Who's who: Edoardo Molinari

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Who's who: Edoardo Molinari

  • Name:

    Edoardo Molinari
  • Country:

    Italy
  • Born:

    Feb 11, 1981 in Turin, Piedmont region, Italy.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Torino GC (Circolo Golf Torino)
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2006

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (2010). US Amateur champion (2005). Multiple wins on the European and Japan Tours. World Cup of Golf winner (2009), with brother Francesco Molinari.

Did you know?

The older of the two Molinari brothers by nearly two years, Edoardo turned professional two years after his brother Francesco. Growing up in a golfing family, both brothers had distinguished amateur careers, with Edoardo winning the prestigious US Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club in 2005. He turned professional in 2006, but only after completing a degree in engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

Five Challenge Tour wins in his early professional career paved the way for Edoardo to step up to the main European Tour. His winning ways continued in Japan in 2009 and twice in Scotland in 2010. He and brother Francesco also scooped the World Cup of Golf in China in 2009, and both played in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. Edoardo's career slowed over the next few years, with a recurring tendon problem in his left wrist requiring surgery and forcing periods of absence from playing golf.

Top tournaments won by Edoardo Molinari

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Edoardo

Score

283 (-9)

Prize money

€416,660

Title sponsor

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Played as the Hassan II Trophy (Apr 13-16; Eurpn Tr event). Molinari (Italy) beat Paul Dunne (Ire) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th) to record his first European Tour win since 2010. [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco]. Note: LET's Lalla Meryem Cup played at the same time on RGDES's Blue course.

2010
Europe
278 (-10)
€282,773
Johnnie Walker

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Edoardo

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

€282,773

Title sponsor

Johnnie Walker

Played as the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles (Aug 26-29). Second-placed Brett Rumford (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Molinari (Italy). [PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles, Perthshire].

2010
Europe
272 (-12)
€601,599
Barclays

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Edoardo

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

€601,599

Title sponsor

Barclays

Played as the Barclays Scottish Open (July 8-11). Second-placed Darren Clarke (N.Ire) finished 3 shots behind 29-year-old Edoardo Molinari (Italy), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].

2009
Japan
271 (-13)
¥40million
Dunlop

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Edoardo

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

¥40million

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 19-22; Japan Tr event). 18-year-old Molinari (Italy) beat Robert Karlsson (Swe) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record his first Japan Tour win. Molinari's first prize equated to US$440,000. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].

2007
Africa
274 (-6)
€25,600
Tusker

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Edoardo

Score

274 (-6)

Prize money

€25,600

Title sponsor

Tusker

Played as the Tusker Kenya Open (March 8-11; Eurpn Challenge Tr event). Second-placed James Kamte (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Molinari (Italy). [Karen CC, nr Nairobi, Kenya].

2005
Amateur
4 & 3
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Edoardo

Venue

Merion

Score

4 & 3

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Amateur Championship (105th) (Aug 22-28). Edoardo Molinari (Italy) beat Dillon Dougherty (USA) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Molinari was the first ever Italian and first European since 1911 to win the US Amateur title. Molinari came through preliminary qualifying to get into the finals. [East course, Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA].

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