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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

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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.
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

Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's going to compete in next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

The commitment deadline for the event is later today. When Tim Clark withdrew earlier this week and Molinari didn't soon follow with news of his own that he wouldn't replace the South African as an alternate, you had a feeling that the Italian would figure out a way to green-light his appearance at TPC Harding Park next week. "Good news, the wrist is better and with the doctors' ok I'm leaving Sunday for San Francisco!," Molinari tweeted. "MatchPlay here we come!" It was just a few days prior to Clark's WD that Molinari tweeted that he was out until mid-May with a wrist injury, but clearly he wasn't considering the possibility of sneaking into the field of 64. Remember, he needs to hit only one ball to collect FedExCup points and official earnings in the Match Play, but he's also guaranteed three matches with the new round-robin format, so we'll have to take him at his word that he's ready.
Apr 24 - 11:43 AM

Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter today that he'll be sidelined until at least the Open de España on May 14-17.

The Italian suffered a wrist injury in his first round of the Valero Texas Open. He withdrew before the second round as a result. He then placed T57 in Houston before having last week off. All seemed well until he wrote today's two tweets: "Unfortunately I won't be able to play in New Orleans next week. My wrist needs more time to heal, after consulting with the doctors ... I decided to rest for a few more weeks. I hope to be ready for the Spanish Open in 3 weeks time. Thanks for your support!" Molinari's first year with PGA TOUR membership wasn't going as hoped in the first place. He's currently T114 in FedExCup points and 122nd in earnings. Failing to qualify for the Masters for the first time in six years was a huge blow. He's 66th in the Official World Golf Ranking and not yet eligible for any of the remaining majors, World Golf Championships or THE PLAYERS. It's probably time for full-season gamers to set him free.
Apr 16 - 1:37 PM

Francesco Molinari turned in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 for his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

That wind you just felt is the collective exhale of his owners on the eve of the first major of the season. Molinari withdrew before his second round in San Antonio last week with a wrist injury. While an opening 81 probably motivated the decision, that he's back already and playing well is encouraging. He was vintage at the Golf Club of Houston today, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation. He also went 3-for-3 in scrambling but squared a three-jack bogey at the par-4 second hole. All of his conversions were inside eight-and-a-half feet, three of which for birdie. The Italian signed his card sitting seven strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 2 - 5:53 PM

Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter that he has withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open due to a wrist injury.

The Italian wrote, "I'm sorry to say I had to pull out of the @valerotxopen after a wrist injury I sustained after a few holes yesterday." He was scheduled to go off the first tee at 12:20 p.m. CT. Molinari opened with a 9-over-par 39-42=81 in the morning wave. Since he started the week outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking -- he's currently 63rd -- his only conduit to qualify for the Masters is to win the Shell Houston Open. It's a possibility that he didn't rule out in a follow-up tweet: "I hope to get better soon and be able to play in Houston next week." For the record, today's WD is his first mid-tournament in 61 PGA TOUR starts.
Mar 27 - 12:50 PM

Francesco Molinari is in the published field at the Valero Texas Open.

While not relinquishing his European Tour membership, Molinari has certainly placed his focus solely on the PGA TOUR to start 2015. He kicked it off with a T37 at the Sony Open and followed that with a T10 at Humana. His maiden visit to TPC San Antonio this week will mark his eighth straight start in the U.S. Overall, he's 5-for-7 on the season and is trending in the right direction heading into the week with a T40 in his debut at the Valspar and a T17 at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he closed strong with a pair of 69s over the weekend. The Italian isn't yet eligible for the Masters, so the pressure is on if he's going to make his sixth consecutive appearance in the season's first major.
Mar 24 - 12:16 AM

Francesco Molinari is licking his chops as he stares down PGA National's Champion Course ahead of this week's Honda Classic.

Last week's missed cut was the first for Molinari at a PGA TOUR event since the 2013 U.S. Open, spanning 18 tournaments. PGA National presents a great opportunity to bounce back as it rewards tee-to-green specialists. Gamers should not let one bad week scare them off the Italian this week.
Feb 24 - 8:59 PM

Francesco Molinari crafted a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach the 54-hole mark at 8-under 205.

Molinari began his day on the 10th hole at TPC Scottsdale with a 10'11" birdie and tacked on another at the par-5 13th. He stepped on the tee at the raucous par-3 16th and calmly landed his pitching wedge from 133 yards just past the cup and spun the ball back into the hole for an ace. The crowd went wild, throwing what appeared to be hundreds of beer cans onto the course. While things settled down at the hole, relatively speaking, the Italian didn't take his foot off the gas. He birdied the 17th, third and fifth holes to finish off a great round.
Jan 31 - 4:25 PM

Francesco Molinari tidied a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the final round of the Humana Challenge to finish the week at 19-under 269.

The Italian hit two-thirds of the greens in regulation today and converted five of those into birdies. His other two birdies came on hole outs, the first for par on the par-3 third and then again for birdie on the par-3 15th. The difference this week was La Quinta Country Club as he settled for a 1-under there while playing 18-under the rest of the tournament. Regardless, this will go in the books as a top 10 , the seventh of his PGA TOUR career.
Jan 25 - 7:31 PM

Francesco Molinari tackled PGA West's Nicklaus Private with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

The Italian took care of business today, offsetting one bogey with six birdies. He split 11 (of 14) fairways on the day and had no issues converting on that great positioning off the tee. Molinari enters Sunday at 14-under 202 and just three strokes off the leaders.
Jan 24 - 7:18 PM