Who's who: Francesco Molinari

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Who's who: Francesco Molinari

  • Name:

    Francesco Molinari
  • Country:

    Italy
  • Born:

    Nov 8, 1982 in Turin, Piedmont region, Italy.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Torino GC (Circolo Golf Torino)
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2004
  • Website:

    https://www.fmolinari.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (2018). Ryder Cup player (2010, '12, '18; first player to record a 5-0 score for Team Europe in a Ryder Cup). Multiple wins on the European Tour and PGA Tour. European Tour Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) winner (2018). World Cup of Golf winner (2009), with brother Edoardo Molinari.

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The younger of the two Molinari brothers by nearly two years, Francesco actually turned professional two years before his brother Edoardo (who choose to complete an engineering degree before turning pro). Growing up in a golfing family, both brothers enjoyed distinguished amateur careers, with Francesco winning the Italian Amateur Championship in 2002 and 2004 (Edoardo won it in 2001).

Francesco gained his 2005 European Tour card through Q-school, and notched up his first win in 2006. This emotional maiden victory came on home soil at the Italian Open, played in the Molinaris' neighbouring province of Lombardy. Two more wins followed in 2010 and 2012, while other chances to claim the Hong Kong, French and Scottish Open crowns slipped away in sudden-death playoffs.

In 2009 Francesco and brother Edoardo scooped the World Cup of Golf in China, becoming the first Italian team ever to win the Cup, and the only brothers to have won this presitious team event. The following year the Molinari brothers were again in action together in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

The biggest addition to Francesco's trophy cabinet came in 2018 when he took the Claret Jug home from The Open Championship held at Carnoustie. He also ended the year as the European Tour's Order of Merit winner.

Top tournaments won by Francesco Molinari

2019
America
276 (-12)
$1,638,000
Mastercard

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,638,000

Title sponsor

Mastercard

Played as the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (March 7-10). Second-placed Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Molinari (Italy), who recorded his third PGA Tour win, all of them coming in his last 12 starts on the Tour. [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

US$1,166,660

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW PGA Championship (May 24-27; first of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events, with prize fund now in US dollars). Second-placed Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind Molinari (Italy), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Eurpn Tr

Francesco Molinari (Italy) won the 2018 Seve Ballesteros Award as the European Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.

2018
America
259 (-21)
$1,278,000
Quicken Loans

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

259 (-21)

Prize money

$1,278,000

Title sponsor

Quicken Loans

Played as the Quicken Loans National (Jun 28-Jul 1). Second-placed Ryan Armour (USA) finished 8 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Molinari (Italy). Molinari shot a final round 8-under-par 62 to become the first Italian golfer since Toney Penna in 1947 to win a PGA Tour event. [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC].

2018
Awards
6,041,521 pts
US$1,250,000
Race to Dubai

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Venue

Score

6,041,521 pts

Prize money

US$1,250,000

Title sponsor

Race to Dubai

Molinari (Italy) received the Harry Vardon Trophy and a US$1,250,000 bonus as the European Tour 2018 Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) winner. He accumulated 6,041,521 points during the season (points equate to euros won, with Eurpn Tr winnings paid in $ or £ converted to euros). Second was Patrick Reed (USA) with 4,713,351 pts, plus bonus of $750,000. Third was Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) with 4,399,755 pts, plus bonus of $600,000.

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Hilton

Molinari (Italy) won the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour and golfing media.

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

276 (-18)

Prize money

$1,890,000

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (147th) (July 19-22). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng), Rory McIlroy (N.Ire), Kevin Kisner (USA) and Xander Schauffele (USA) finished 2 shots behind 35-year-old Molinari (Italy), who recorded his first major championship win. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].

2016
Europe
262 (-22)
€500,000
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Venue

Milano

Score

262 (-22)

Prize money

€500,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open d'Italia (Sept 15-18). Second-placed Danny Willett (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Molinari (Italy), who won his national open title for the second time. [Milano GC, Villasanta, Monza, nr Milan].

2012
Europe
280 (-8)
€333,330
Reale Seguros

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

€333,330

Title sponsor

Reale Seguros

Played as the Reale Seguros Open de España (May 3-6). Second-placed Alejandro Cañizares (Esp), Pablo Larrazábal (Esp) and Søren Kjeldsen (Den) finished 3 shots behind Molinari (Italy). [Real (Royal) GC, Sevilla, Andalucia].

2010
WGC
269 (-19)
$1,200,000
HSBC

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$1,200,000

Title sponsor

HSBC

Played as the WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov 4-7; co-sanctioned by world's leading mens professional tours). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Molinari (Italy). [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].

2006
Europe
265 (-23)
€233,330
Telecom Italia

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Molinari, Francesco

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

€233,330

Title sponsor

Telecom Italia

Played as the Telecom Italia Open (May 4-7). Second-placed Anders Hansen (Den) and Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) finished 4 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Molinari (Italy), the first home-country winner of the Italian Open since 1980. [Castello Tolcinasco GC, Pieve Emanuele, nr Milan].

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