Francesco Molinari: The understated Open champion

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Francesco Molinari: The understated Open champion

Francesco Molinari became the first Italian golfer to win a major when he won the Open back in July this year. But while success in the majors may have come a little late for the 35-year-old, he has been around the professional golf circuit for almost 14 years, since 2004.

A two-time former member of the European Ryder Cup winning team of 2010 and 2012, Molinari has held his ranking in the top-100 of the golfing ranking since 2008. In terms of his title count, aside of winning the Open, Molinari has recorded a total of two titles in the PGA Tour and six titles in the European Tour.

Molinari’s win at the Open helped him reach a career-high ranking of no. 6 in the golf rankings. Apart from the Open, Molinari recorded a win at the National in June right after the US Open, in which he finished 25th. Molinari followed up on his success at the Open by tying sixth at the PGA Championship earlier in August along with Thomas Pieters, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland.

Molinari isn’t the only golfer in his family. His elder brother Edoardo is also a part of the professional golf circuit. Turning pro two years after Francesco, in 2006, the 37-year-old Edoardo, is a part of the European Tour.

The year his brother Edoardo turned pro, Francesco Molinari claimed his first title in the European Tour at the Italian Open. In doing so, he became the first Italian golfer since Massimo Mannelli to win the Italian Open. Francesco Molinari partnered with his elder brother to help his country record yet another milestone, by helping Italy to its first-ever title at the World Cup in 2009. Edoardo was also a part of Europe's Ryder Cup winning squad in 2010. Edoardo is currently ranked 431st in the world.