A tricolor touch for the Ryder Cup in Rome: Edoardo Molinari has been chosen as vice-captain of Team Europe. The announcement comes from Stenson in the first press conference held at the "Marco Simone", the 2023 competition field.
"I am happy and proud", the comment of the eldest of the Molinari brothers. The Turin player will join the other vice-captain, Thomas Bjorn.
Edoardo Molinari, statements
“This appointment represents an honor for which I want to thank Henrik Stenson.
He will also provide statistical support to Team Europe. Obviously, the goal will be to help bring the Old Continent back to success in the Ryder Cup. " It is impossible to talk about Molinari without thinking of Francesco, the undisputed hero in the 2018 Paris victory.
"It is clear that what he did at the Ryder Cup was incredible. However, the qualifying phase - says Stenson - has not yet begun, we will closely follow all the players ”. From Guidonia, captain Stenson speaks directly to Italy and to the home crowd.
"It is clear that the Ryder Cup generates a festive, respectful and competitive environment. We - he said - want to win and the contribution of Italian and European fans will be fundamental " Francesco's older brother, 41, played and won the 2010 Ryder Cup with him at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.
It was since 1963, when Bernard and Geoffrey Hunt were part of Team Great Britain & Ireland (from 1979 there was also the opening to players from Continental Europe), that two brothers did not take the field side by side.
Together they also won the 2009 World Cup in China, giving Italy the first World Cup. Edoardo Molinari has 356 appearances on the DP World Tour, where he has won three times: in 2010 he first won the Scottish Open and then the Johnnie Walker Championship.
In 2017 he dropped the trio making him the Trophée Hassan II. But the Turinese also collected five successes on the Challenge Tour and one on the Japan Tour after a brilliant career as an amateur culminating in his success in 2005 at the U.S. Amateur Championship.