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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 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

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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.
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

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