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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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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

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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

With birdies at his final three holes Edoardo Molinari recorded a one-stroke victory over Brett Rumford in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Molinari played in the final group with his brother, Francesco, who was the overnight leader. Edoardo bogeyed the par-4 14th, forcing something special to happen down the stretch. And it did. After a birdie at the par-5 16th, he rolled in a long-range right-to-left bender for birdie at the par-3 17th to catch Rumford, who was already in the clubhouse at 9-under-par 279. At the par-5 18th, Edoardo chipped his third to within tap-in range to secure his second career European Tour victory (both in Scotland) at 10-under 278. At 1:30 p.m. ET today, Colin Montgomerie announced that the Italian was one of three wildcard selections for the Ryder Cup in Wales.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010 12:25:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari carded a 3-over-par 38-36=74 in the final round of the Scottish Open, recording a three-stroke victory with an aggregate 12-under 272.

Molinari began the day with a one-stroke lead over Darren Clarke, who closed with a 76, and a seven-stroke bulge over his brother, Francesco Molinari and Peter Hedblom, both of whom shot a 72 today. Raphael Jacquelin finished alone in third place following a Sunday 68; he was four strokes back of the winner. It's Edoardo's first European Tour victory. He's now fully exemption on the circuit through 2013.
Sun, Jul 11, 2010 01:08:00 PM