Molinari: "In New York 2025 for a new triumph"

After winning in September in Rome, the European team has already confirmed Luke Donald as the captain for 2025 in New York

by Andrea Gussoni
Molinari: "In New York 2025 for a new triumph"
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After winning in September in Rome, the European team has already confirmed Luke Donald as the captain for 2025 in New York. Donald, in turn, immediately decided to ask Edoardo Molinari to continue as his vice-captain. "Luke wrote to me a few hours before the announcement to let me know and to tell me that he would still like my help because I had been very useful and indispensable.

Then he called me back after two or three days, and I immediately said yes. It was a nice recognition of the work we had done together." When asked about his fondest memories of the Ryder Cup, aside from celebrating the victory, Molinari recalled two moments involving Luke Donald.

"One was on Friday morning, the day of the debut, it was four in the morning, and I couldn't sleep. At one point, I picked up the phone and saw that Luke was awake because he was online on WhatsApp. So we started messaging each other, looking forward to getting started.

It was an intimate and significant moment."

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"The second memory? While waiting for the awards ceremony, Luke reminded me that as soon as the team was finalized, he had asked me how it would end.

I had told him that I would write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in my wallet. So we looked at it together. I had written 15½-12½ for us, but it turned out even better: 16½-11½. He said to me, 'Next time, try to get the right result too...'

." When asked about the differences between the Ryder Cups in Rome and New York in 2025, Molinari noted, "There will be more changes than people imagine. Playing away changes everything; there are things you can't control.

They will decide almost everything. But there are fewer things to worry about. There will be much less expectation because winning away is almost impossible. The first team to do it will make history, and the first team to lose at home will be embarrassed.

We know it's a big advantage for us, and we'll have to put more pressure on them." Regarding the team dynamics, especially with Jon Rahm now in the LIV league with Hatton and Meronk, Molinari commented, "I think in two years, they will find a way to still be able to call them up; the only requirement at the moment is that they are members of the European Tour.

I believe someone like Rahm, no matter the cost, wants to play in the Ryder Cup. So I don't think he will resign from the European circuit." Reflecting on the trend of money dominating golf discussions, Molinari shared, "I have always chosen to live in Italy, even if it means paying a little more in taxes because I believe there is a quality of life that is priceless.

I honestly don't understand those who are 20 or 30 years old and risk throwing away a career to join the LIV. Of course, if they came to me and offered me 300 million, it would change my life, but they don't. A few weeks ago, I was talking to Nicolai Hojgaard, who had a good offer and turned it down because he knows that if he continues to play well, he will still earn a lot of money but will be freer to make certain decisions and will be sure to play in the Majors.

It's hard to say no to so much money, but if decisions are made solely based on money, there is a risk of regretting them later." This week, Molinari is competing in Singapore. At 43 years old, he is the oldest member of the Italian group.

"We are friends; we sometimes go out to dinner together. For example, I was very happy for Matteo Manassero's success in South Africa. The younger ones occasionally ask me for advice, but being with them is also helpful for me; it's assistance for everyone."

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