Francesco Molinari: "I cried for the first time"

"It's the first time I've cried on a golf course in my entire life. I can't say three words without starting to cry"

by Andrea Gussoni
Francesco Molinari: "I cried for the first time"
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"It's the first time I've cried on a golf course in my entire life. I can't say three words without starting to cry."

Francesco Molinari, statements

An emotional Francesco Molinari told Sky Sport after Team Europe's victory in the Ryder Cup, which ended today at Marco Simone.

For the Italian, non-playing vice-captain, it is the second success, after the one as a player in 2018. "It was tough, but with an exceptional team made up of exceptional guys we managed to bring it home. It's an incredible story that we have with the Ryder Cup".

In 2006 he won the Italian Open, the first Italian since Massimo Mannelli in 1980. In 2009 he won, together with his brother Edoardo, the golf world cup. It is the first time that an Italian couple has won the trophy. From 1 to 4 October 2010 he was part of the European team that won the Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, together with his brother Edoardo.

It should be noted that it was not the first time that two brothers participated in the event together, but it was the first time that the team to which the brothers belonged achieved victory. In November 2010 he won the HSBC Champions, his first World Golf Championships tournament.

Molinari prevailed by one point overtaking the then world number one Lee Westwood, after having remained in the lead throughout the tournament. For him a profit of €860,153 and the conquest of 14th place in the World Golf Ranking.

From 28 to 30 September 2012 he was part of the European team that won the Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club near Chicago. His final draw against Tiger Woods allowed Europe to reach 14.5 points and win the competition.

If Francesco had lost the match, the European team would have drawn but would still have retained the cup having won the previous edition. One hundred years after its first edition, Francesco himself won the Reale Seguros Open de España, recovering on the last day from 4th position with a round of 65 (7 under par), the best of the tournament.

With this victory he becomes the second Italian golfer in terms of number of victories on the European Tour, two points behind Costantino Rocca at five. In 2016 he won the Italian Open for the second time. In 2018 he won the BMW PGA Championship, the most prestigious tournament on the European Tour and the following week he came second by a single shot at the Italian Open, a result that allowed him to provisionally become number 1 in the Race to Dubai.

In July of the same year he also achieved his first success in a PGA Tour tournament, the first Italian since 1947 to triumph in a tournament on the American circuit with success in the Quicken Loans National, which is held annually in Maryland.

On the 22nd of the same month he became champion of the Open Championship in Scotland on the Carnoustie Golf Links circuit, becoming the first Italian golfer to win one of the four Majors tournaments. On 30 September 2018 on the Le Golf National circuit in Guyancourt, near Paris, he won his third Ryder Cup, contributing five points from the five matches played, the first European golfer to do so in the history of the prestigious tournament. On March 10, 2019 he became champion of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Francesco Molinari