Edoardo Molinari

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Edoardo Molinari
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Edoardo Molinari
Born (1981-02-11) 11 February 1981 (age 33)
Turin, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  Italy
Residence Turin, Italy
Spouse Anna Roscio
Career
Turned professional 2006
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Challenge Tour 5 (tied 5th all time)
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T11: 2011
U.S. Open T47: 2010
The Open Championship T7: 2014
PGA Championship T33: 2010
Achievements and awards
Challenge Tour
Rankings winner
2009

Edoardo Molinari (born 11 February 1981) is an Italian professional golfer. He is a two-time winner on the European Tour, 2005 U.S. Amateur champion, 2009 Challenge Tour Rankings leader, winner, with his brother Francesco, of the 2009 World Cup and a member of the 2010 European Ryder Cup winning team. He has won professional tournaments on four of six continents on which golf is played: Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Background[edit]

Molinari was born in Turin to Micaela, a now retired architect, and Paolo Molinari, a dentist. He began to accompany his father to the golf course at age eight. Molinari speaks fluent English and Spanish in addition to Italian.[1] In spring 2012, he married his longtime girlfriend, Anna Roscio, at a church ceremony in Turin. Roscio caddied for Molinari at the 2010 Masters Par-3 Tournament.[2] Denis Pugh, of London, serves as a swing coach to both Molinari brothers. He postponed retirement to work with the Molinari brothers, and he helped to rebuild Edoardo's swing, moving from hitting predominantly draws to fading the ball.[1]

Molinari is nicknamed "Dodo" because his younger brother, Francesco, could not pronounce "Edoardo" as a child.[1] He continues to live in Turin and to represent his home club, Circolo Golf Torino. His interests include the Juventus Football (soccer) club and the Internet.[3] He is considered one of the most emotional players on the European Tour and one of the most attractive players on the tour.[4] He is also considered very popular with his fellow competitors on tour, many of whom advocated his selection to the 2010 European Ryder Cup team.[5]

Molinari is now working with Irish caddie Colin Byrne, who has earned 20 wins with other golfers such as South African major champion Retief Goosen.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

During a distinguished amateur career, Molinari won several national championships. The undisputed highlight of his amateur career came in 2005, when he became the first Italian and the first Continental European to win the U.S. Amateur. He claimed the title by holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the 33rd hole to win 4 & 3 over the American Dillon Dougherty.[7] As a result of that victory, Molinari qualified to play in the 2006 U.S. Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.[8] His younger brother Francesco, who is also a professional golfer, caddied for him at that year's Masters.

Professional career[edit]

Molinari turned professional in 2006, after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Turin with a degree in engineering. In 2007 he won the Club Colombia Masters and the Tusker Kenya Open on Europe's developmental Challenge Tour.[9] The two victories and his consistent play led to a 16th place finish on the season-long money list. That success enabled him to play on the top level European Tour during the 2008 season. Molinari's play was uneven during that season due to a wrist injury, and he was unable to retain his playing privileges in 2009.[10]

2009[edit]

Molinari returned to the Challenge Tour in 2009, where he was again successful, earning his third professional title at the Piemonte Open in May, in his home town of Turin. He also won the Kazakhstan Open in September and the Italian Federation Cup in October. He also came 2nd in the Club Colombia Masters, the Scottish Hydro Challenge, the Trophée du Golf de Genève and the ECCO Tour Championship.[10] He topped the Challenge Tour money list in 2009 with record earnings of €242,979, almost €100,000 more than the previous high total.

On 22 November 2009, Molinari won the highly regarded Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Miyazaki by defeating 2008 European Tour Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson of Sweden by sinking a four-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole after the two tied in regulation play. Molinari was the first Italian winner on the Japan Golf Tour.[11]

On 29 November 2009, Molinari partnered his younger brother Francesco to lead Italy to their first World Cup win at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup outside Shanghai, China. Edoardo leapt joyously around the 18th green after sinking the winning putt. This was the first win in the event by brothers and the first Italian victory in the event, generating significant coverage in the Molinari brothers' homeland.[12]

During 2009, Molinari's Official World Golf Ranking rose from 753 to 48.[13]

2010[edit]

On 29 March 2010, Molinari earned his best finish on the U.S. PGA Tour, finishing second by two shots to South African Ernie Els at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and earning his then largest check of $528,000US.[14] Molinari holed a 50-foot putt on the 17th hole of the final round that was selected as "Shot of the Day" by NBC, the US network covering the tournament.[15]

On 11 July 2010, Molinari won his first European Tour tournament, claiming the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond by three strokes over Darren Clarke.[16] Francesco Molinari played alongside his brother and Clarke in the final threesome. Following Franceso's win in the 2006 Italian Open, Edoardo's victory in Scotland made the pair the third brothers to win on the European Tour after Seve and Manuel Ballesteros and Antonio and German Garrido.[17]

On 29 August 2010, Molinari won his second European Tour title, the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, by one stroke from Australian Brett Rumford, after birdieing the final three holes. Molinari's brother Francesco once again was paired with the eventual champion in the final round.[18] Shortly afterwards, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie named Molinari as one of his three "wild card" selections for the 2010 matches at Celtic Manor in Wales, along with Pádraig Harrington and Luke Donald.[19] Molinari's brother Francesco also earned a place on the European team through the points list. The Molinaris are the first brothers to compete together in a Ryder Cup side since Bernard and Geoffery Hunt played for the Great Britain and Ireland side in the 1963 edition of the biennial team competition.[20]

Molinari's successful 2010 campaign saw him rise to a career-high of fourteenth in the Official World Golf Ranking.[21] Molinari finished the 2010 season ranked 11th on the Race to Dubai, formerly known as the European Tour Order of Merit. He finished the year ranked eighteenth in the world.[22]

2011[edit]

Molinari spent the first half of the year racking up middle of the pack finishes, with an 11th place finish at Augusta as his lone highlight. He noted that "I know my progress this season has not been so good, but the time that I have spent on the PGA Tour in America has been a positive experience" in an essay he wrote as a special Open Championship correspondent for The Independent.[23] Molinari finished the 2011 season ranked 46 on the Race to Dubai with earnings of 686,391 Euros from 21 events. A quarter of his earnings came through his season best finish of fifth at the Barclays Singapore Open.[24] Molinari fell out of the world ranking top 50 by the end of the season.

2012[edit]

An old injury to Molinari's left wrist led to tendonitis and ultimately required tendon surgery in June. His 2012 campaign was interrupted by a three-month layoff with Molinari returning to action at the BMW Italian Open in September. He achieved only one top-10 finish on the European Tour, sixth at the Trophee Hassan II, and qualified for only one major, the Masters Tournament. Molinari dropped to 86th on the 2012 Race to Dubai with earnings of 280,976 Euros from 17 events. He fell out of the top 200 of the Official World Golf Ranking, as well. Molinari set a goal of fully rehabilitating his left wrist for the 2013 season.

2013[edit]

Molinari started the 2013 European Tour season with a series of missed cuts, but on 24 March, he obtained a strong second place at the Maybank Malaysian Open. The prize won (233,604 Euros) allowed him to enter the Race to Dubai ranked 29th. Scoring a solid 68 (4 under par) in the final round, Molinari finished the Open de España tied for 27th position. At the 2013 BMW PGA Championship, won by his countrymate Matteo Manassero, Molinari finished T19 with two consecutive birdies on the 71st and 72nd holes. He had to withdraw from the BMW International Open and the Irish Open for persistent pain in his left thumb.

2014[edit]

In November 2013, after recovering from a new surgery, Molinari began his 2014 European Tour comeback campaign in South Africa where he ended T52 at the South African Open Championship. He made his first cut since the BMW PGA Championship played in May 2013. At the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on 19 January 2014, he finished T28 after four consecutive under-par rounds (70-71-71-71) which earned him a final score of −5. He earned him his first top-10 of the season at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (T9) and moved to 64th place in the Race to Dubai rankings. After that, he had a good period of form with three consecutive cuts made at the Joburg Open (T37) and Tshwane Open (T10) in South Africa and at the Trophée Hassan II (T25) in Morocco, respectively. During the next following months he played in a very consistent fashion, with multiple cuts made in a row, a period culminating in a second place at the Irish Open behind Mikko Ilonen of Finland.

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1996 English Boys Under 16 Championship (McGregor Trophy)
  • 2001 Italian Amateur Championship
  • 2002 Italian Amateur Foursomes Championship (with Francesco Molinari)
  • 2003 Turkish Amateur Open Championship
  • 2004 Italian Amateur Foursomes Championship (with Francesco Molinari)
  • 2005 U.S. Amateur

Professional wins (9)[edit]

Edoardo Molinari

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 11 Jul 2010 Barclays Scottish Open −12 (66-69-63-74=272) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
2 29 Aug 2010 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles −10 (70-68-69-71=278) 1 stroke Australia Brett Rumford

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 22 Nov 2009 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −13 (70-66-69-66=271) Playoff Sweden Robert Karlsson

Challenge Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 4 Feb 2007 Club Colombia Masters −5 (69-69-72-69=279) Playoff Colombia Gustavo Mendoza
2 11 Mar 2007 Tusker Kenya Open −6 (68-69-67-70=274) 1 stroke South Africa James Kamte
3 23 May 2009 Piemonte Open −18 (67-67-66-70=270) 4 strokes England Gary Boyd
4 20 Sep 2009 Kazakhstan Open −20 (67-67-66-68=268) 3 strokes England Chris Gane
5 24 Oct 2009 Italian Federation Cup −21 (66-67-68-66=267) 1 stroke Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT T11 T57 DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP T47 T54 DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T60 T68 DNP DNP DNP T27 T66 DNP DNP T7
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T33 T69 DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 2 14 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2010 U.S. Open – 2014 Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (current)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Frisky Fratelli: The Molinari Brothers are ready for a breakthrough at the 2010 U.S. Open". golf.com. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Masters Photos: Par-3 Contest". Atlanta Journal Constitution. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Edoardo Molinari Bio". European Tour. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Edoardo Molinari: Austrian MOD TV Interview in UAE". MOD. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  5. ^ Donegan, Lawrence (28 August 2010). "Edoardo Molinari proves a Ryder Cup Headache". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Edoardo Molinari Returns to Omega European Masters Star, Not Unknown". Associated Press. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  7. ^ "Molinari Uses Birdie Binge To Become First Italian To Win The U.S. Amateur". United States Golf Association. 28 August 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  8. ^ "Molinari seals US Amateur victory". BBC Sport. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Edoardo Molinari Wins Kenya Open Golf Tournament 2007". 8 April 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  10. ^ a b "Edoardo Molinari". 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Italy's Molinari wins Dunlop Phoenix in playoff.". Sports Illustrated. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Italy edge Ireland to win World Cup of Golf in China". BBC Sport. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  13. ^ "Molinari's Challenge Tour success secured his playing privileges on the 2010 European Tour.". 4Sports & Entertainment. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Els Hangs On". Golf Digest. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  15. ^ "Edoardo Molinari Shot of the Day Arnold Palmer Invitational". NBC. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  16. ^ "Italy's Edoardo Molinari wins Scottish Open". BBC Sport. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  17. ^ "Edoardo Completes Molinari Double". London Evening Standard. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  18. ^ "Edoardo Molinari wins to secure Ryder Cup place". BBC Sport. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  19. ^ "Molinari, Harrington and Donald picked for Ryder Cup". BBC Sport. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  20. ^ "Molinaris Not the First Brothers to Play Ryder Cup". about.com: golf. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  21. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking Week 43 2010". Official World Golf Ranking. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  22. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking Week 52 2010". Official World Golf Ranking. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  23. ^ "I made one bad swing in 36 holes". The Independent. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  24. ^ "2011 Race to Dubai Rankings". PGA European Tour. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 

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