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Edoardo Molinari

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 163

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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. Nov 29 - 5:27 AM

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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.
Jun 30 - 3:42 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.
Jun 7 - 6:26 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.
May 13 - 9:53 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.
Mar 14 - 12:22 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

Edoardo Molinari is 5-for-5 at The Open Championship and heads to St. Andrews in Sotland this week for another crack.

That run includes a T60 as an amateur in the 2005 edition at St. Andrews and also a T27 at the Old Course in 2010. He put up his best Open result when T7 at Hoylake 12 months ago. The older Molinari brother is having a disappointing season and sits a lowly 156th on the Race To Dubai after missing four of his last five cuts. For his third Open at St. Andrews he'll head out at 15:29 local time alongside England's James Morrison and Frenchman Romain Wattel.
Source: TheOpen.com
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 08:03:00 AM

On a contrasting day for the Molinari brothers, Edoardo was forced to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship with a hand injury.

The Italian had slumped to 8-over after 16 holes before informing his playing partners he couldn't go on and calling it a day. He tweeted, "I had to pull out from @BMWPGA. I hit the side of my hand a few days ago and I struggle to grip the club. I hope it's nothing too serious!" Meanwhile, younger brother Francesco toured Wentworth in just 65 shots and leads the tournament by two shots.
Thu, May 21, 2015 03:12:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 06:33:00 AM

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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 04:15:00 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.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 08:27:00 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.
Tue, Jan 6, 2015 06:52:00 AM