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Edoardo Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 2/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 163

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Edoardo Molinari won an extraordinary match against Robert Karlsson at the sixth extra hole and now looks forward to a clash with Ashley Chesters in round two of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.
A clash between two Ryder Cup veterans at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria was tense if not always of the highest quality. The front nine was nip and tuck. Karlsson claimed 3, 5 and 8 with an eagle-3, birdie-3 and birdie-4, losing 4 and 6 to a birdie-2 and par-4. The next five holes were all halved before Molinari’s birdie-2 and par-4 at 14 and 15 was enough to take a 1-up lead. The real drama had not yet begun however. First of all Karlsson won the 18th with a double bogey-6 (repeat: won with a double bogey). Then the two needed a further six holes to separate themselves. The 24 holes required in total is a tournament record. Aug 17 - 9:39 AM

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Edoardo Molinari heads to the The Rocco Forte Open looking to sharpen up his record on home soil, albeit off the coast, on the island of Sicily at Verdura GC.

The Italian was last seen finishing T70-MC on the mini China Swing but we can forgive him that, right? The week before he won the Trophee Hassan II, thus ending a draining run of poor form that stretched back to his previous top five finish, T4 in the 2014 Wales Open. That result is partially of note because the Celtic Manor 2010 uses 10 holes of the old Wentwood Hills track which was designed by this week’s course supremo Kyle Phillips whilst he worked for RTJ Sr. Molinari has an odd record in his home country. He missed seven of his first nine cuts (and never better than T68). Then his next ten starts reaped eight top 30s including two wins (on the Challenge Tour). Since when (post-2012) he’s back to old ways (2-for-4, best of T59).
May 15 - 10:19 AM

Edoardo Molinari won the 2017 Trophee Hassan II after his final round of 5-under-par 36-32=68 set a target of 9-under 283 that Paul Dunne later matched, before the Italian’s par on the first extra hole at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam earned him the title.

After visits to Q School at the end of 2015 and 2016, this result marks a wonderful return to form for the two-time winner on the 2010 European Tour. Indeed, it is his first top five finish since the Wales Open of September 2014 and he earned it in some style, even if the play-off victory was a little scrappy (he found a greenside trap in two, flew the green, got up and down for par to Dunne’s bogey). Ahead of the extra holes the Italian made an exciting start with a run of bogey-birdie-birdie-bogey before becoming becalmed for six holes. However in that period he lost no ground on the leaders and now he tracked them down. A birdie-eagle spell at 11 and 12 was superb, but repeating the trick on 17 and 18 (having made bogey at 16) was sensational. His tee shot at the 225-yard par-3 17th left him 8’0" and he drained it. At the par-5 final hole he found green in two, leaving himself 25’0" for the eagle and it never looked in doubt.
Apr 16 - 1:47 PM

Edoardo Molinari has missed his last two cuts and will look to get back on track when the European Tour heads to Australia for the inaugural ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in Australia.

Perhaps a change of format (this new event features 54 holes of stroke play and then a day of match play) will provide the spark for the Italian after he failed to cash in Malaysia and Qatar. Those MCs were actually a surprise given that he'd returned to form on his previous two starts with T14 in Hong Kong and T7 in January's South African Open (his first top 10 since September 2014). Molinari has played eight competitive rounds at Lake Karrinyup although never broken 70. He managed T28 on debut in 2012 but didn't make the weekend in either 2014 or 2016.
Feb 15 - 3:13 AM

After recording his first top 10 since September 2014 with T7 in the South African Open two weeks ago, Edoardo Molinari will hope to build on that confidence booster at this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The former Ryder Cup star and U.S. Amateur champ had to go back to Q-School at the end of last year but came through it in T2. Fuelled by winning his playing privileges back, the Italian posted T14 in the Hong Kong Open and then cracked the top 10 in South Africa where he surged through the field with a third-round 63. This will be his fifth start in Doha and he's made the cut twice in four appearances. Molinari was T24 in 2010, the same year he played in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, and after making halfway exits in 2013 and 2014 he shot all four rounds under par to take T33 in 2015. He was seventh for GIR in South Africa so gamers could legitimately view him as a sleeper pick here.
Jan 25 - 6:05 AM

Edoardo Molinari torched Glendower GC on Saturday, eventually carding a flawless course record-equalling 9-under-par 33-30=63, good enough for T5 on 12-under 204, five back of the leader Graeme Storm heading into the final round.

The Italian has endured a tough two and a half years, stretching back to his T4 in the Wales Open of late 2014. Since then he has made 54 starts and never returned to the top ten. But his last start, T14 in the Hong Kong Open, was his best effort in that run and he's now on track to improve on it. If the front nine was solidly impressive, with red numbers at the 2nd, 6th and 8th, the back nine was all fireworks. He blitzed five straight birdies from the 11th and added another for good measure at the 17th. He shares T5 with five others and they not only trail Storm, but Rory McIlroy who remains the favorite, in solo second, three back of the leader.
Jan 14 - 9:39 AM

Edoardo Molinari heads down under hoping to arrest a career downswing; he tees it up in the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort this week.

Whilst brother Francesco has racked up 12 consecutive years on the European Tour without once coming close to losing his card (worst finish 86th as a rookie; seven times in the top 25), poor Edoardo has endured a boom or bust career that has taken in U.S. Amateur success, a lost card, a record-breaking year on the Challenge Tour, five worldwide wins in a year, dramatic Ryder Cup qualification … and, most recently, two consecutive seasons of losing his card. The good news is that both times he returned to Q School and got it back, but he'll be desperate for some solidity in his career and makes the trip down under looking for a good start to 2017. Alas he missed the cut here 12 months ago and is a mere 1-for-4 in Australia. He last made a top ten at the Wales Open in September 2014.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 05:27:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari painted a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in round one of the Open de France and is just two shots off the pace after Thursday's play.

There was already one Molinari on the leaderboard when Edoardo set out and he matched brother Francesco with a lap of Le Golf National which featured five birdies against two bogeys. The Italian sandwiched circles at 14 and 16 between bogeys at 12 and 18 on his opening nine and then made his move coming home by splashing red at 2, 3 and 5. He missed just 4 greens in regulation on his afternoon loop after splitting 8 (of 14) fairways. This is a continuation of some much improved by the former Ryder Cup star. Molinari missed his first eight cuts of the season but has cashed in six of his last seven tournaments with a best of T12 at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 03:42:00 PM

Edoardo Molinari tees it up in the Lyoness Open at Diamond CC needing a good week to kick start his season.

Heading into the heart of the season the Italian was punch-drunk from a horror run of 9 missed weekends, but he followed it with 4 weekends on the bounce from mid-April to late May. But a missed cut last week in Sweden was a return to the bad ways. He has no course form but he was T4 in the Kärnten Golf Open on the Challenge Tour back in 2009, the year he topped that circuit’s rankings. Now languishing at 721 in the world rankings, he was 158th on last year’s Race to Dubai and is currently plotting a similar path at 161st. It’s a long way from his career high 2010 season when he finished 11th and was part of the European Ryder Cup team.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 06:26:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari made progress Friday at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open with a level-par 35-37=72, leaving him T10 on level-par for the week.

It might only be very relative, but the Italian is showing some signs of a return to form after 14 months of golfing hell. You have to go back to the Tshwane Open in March 2015 for his last top 40 finish in a strokeplay event and he missed 9 straight cuts during the end of 2015/start of 2016 seasons. It was a bleak time and because of it when he notched T42 in the Open de Espana and T47 in the Trophee Hassan II it had to be deemed a success of sorts - as does this effort so far at Four Seasons GC. He opened and closed his round with birdies (at 10 and 1, having played the back nine first), squared 4 bogey numbers and the highlight was an eagle-3 at the par-5 13th hole.
Fri, May 13, 2016 09:53:00 AM

These are bleak days for the 2008 U.S. Amateur champion Edoardo Molinari who hopes for a fresh start in New Delhi at the Hero Indian Open.

The Molinaris are a curious enigma: Edoardo won the amateur plaudits, Francesco has been the consistent professional. And as Francesco again looks to play his way onto the European Ryder Cup team, Edoardo is left aiming at much lower targets. Indeed, just making a cut would be a start. He’s currently 0-for-8 and it’s actually worse than that because he has not cracked the top 50 since a T15 at Tshwane Open in this week last year - and at the risk of pouring yet more misery on his shoulders that is his only top 20 finish since he was T4 in the Wales Open in September 2014. There is a touch of good news however: back in 2011 he did finish T15 here at Delhi GC.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 12:22:00 PM

After coming through Q School, Edoardo Molinari heads to South Africa to contest the 2016 European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The former Ryder Cup star could only finish 158th on the 2015 Race to Dubai but, at Q School, he found the answers. It looked touch and go but in the final round of the six-lap slog he came home in 4-under 32 to finish T24 and grab one of the prized 27 cards that were handed out. The Italian will be playing this event for the sixth time so knows Leopard Creek well. He's only 2-for-5 but did post T15 in 2009.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 04:42:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari sits at 146th on the Race To Dubai heading into this week's M2M Russian Open in Moscow.

At his best, the Italian would be one of the fancied runners at Skolkovo Golf Club but continues to struggle for consistency. He has made his last two cuts but closed with a 75 to slip to T53 in the European Masters in Switzerland and a Sunday 76 left him T81 in the Made In Denmark two weeks ago. The qualification process for the 2016 Ryder Cup begins this week so, perhaps fuelled by his memories of playing in the 2010 edition at Celtic Manor, Molinari can bank some early points. He's taken part in this tournament just once but missed the cut in the 2008 event.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 09:03:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari is part of the 64-man field contesting this week's inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament at Murcar Links GC in Scotland.

The Italian is struggling for form ahead of the new event on the calendar and his last seven starts show five missed cuts and two other finishes outside the top 50. He did open 67-68 in Switzerland last week but couldn't keep it going. He'll be hoping a return to the matchplay format will trigger memories of being on the 2010 European Ryder Cup team. He was 4-up on Rickie Fowler with four to play in the Sunday singles before the American produced an incredible fightback to halve the match but Europe's narrow victory meant Molinari left Wales on a high. In other matchplay events since then, he's played three singles and won one, lost one and halved one.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 04:37:00 AM

Edoardo Molinari heads to Switzerland this week to make his 10th appearance in the Omega European Masters at Club Crans-sur-Sierre.

The Italian's course form divides neatly into two parts. He missed the cut four times in his first five visits and was T56 the only time he did play the weekend. But in 2009 the penny dropped and he found a way to navigate the picturesque venue located high in the Swiss Alps. That year he finished T14, he was runner-up in 2010, T12 in 2011 and, after a two-year break, returned in 2014 to post T13. He'll hope the mountain air will inspire him again this week as Molinari has missed five of his last six cuts on the European Tour, a run that includes a halfway exit at last week's Open Championship.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 04:54:00 PM