|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Francesco Molinari|
8 November 1982 |
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)|
|Spouse||Valentina (m. 2007)|
|College||University of Turin|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T19: 2012|
|U.S. Open||T23: 2014|
|The Open Championship||T9: 2013|
|PGA Championship||T10: 2009|
- 1 Background and amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Amateur wins (5)
- 5 Professional wins (5)
- 6 Results in major championships
- 7 World Golf Championships
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Background and amateur career
Molinari was born in Turin, Italy, and is the younger brother of Edoardo Molinari. As an amateur, he won the Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship twice, and the Italian Match Play Championship in 2004. He turned professional later that year.
In May 2006, Molinari claimed his first European Tour victory, becoming the first Italian since Massimo Mannelli in 1980 to win the Telecom Italia Open. This victory helped him finish 38th on the Order of Merit. Molinari didn't win on Tour between 2007 and 2009 but during that time he recorded twenty top-10 finishes including three runner-up finishes. He finished 60th on the Order of Merit in 2007, 24th in 2008 and 14th in the Race to Dubai in 2009. In October 2009, Molinari reached the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.
On 29 November 2009, Molinari, along with his older brother Edoardo, led Italy to their first World Cup victory at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in China. In August 2010, he represented Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup which took place at Celtic Manor Resort. Europe defeated the United States 14½–13½.
2010 was Molinari's best year on Tour to date. On 7 November 2010, Molinari won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. He defeated Lee Westwood by one stroke, finishing at 19-under par. The win moved him into 14th in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest ranking to date. He also recorded eleven top-10 finishes including two runner-up finishes en route to a 5th place finish in the Race to Dubai.
Molinari had a steady 2011 without any further victories but did record seven top-10 finishes, including a 3rd place at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He finished the year ranked 21st in the Race to Dubai.
Molinari picked up his third win on the European Tour on 6 May 2012 at the Reale Seguros Open de España. He was four strokes out of the lead going into the final round but fired a 65 (–7), the best round of the tournament, to win by three strokes over Alejandro Cañizares, Søren Kjeldsen and Pablo Larrazábal. In July 2012, the week before the The Open Championship, Molinari lost in a playoff at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. He was defeated on the first playoff hole by Jeev Milkha Singh.
Molinari was a member of Europe's Ryder Cup team that won in 2010. At the 2012 Ryder Cup he halved with Tiger Woods the last singles match on the final day. The half-point meant Europe not only completed a comeback from 10–6 down at the start of the final day to retain the cup, but won it outright by a score of 14½ points to 13½.
Molinari played well enough on the 2014 PGA Tour as a non-member to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2014–15 season.
Molinari stated that he is a fan of English football team West Ham United after Italian football manager Gianfranco Zola started managing the East London side in 2008. Molinari's coach Denis Pugh also supports West Ham.
Amateur wins (5)
- 2002 Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Italian Amateur Foursomes Championship (with Edoardo Molinari)
- 2004 Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Italian Match Play Championship, Sherry Cup (ESP)
Professional wins (5)
European Tour wins (3)
|World Golf Championships (1)|
|Other European Tour (2)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||7 May 2006||Telecom Italia Open||–23 (68-65-67-65=265)||4 strokes||Anders Hansen, Jarmo Sandelin|
|2||7 Nov 2010||WGC-HSBC Champions||–19 (65-70-67-67=269)||1 stroke||Lee Westwood|
|3||6 May 2012||Reale Seguros Open de España||–8 (70-71-74-65=280)||3 strokes|| Alejandro Cañizares, Søren Kjeldsen,
European Tour playoff record (0–3)
|1||2008||UBS Hong Kong Open||Lin Wen-tang, Rory McIlroy||Lin won with birdie on second extra hole
Molinari eliminated with par on first hole
|2||2010||Alstom Open de France||Alejandro Cañizares, Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Jimenez won with par on first extra hole|
|3||2012||Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open||Jeev Milkha Singh||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (2)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||T13||CUT||CUT||T39||T9||T15||T40|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||3||8||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2013 Open – 2015 Open, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
World Golf Championships
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|2010||WGC-HSBC Champions||1 shot lead||–19 (65-70-67-67=269)||1 stroke||Lee Westwood|
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
|Cadillac Match Play Championship||DNP||R64||R64||R32||R64||R64||T34|
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Italy): 2002, 2004
- Bonallack Trophy (representing Europe): 2004
- Palmer Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners)
- St Andrews Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2004
- World Cup (representing Italy): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (winners), 2011, 2013
- Seve Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2009, 2011, 2013 (winners)
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2010 (winners), 2012 (winners)
- Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2012
- "Molinari ends wait for home win". BBC Sport. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- "Italy edge Ireland to win World Cup of Golf in China". BBC Sport. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- "Francesco Molinari holds his nerve to see off Lee Westwood in China". The Guardian. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Magic Final Round Secures Title for Molinari". European Tour. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "Europe seal Ryder Cup win with comeback of epic proportions". Guardian UK. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Official website
- Francesco Molinari at the European Tour official site
- Francesco Molinari at the PGA Tour official site
- Francesco Molinari at the Official World Golf Ranking official site