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Name: - Francesco Molinari
Country: - Italy
Born : - November 8th, 1982 in Turin, Piedmont region, Italy.
Original Home/Club: - Torino GC (Circolo Golf Torino)
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2004
Web Address: - http://www.fmolinari.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - Nike, Titleist.

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

2018Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club271 (-17)US$1,166,660
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].
2018Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr6,041,521 ptssee Score
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.
2018Men AmericaQuicken Loans NatlTPC Potomac259 (-21)$1,278,000
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].
2018Men MajorsThe OpenCarnoustie276 (-18)$1,890,000
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].
2016Men EuropeItalian OpenMilano GC262 (-22)€500,000
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].
2012Men EuropeSpanish OpenSevilla, Real GC280 (-8)€333,330
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].
2010Men WGCWGC - ChampionsSheshan Intl.269 (-19)$1,200,000
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].
2006Men EuropeItalian OpenCastello Tolcinasco265 (-23)€233,330
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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