Francesco Molinari returns at Mexico Open

The last seven races of 2023 on the circuit without ever making the cut

by Andrea Gussoni
Francesco Molinari returns at Mexico Open
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The last seven races of 2023 on the circuit without ever making the cut. Debuting in 2024 with a 73rd place at the Farmers Insurance Open. After a period with few results, Francesco Molinari returns to play on the PGA Tour. The Turin native, from February 22nd to 25th, in Vallarta will be among the protagonists of the Mexico Open.

Twenty-fourth last year, Molinari on the Vidanta Vallarta Golf course will seek a prestigious result in an event practically devoid of all the world's top players. As for the Top 30 in the rankings, only Tony Finau will be present.

The American will defend the title won in 2023 when he beat the Spaniard Jon Rahm by three strokes, who has since moved to the LIV Golf and scored in this competition in 2022.

Francesco Molinari, schedule

Danish players Nicolai Hojgaard and Thorbjorn Olesen, both winners of the Italian Open in 2021 and 2018 respectively, will also seek success on a course designed by Greg Norman, CEO of the Arabian Super League.

Chance also for the Argentine Emiliano Grillo, the German Stephan Jaeger, the Belgian Thomas Detry, the New Zealander Ryan Fox, the Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, the Scotsman Robert MacIntyre, and the Americans Maverick McNealy, Mark Hubbard, and Keith Mitchell.

Also, an important opportunity for Charley Hoffman. Recently second, after the playoff, in the Phoenix Open, the 47-year-old Californian is about to play his 497th game on the PGA Tour where Francesco Molinari has played 200.

In 2023, the best result recorded on the circuit by the Piedmontese was a 14th place at the Arnold Palmer, which incidentally is the last tournament won by Molinari in 2019. The Mexico Open, now in its 64th edition, has been part of the PGA Tour since 2022.

For the third consecutive year, it will be played at the Vidanta Vallarta Golf. This year, a total prize pool of $8,100,000 will be at stake, with $1,386,000 going to the winner. After the stop in Mexico, the top American circuit will return to the United States, specifically to Florida for The Palm Beaches scheduled from February 29th to March 3rd.

Francesco Molinari (born November 8, 1982, in Turin) is an Italian golfer. He is the younger brother of Edoardo Molinari. On July 22, 2018, he made history in Italian golf by becoming the first Italian to win a major tournament with his victory at the 147th British Open.

On November 18, 2018, he won the Race to Dubai, becoming the first Italian in golf history to claim the title of European Tour Golfer of the Year. He made history in global golf during the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup held in France in 2018, becoming the first player to win 5 matches out of 5, contributing as many points to the European team.

Additionally, he clinched the winning point for the host team, defeating world-famous champion Phil Mickelson in a one-sided match. His partnership with English player Tommy Fleetwood also made history, as the duo remained undefeated in all their matches.

Francesco Molinari