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Born: 8 November 1982
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
College: University of Torino
Resides: Los Angeles, USA
Major Wins: 1
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other Wins: 5
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Francesco had a career year in 2018 as he won three times (including The Open Championship) and starred at the Ryder Cup. It's been a quiet few years since owing to equipment changes and off course issues.
Francesco and his family moved from London to Los Angeles in March 2020 and as a result of helping his family acclimatise, took on a light playing schedule. The break for Coronavirus obviously restricted his playing opportunities but Francesco only teed it up seven times in 2020 and spoke of his "expectations being low," in the few events he did play.
Molinari started 2021 strong with three top 10's in his first four starts however fell outside the top 200 in the world by the end of the year.
The Ryder Cup in Italy in 2023 will be a big focus for Francesco and we should expect to see him re-focus on golf over the next few years. However, it remains to be seen if he can recapture that form.
Francesco will now be based in the USA.
Turns 40 in November 2022.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Francesco hasn't been the same since his Masters collapse in April 2019. He'll surely suffer contention rust when next in contention and as a result his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐⭐.
➖ Began the final round of the BMW PGA Championship 2 shots behind the leaders and shot 69 to finish 4 shots back of winner Shane Lowry.
➖ Began 3 shots back from the leaders at the American Express and shot 68 to finish 4 shots back of Swafford who shot 64.
❌ Began the final round of the American Express 3 shots behind the leaders. Could only shoot a 70 to finish 9 shots behind Kim.
❌ Held a two shot lead with 18 holes to go at The Masters. Shot a 74 and finished 5th.
✅ Came from five shots back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to win by two shots. A final round 64 was capped with a birdie at the final hole.
Goes Well When Fresh
Four of Francesco's last five wins have come following at least a week off.
Despite a dissapointing year in 2021, Francesco posted his three best results (and only top 10's) in the space of four events.
Francesco has a poor playoff record but hasn't been involved in one since 2012. He's yet to be involved in a playoff on the PGA Tour, his three defeats to date having come on the European Tour.