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Edoardo Molinari |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 163
College: University of Torino

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A pair of 66s has put Edoardo Molinari on course for a big weekend challenge at the Tshwane Open.
The Italian had been in a slump after failing to break 70 in his last six tournaments but matched his opening lap of Pretoria CC with a 4-under-par 34-32=66 to reach 8-under 132 at the midpoint. When he finished his morning round, that was good enough for tied third -- three behind leader Adrian Otaegui. Molinari kept a bogey off his card on Friday, allowing him to make maximum advantage of his four par breakers. They came in two sets, the first at 18 and 1 and the second at 8 and 9. Mar 13 - 6:33 AM

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A round in the 60s might be the first goal for Edoardo Molinari in this week's Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC in South Africa.

The Italian hasn't broken 70 in his last six tournaments and, as you'd expect, his results in that period have been modest. He's cashed four times but not managed better than T33. Molinari carded a 65 in last year's Tshwane Open and finished T10 so might feel a little frustrated that the tournament has moved to a new venue this year. The former Ryder Cup star has never played at Pretoria CC although finishing sixth in greens in regulation in last week's Africa Open suggests he might go well at a venue with small putting surfaces.
Mar 10 - 4:15 PM

Edoardo Molinari has never missed a cut in the Joburg Open but will want to put in a bigger challenge this week.

The Italian was an encouraging T8 on debut in 2007 but, despite continuing to cash, last year's T37 is his only other finish in the top 50. Molinari's current form also requires a jolt. He's made seven of his last eight worldwide cuts but doesn't own a top 25 in that period. In fact, he's not broken 70 in his last 15 rounds. He has a great chance to put that right on the easier West course where he's carded a 64 and two 65s in past appearances. To fight for the trophy, though, he'll need to raise his game on the tougher East course which stages three of the four rounds.
Feb 24 - 8:27 AM

Italy's Edoardo Molinari will attempt to become the third successive player from Continental Europe to win the South African Open.

Denmark's Morten Ørum Madsen and Sweden's Henrik Stenson have won the last two runnings of a tournament previously dominated by home players. Molinari is coming off a solid season on the European Tour in which he finished 40th on The Race To Dubai - his best performance since his breakout 2010 when he won twice to secure a wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. Molinari was T52 at this week's venue (Glendower GC) last season but finished fourth in his previous South African Open appearance at Pearl Valley in 2009.
Jan 6 - 6:52 AM

Edoardo Molinari submitted a 5-under-par 31-35=66 for his opening round of the 96th PGA Championship.

He made noise right out of the gates with a 26-foot birdie conversion at the par-4 first hole. Molinari added six birdies against two bogeys the rest of the way. His other notable birdie measured 23'6" at the par-4 ninth. He also poured in a par save from 10'2" at the par-4 15th. At the time he signed his card, he sat one stroke back of the clubhouse co-leaders. And at last check, he led the field in strokes gained-putting at 3.540.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 02:44:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari signed for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the final round of The Open Championship to nab a top-10 finish at 11-under 277.

The elder Molinari brother circled five birdies and handed back a lone bogey on his navigation of Royal Liverpool in his best result in this event. His previous highlight in the season's third major came in 2010, when he tied for 27th at St. Andrews. This completes a comeback that saw Molinari fall all the way to 280th in the Official World Golf Ranking late in 2013.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 01:14:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari spun a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of The Open Championship to reach the 54-hole mark inside the top 10 at 7-under 209.

While his younger brother, Francesco, stole the headlines by earning a spot in the final threesome of the day, it was the Edoardo that made the move up the leaderboard. The elder circled birdies on each of his first two holes, including a chip-in on the par-4 second, and eventually outpaced his two bogeys with six birdies. After falling off the map for a while, Edoardo has improved to 146th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking and stands to move even higher with solid final round.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari settled for a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in his second round of The Open Championship.

Today was setting up to be the polar opposite of Thursday's 68, but the Italian managed to connect birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to help ease the sting of three earlier bogeys. A walk-off bogey-6 at 18 hurt and guaranteed an earlier tee time on Saturday, but at 3-under 141, he's just two strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 12:24:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari spun a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of The Open Championship, good for a piece of the clubhouse lead.

The Italian continues to claw his way back into our stream of consciousness following a wrist injury and surgery nearly a year ago. Today at Royal Liverpool, he split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation. The air show yielded five birdies, including on each of the three par 5s on his inward nine. His only gaffe occurred at the par-4 12th, which he bogeyed. Molinari entered the tournament 4-for-4 in its history, but he's yet to crack a top 25.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 07:45:00 AM

The top three golfers inside the top 10 at the Irish Open not otherwise exempt into The Open Championship have earned exemptions into the season's third major.

We're at that time of year when The Open Championship begins plucking high finishers from a series of set events. The Irish Open is the first in line. Champion Mikko Ilonen was already eligible for the major, so runner-up Edoardo Molinari punched the first ticket to Royal Liverpool. He's 4-for-4 in the tournament, but hasn't cracked a top 25. The Italian hasn't played in it since 2011 because he had two surgeries on his left hand in two years. All three golfers sharing third place at Fota Island Resort in Country Cork today were not yet eligible, thus forcing the tiebreaker provision of rewarding those with the highest Official World Golf Ranking. As a result, Danny Willett (132nd) and Matthew Baldwin (256th), both from England, get the call over Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg (378th). Willett is 1-for-2 with a T13 in last year's Open. Baldwin tied for 23rd in his only appearance in 2012.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 12:17:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter on Tuesday that he scheduled surgery on his left thumb, effectively ending his 2013 season.

In a series of three tweets, Molinari wrote: "On Thursday [Aug. 1] I will have to undergo surgery in my left thumb. I don't have any other choices to go back to playing golf as well as I want to. ... My 2013 season ends here, I will have to work hard to come back to where I want to be, it will be a long and tough road but I'll get there! ... What upsets me the most is not being able to play the @ItalianOpen on the course where I grew up. I'll be back in 2014 as motivated as ever!" Dr. Andrew Weiland in New York City performed the procedure. He's the same surgeon that repaired the wrists of Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Trevor Immelman in recent years. Molinari was sidelined for 13 weeks in 2012 after having surgery on his left wrist. In 20 starts since, he's missed 11 cuts and logged only one top-15 finish (solo second, Malaysian Open). Since he's not a member of the PGA TOUR and 193rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, we will leave him off our Injury Report.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari accelerated his plan to get healthy, scheduling surgery on his wrist for today.

When we last checked in on the Italian in February, he was hoping to wait until fall to undergo surgery. However, in recent weeks, he led on via Twitter that surgery was imminent. On June 1, he wrote that the Nordea Masters (where he tied for 30th) might be his last event of the summer. Indeed, it was. On June 9, he tweeted: "Last round of the summer for me today. Wrist surgery coming in 2 weeks and I'll be fit and ready to go by the end September!" Today he wrote: "Nice wake up after the surgery, watching Federer putting up a masterclass in the first round of Wimbledon! Everything went well by the way!" As a non-member of the PGA TOUR and well outside the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking, we will leave him off our Injury Report.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 01:36:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari updated his Twitter followers today with good news from his doctors as it relates to his wrist.

Molinari tweeted: "Thanks to for all the nice tweets for my wrist. The plan is to play until Sept/Oct and then get the surgery done to be 100% fit for 2013! ... Good news is that the doctors said that I cannot do any more damages, so I will not have any fear, maybe just a little pain here and there!" What shouldn't be lost in this information is that he's in the minority of golfers that share it with the public. The lesson is to ride his opinion as it relates to the injury; that is, he's willing to deal with occasional discomfort but he's not going to allow it to affect his mindset. As a result, he sets up as a mild sleeper in formats where he's a fixture.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 04:15:00 PM

In a series of tweets, Edoardo Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter that he'll be scheduling wrist surgery later this year.

The Italian wrote: "Finally found out what's wrong with my wrist. A small piece of bone that shouldn't be there gets stuck in the joint and needs to be removed. ... I will have to undergo surgery at some point in the future and stay away from tournaments for 3 months...but then I'll finally be pain-free! ... I'll play most of the season and then I'll decide a good timing for the surgery later in the year depending on how the season will progress!" Molinari was a member of Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2010. He's since faded from the scene -- now 83rd in the world ranking due to just two top 10s worldwide in 2011. However, this is valuable information should you own him in European Tour games.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari downed Martin Laird 3 and 2 in the Jones bracket in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Although the Italian won his opening hole, Laird snuck out to a 2-up lead after six holes. It didn't last long as Molinari then won five of the next seven, all with birdies. They both finished bogey-birdie-par before Laird ran out of holes. Molinari will face Ryder Cup teammate, Luke Donald, in the second round on Thursday.
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 02:49:00 PM