Francesco Molinari, Valhalla ten years later

However, Francesco Molinari is still one of the 33 players in the field who have won a Major (including Tiger Woods)

by Andrea Gussoni
Francesco Molinari, Valhalla ten years later
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The PGA Championship 2024 is being held at the Valhalla Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the fourth time, making it the second Major of the year after a calendar revolution that occurred a few years ago. For Francesco Molinari, this marks a return after his 2014 appearance, where he finished 58th.

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The Turin native is back in competition despite six years having passed since his victory at The Open Championship, typically exemptions of this nature last for five years. In this case, the organization's assessment is that the 2020 edition of The Open, since it did not take place, should not be taken into consideration.

Therefore, Chicco is in. For him, there is a need to turn things around, as 2024 has not shown particularly positive signs so far. While he started the year well with a fifth-place finish at the Dubai Invitational, he has not been able to replicate that success, missing four cuts out of six on the PGA Tour.

And where he did make cuts, he finished outside the top 50. However, Francesco Molinari is still one of the 33 players in the field who have won a Major (including Tiger Woods). There is another reason why the Piedmontese can aim to perform well here: currently, besides being on the verge of dropping out of the top 300 in the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking), he is also out of contention for the Olympics.

Ahead of him are both Matteo Manassero and Guido Migliozzi, who are currently poised to have their second shot at the rings. Molinari, who once withdrew for personal reasons and the other time due to injury, certainly deserves to return to Le Golf National.

But he is the one who has to go and earn it. Francesco Molinari (Turin, 8 November 1982) is an Italian golfer. He is the younger brother of Edoardo Molinari. On 22 July 2018 he entered the history of Italian golf by becoming the first Italian to have won a major tournament with the victory of the 147th British Open.[2] On 18 November 2018 he won the Race to Dubai and became the first Italian in the history of golf to win the prize of best European player.[3] He entered the history of world 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 bringing as many points to the European team, and he also scored the last point which gave the trophy to the hosts, defeating the world famous champion Phil Mickelson in a one-sided match.

His collaboration with the English player Tommy Fleetwood, a very famous couple who remained unbeaten in all their matches, will also remain in history.

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