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to conclude his fourth straight appearance on 10-under 278, up four spots on the live leaderboard to T9.

Molinari posted rounds of 68-72-69-69 for an apparent first top 10 of the season in his seventh event. His previous best was T33 at the Sony Open. The 33-year-old has now played eight of his last nine at Bay Hill in par-or-better, and put 12-of-16 in red numbers. He began his final frame on 7-under (T13) eight adrift of 54-hole leader Jason Day, but just one shy of the overnight top 10. The Italian was 5-under thru 16 holes, erasing bogey on eight with birdies on Nos. 3-5, 12, 13 and 16, but bogeyed his final two holes on failed scrambles.
Mar 20 - 5:33 PM

Francesco Molinari fashioned a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to find himself near the top once again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Italian arrived as somewhat of a course horse, but out of form. A return to a comfortable venue appears to corrected his game thus far. It wasn't pretty out there for Molinari, as he landed just eight greens in regulation, but still managed to square just two bogeys on the day. His flat stick came to the rescue multiple times today, flying in putts from outside 30 feet on three separate occasions. He walked off the 18th green having gained 2.031 strokes with the putter. It is unlikely for him to maintain this level of putting, but his ball-striking should also pick up as the week progresses.
Mar 17 - 12:45 PM

Francesco Molinari looks for a spark as he preps for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

The Italian is still in search of his first PGA TOUR victory. More importantly, he's searching for his lost form. After missing just two (of 16) cuts during the 2014-15 campaign, he's already missed two of his first six thus far. World No. 81 is too talented to keep finishing outside the top 25. Luckily he sports two of those in three trips to Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Gamers should take a strong look in DFS this week, as his current salary is reflective of his current form, and not his true talent.
Mar 16 - 6:14 PM

Francesco Molinari preps for a third look at Riviera Country Club as he turns his attention to this week's Northern Trust Open.

The Italian arrives a little out of form. Internationally, he sports just three top 30s in his last 10 starts. A little unusual for a golfer who typically rattles off top 25s at a very high clip. His course history won't persuade any non-believers, either, as he enters with a 1-for-2 record at Riviera with his best being a T40 in 2014. Molinari continues to be a steady cut maker, but shouldn't be relied upon any further than that for now.
Feb 17 - 6:18 PM

Francesco Molinari transmitted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, reaching the 36-hole checkpoint at 10-under 134 of blemish-free golf.

The Italian split just eight (of 14) fairways on the day, five fewer than yesterday's effort at La Quinta Country Club. Despite the decline, he tallied the same amount of greens in regulation to reach the 36-hole mark at 26-for-36. Molinari is in great position through two rounds as he preps for the difficult task of TPC Stadium Course at PGA West on Saturday.
Jan 22 - 4:36 PM

Francesco Molinari rallied to a 5-under-par 35-30=65 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach the midpoint at 7-under 133, up 47 spots to T5 on the live leaderboard.

In his first action on any tour since T4 at the DP World Tour Championship eight weeks ago, the Italian has opened his second visit to Oahu in 68-65. Today's loop landed just 12 greens in regulation for a second consecutive day, but bettered yesterday's five-birdie total with seven on Friday. The 33-year-old exchanged two birdies -- one from 34'8" at the par-4 eighth -- with two failed up-and-down bogeys to turn even. He raced to the finish with an inward 5-under 30, circling birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18. His split on his final nine holes featured three rolls between 10 and 18 feet and he went to the scoring tent with a stellar 1.500 putts per GIR thru 36 holes, currently T1 in the field.
Jan 15 - 4:43 PM

Francesco Molinari begins his second season as a PGA TOUR member at this week's Sony Open in Hawaii where he posted a T37 in last year's tourney debut.

The Italian went 13-for-16 last season on TOUR with five top 25s and one podium (T3, Memorial). He qualified for the Playoffs at 99th in FedExCup points, but took time off for the birth of his second child. The London, England, resident returned to play four events on the European Tour where he gathered three top 20s, culminating with a T4 at the DP World Tour Championship eight weeks ago. He hasn't played on any tour since.
Jan 13 - 7:59 AM

Francesco Molinari played his first season as a PGA TOUR member in 2014-15 and went 13-for-16 with five top 25s, highlighted by a season-/ tied career-best T3 at the Memorial.

The 33-year-old ended the Regular Season last year at 99th in the FedExCup standings but didn't peg it in the Playoffs due to the birth of his second child. He eventually finished 111th in the final FEC rankings and 103rd in money. The Italian also played eight events on the European Tour recording four top 10s, including a T2 at the Open de Espana in mid-May. The following week, he co-lead the BMW PGA after 54 holes, but fell to solo fifth with a 2-over 74 in the finale. Molinari is winless on the PGA TOUR in 69 career events and his last win on any tour came at the 2012 Open de Espana.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 09:26:00 AM