Champion Golfer's blog for October
As the dust finally settled on an epic Ryder Cup for Francesco Molinari and Team Europe, attentions already began to turn to the end of the European Tour season and the beginning of the PGA Tour season.
And after the British Masters, our Champion Golfer of the Year kicked off the 2018/19 campaign in China at the WGC-HSBC Championship.
Here’s everything you might have missed from the Claret Jug winner in the month of October.
The month began with Francesco reflecting on his historic achievement with Team Europe.
No European had ever won five points from five before and this video had clearly been a big motivator.
How can you not cry watching this? https://t.co/D7ojLlfCue— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) October 2, 2018
And while focus soon switched to the British Masters – it did give us a chance to see Moliwood reunited sooner maybe than we expected.
Loved doing the #Moliwood Masterclass at #BritishMasters with @F_Molinari He does answer my calls! Thanks to everyone that waited to be with us after a long day out on the course 😍😉 @SkySports pic.twitter.com/yVIZkWo5dQ— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) October 11, 2018
But you do not dominate the European and PGA Tour's and the Ryder Cup in one season without attention to detail.
And the hard work soon began for Molinari alongside performance coach Dave Alred.
The British Masters this year were at Walton Heath – hosted by Justin Rose.
And the course didn’t appear to be too kind to Molinari this year – but at least he could see the funny side of his tied for 56thplace finish.
His brother Edoardo was tied 16th but victory went to Eddie Pepperell – much to Molinari’s delight.
And the Champion Golfer of the Year also found time to spend time with his adoring fans.
No, he made my day with his smiles out on the course!— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) October 13, 2018
See you soon Charlie and keep practicing your golf! https://t.co/apL8N8A1p7
Molinari was also a keen observer of what was going on in the European Tour a week later when his good friend Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano saved his tour card by finishing tied fifth at the Andalucia Masters.
Well done amigo!— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) October 22, 2018
You’re an example to many of us and most of all a great friend.
Later in October, the new PGA Tour season began in Sheshan, China for Molinari. It was a slow start for the Italian who was tied 43rd at the WGC-HSBC Championship.
In preparation for the event, Molinari also spent time with Alred and GB’s new modern pentathlon world champion Jamie Cooke.
Great practice @thewisley with @F_Molinari an ugly & unpredictable session. A great discussion with @jamiecooke_5 from @PentathlonGB on the mental and emotional challenges of transition in competition @TrackManGolf @TaylorMadeTour pic.twitter.com/z1QsL80i3C— Dr Dave Alred MBE (@dave_alred) October 17, 2018
He also gave away some of his tips on how he returned to the top of the game in 2018 in a BBC interview.
And finally, found time to reflect on a magnificent Open win at Carnoustie by paying tribute to his caddy Pello Iguaran.
With every incredible Champion Golfer of the Year, is a fantastic caddie.— Carnoustie Golf Links (@carnoustiegolf) October 17, 2018
In our Caddiemaster's office, winning golfer and caddie of each of the eight Open Championships to be played at Carnoustie are recognised🏌️♂️🏆 pic.twitter.com/bPU7fddGe3