• Age
    36
  • Turned Pro
    2007
  • Previous Opens
    11
  • Champion golfer of the year
    2018

Francesco Molinari

Last season’s European Tour No 1 will be defending the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush after becoming the first Italian to win any Major – and doing it with a bogey-free final round at Carnoustie while going head-to-head with Tiger Woods.

Qualification

Francesco Molinari has qualified to play Royal Portrush
  • 2007

    Open debut

  • Snowboarding, Video Games

    Special Interests

  • Inter Milan, West Ham

    Favourite football teams

Molinari makes history

Watch: The Italian makes birdie at 18 to finish with a total of 276, winning by two strokes

The first ever Italian major winner

Last season’s European Tour No 1 will be defending the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush after becoming the first Italian to win any Major – and doing it with a bogey-free final round at Carnoustie while going head-to-head with Tiger Woods.

It had already been a memorable 2018 with victory at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and his first PGA Tour success by a stunning eight shots in the Quicken Loans National and September saw his standing in the game soar even more when he became the first European to win all five games at a Ryder Cup. Twice winner of the Italian Open, the first in 2006 coming a year after his older brother Edoardo won the US amateur title.

They then combined in 2009 to give Italy their first-ever World Cup triumph and were partners again in the following season’s Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, becoming the first brothers in the match since 1963. He then added the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and in 2012 his Ryder Cup half with Woods gave Europe victory in the match. Joint second in the 2017 PGA Championship and this March added the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida with a stunning closing 64.

Qualification

Francesco Molinari has qualified to play Royal Portrush
Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Carnoustie 2018
1
70
72
65
69
276
-8
Royal Birkdale 2017
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2016
T36
69
71
73
74
287
3
St Andrews 2015
T40
72
71
73
67
283
-5
Royal Liverpool 2014
T15
68
70
75
67
280
-8
Muirfield 2013
T9
69
74
72
72
287
3
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
T39
69
72
71
73
285
5
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 2009
T13
71
70
71
70
282
-
Carnoustie 2007
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C

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