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Francesco Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 159

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Francesco Molinari will take a pass on this week's Valero Texas Open, citing a shoulder problem. He is expecting to return at the Wells Fargo Championship in a few weeks.
The Italian was up and down last week at Harbour Town, ultimately finishing in solo 49th. Responding to a fan on Twitter, Molinari (roughly translated from Italian) said, "Yes, I had a shoulder problem at Heritage and I preferred not to risk it. I'm very sorry I'm not in Texas, but I'll get back to Wells Fargo." This sounds like a very precautionary pre-tournament WD. Gamers should remove him from their weekly lineups but have no worries trotting him back out the next time he pegs it. Apr 16 - 2:50 PM

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Francesco Molinari is 4-for-6 in the Masters and will look to improve on his previous best of tied 19th when he heads back to ANGC.

It's fair to say that the Italian has found the course a very tough challenge, breaking 70 just once in 20 laps. That opening 69 in 2012 helped him collect his only top 20 while he's managed just a single round under par in his next two best performances, T30 in 2010 (R1 70) and T33 last year (R3 71). His stats tell the story we'd expect. Molinari, a fine iron player, has twice finished top six for greens in regulation but his weakness on the greens is highlighted by the stat that he's never averaged under 30 putts per round for the week at Augusta National. With current form of 17-26-25, the Ryder Cup star is in decent shape but it's hard not to think he has a ceiling at this venue so perhaps his appeal is limited.
Apr 1 - 10:44 AM

Francesco Molinari made it two wins out of two at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play thanks to a 3-and-2 victory over Luke List in Thursday's Group 2 clash at Austin Country Club.

The Italian now stands on the brink of reaching the last 16 in this event for the first time after seven previous failures. However, in his final pool match he'll have to overcome the imposing figure of second seed Justin Thomas, who also moved to 2-0-0 after beating Patton Kizzire. Molinari, seeded 21, had birdies at 3, 5, 6 and 7 on the opening nine but ended it all-square as List stayed with him thanks to some fine play of his own. With a 44-foot bomb at 10, Molinari regained the lead and he took his birdie count to seven on the day with red numbers at 14 (24 feet) and 16 to end List's resistance. He'll hope to keep that putter hot against Thomas tomorrow.
Mar 22 - 7:36 PM

Francesco Molinari will look to turn around a poor record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he heads to Austin Country Club in Texas this week.

The Italian hasn't gone past the last 32 in seven attempts and his misery at this event continued last year when he was hampered by a wrist injury and had to concede his final match after losing his first two. It's perhaps harsh to judge him on that week but an overall career singles record of 11-15-2 shows that this hasn't been the best format for him even though he halved his singles against Tiger Woods at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Molinari was T26 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday following T25 in the WGC-Mexico Championship so his game is in decent shape but his task here looks a tough one with only the winner progressing from a Group 2 which features second seed Justin Thomas. Patton Kizzire (48) and Luke List (60) are his other two rivals.
Mar 20 - 7:20 PM

Francesco Molinari was T20 in the inaugural WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec last year and is again in the field for the second edition.

The Italian couldn't get much going over the first three days but jumped 18 spots up the leaderboard with a Sunday 66. Last year's runner-up Tommy Fleetwood mentioned in his press conference on Tuesday that the tree-lined layout reminded him of some tracks in Italy so perhaps Molinari has an added comfort level here and we'll see more of it this time. The concern for gamers is that he's been a little flat so far in 2018. The European Ryder Cup player was T45 at Torrey Pines and T40 at TPC Scottsdale but opened with a 77 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open two weeks ago despite recovering a little with a second-round 69.
Feb 28 - 2:01 PM

Francesco Molinari made quick work of Torrey Pines South, coasting to a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Molinari split seven (of 14) fairways and landed 10 greens in regulation today, failing to get up-and-down on just one of those eight scrambling chances. The flat stick never warmed up for the Italian, as his longest conversion came in the form of a 7'8" par-saver. After a pair of over-par rounds in his 2016 debut, Molinari has now rattled off five straight rounds in red numbers here at Torrey Pines. Making his first appearance of 2018, there appears to be no signs of rust.
Jan 25 - 5:34 PM

Francesco Molinari will make his first start of the 2018 calendar year as he preps for this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

The Italian was last seen at the Hero World Challenge in early December, finishing 8th in the limited, 18-man field. Resting for nearly two months, his form will be a bit of a question mark this week. Last year, he opened his year with a T12 at the CareerBuilder before coming to Torrey Pines and rattling off a T14. As we often see, Molinari showed remarkable consistency last year, posting all four rounds in red numbers. That was a big improvement over his 2016 Farmers debut where he posted 75-73=148 (+4) to miss the cut. His lack of length and lack of recent results makes him a boom-or-bust play for gamers this week.
Jan 24 - 5:19 PM

Francesco Molinari danced around the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, carding a sparkling 7-under-par 33-32=65 which vaulted him into T5 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on 3-under 213.

For two days it had been a reward-free grind for the Italian as he could find only five birdies to make up for nine bogeys yet everything changed on Saturday. He made not one error and between the fifth and the 16th holes he made seven birdies. There were three pairs of red numbers, at 5 and 6, 9 and 10, then 13 and 14 before the final tick at 16. Twelve months ago he played the first 36 holes in 4-over, the second in 8-under. He's on track to improve on that this year. He won the 2012 Open de Espana from four back after 54 holes so will aim to go one better on Sunday as he currently lies five back of the potentially vulnerable leader Scott Jamieson.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 09:23:00 AM

Francesco Molinari took victory in the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions in China and slots in at eighth on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week's edition at Sheshan International.

The win seven years ago helped Molinari end the campaign in a career-best fifth spot on the RTD but he could challenge or better that given the significant purses here and at the final three events of the season. The Ryder Cup star returns on the back of T6 in defense of his Italian Open title earlier this month while his T2 at the PGA Championship, his best finish in the majors, is still fresh in the memory. One other key to Molinari's chances this week is how well he performs on the greens at Sheshan. Never a strong suit normally, he topped the Putts Per Round stats when winning in 2010 and three other appearances in the PPR standings there have helped him build course form of 9-10-1-23-21-6.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 08:37:00 AM

Defending champion Francesco Molinari remains in contention for back-to-back Italian Open titles thanks to a five-under-par 33-33=66 to move to 15-under at Golf Club Milano, which has him poised to strike at T2 heading into Sunday.

Molinari, who came out on top following a duel with Danny Willett last year having also won his national title in 2006, exuded tee-to-green control in a stress-free round which ended with a long-range two-putt at the tricky 18th hole. A closing par from leader Matt Wallace means Molinari will start the final round two behind as he seeks to become the first man to successfully defend this title since it became a sanctioned European Tour event. A victory would also see Molinari close in on his career-high world ranking of 14th, from his current perch of 18th.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Francesco Molinari's hopes of defending his Italian Open title at Golf Club Milano remain on track after the local hero added a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to his opening 64 to reach 10-under 132 at the 36-hole mark.

He'll head into second half of the tournament in solo fifth and only three behind leaders Marcus Fraser and Matt Wallace. Last year's winner had nine birdies in Thursday's lap and added six more today. They came at 2, 8 and 9 on his front nine and in a burst of three at 13, 14 and 15 on the back. To the frustration of his home galleries, he also swallowed bogeys at 3, 10 and 17 and it's those mistakes (he has five squares so far) that are threatening to halt his defense. He said: "It wasn't easy but everyone was obviously willing me to do well and I tried to stay calm and stay in my own bubble. I did that pretty well. So yeah, a different day than yesterday obviously. Things didn't come as easy as yesterday but I fought well. I hit some good golf shots and I want to do better tomorrow."
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Local hero and defending champion Francesco Molinari provided plenty of thrills for his home crowd by shooting a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in his first round at the Italian Open, good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead.

Molinari shot 22-under to win by a shot last year and today's opening lap at Golf Club Milano was a stroke better than his opening 65 which paved the way for victory. The Italian started his day at 10 and followed birdie at 11 with three straight numbers at 14, 15 and 16. A chip-in birdie secured another red number at 18 and he almost holed out for bunker for eagle at the first. That tap-in circle was followed by another at 2 and he took his birdie count to nine with further gains at 6 and 9, the latter earning him a share of the lead with Kiradech Aphibarnat, Alexader Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson. There were two bogeys on his card also after he failed to get up and down at 3 and 8 but Molinari is nicely in position to try and win this tournament for a third time.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 08:14:00 AM

Two-time Italian Open champion Francesco Molinari will defend his 2016 title at the Golf Club Milano in Parco Reale di Monza this week.

Reflecting on his win last year, Molinari told the New York Times this week: "The long game can take you only so far. You can be in contention and have good finishes more often than other people, but when it comes to crunch time you have to make the putts at the right time." We didn't need telling but, in other words, he knows what we all see: he's supreme tee to green, but needs a good week on the greens to make the most of it. He's missed just one of his home Opens this century and collected 11 top 25s, with five top tens (including the pair of wins). Twice he has been second heading into the final round without winning. In six of his last seven starts he has been ranked T7 or better after 18 holes. He loves the tournament basically. Form? Second in the PGA Championship (a first major top five) and T12 in the BMW Championship on his last start.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 08:07:00 AM

Francesco Molinari soared up the leaderboard in round two of the BMW Championship, firing a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 to position himself inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard at 9-under 133.

The Italian split just five (of 14) fairways and lost 2.019 strokes approaching-the-green but still managed a clean card. It was stellar short game that did the trick, splahing home a trio of putts from the 9-to-11 foot range in addition to a 34'6" hole out for birdie at the par-5 8th. Playing in his second FedExCup Playoffs, Molinari is making his course (and tournament) debut at Conway Farms but having no troubles learning the ropes. Opening the week ranked 42nd in the FEC standings, he'll need to keep his foot on the gas for two more days.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 03:19:00 PM

World No. 21 Francesco Molinari painted a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the 99th PGA Championship to reach 6-under 278, up two places on the live leaderboard to solo 5th, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead and matching the low round of the day thus far with three others. UPDATE: With play completed, Molinari finished a career-TOUR-best T2, two back of champion Justin Thomas..

After kicking off in 73-64-74, the 34-year-old began T7 on 2-under, five back of 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner. Playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.178 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.813 tee-to-green. The Italian squared two bogeys at Nos. 10 (3-putt from 35'0") and 16, offset by six birdies at 1, 7, 11, 12, 14 and 15, three from between 10 and 16 feet, adding a 27-footer from off the green at the par-5 15th. He posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.971 SG: Putting, taking 26 total putts. This was Molinari's ninth PGA, third top 25 and second top 10 (T10 in 2009 debut). Overall, it was his 33rd major and third top 10, eclipsing a previous-best T9 at the 2013 Open (Muirfield).
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 06:18:00 PM