Category: Francesco Molinari


January 14, 2013

Tweets of the Week: Rory's move to Nike, Golfers pick their favorite Euro Ryder Cup Captain contender and more

Posted at 4:42 PM by Samantha Glover
ICYMI: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy's move to Nike was made official: With the European Ryder Cup captain announcement coming Tuesday, golfers voiced their opinions about who they want to get the job: PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley won the Sony Open: Golfers watched the first round of the NFL playoffs:
October 02, 2012

Weigh in: Should Francesco Molinari have conceded his match with Tiger Woods?

Posted at 2:43 PM by Golf.com

One detail lost in the shuffle of the Europeans' big comeback on Sunday was the way the final match ended. With 14 points and the Cup in the bag, some thought it would have been a nice gesture for Francesco Molinari to concede the 18th hole to Tiger Woods.

Even Molinari thought about giving Tiger the match, but he was overruled by the team's captain, Jose Maria Olazabal. "I thought about giving him the halve on the fairway, but then the captain was there, the chairman was the there, they told me, it's not the same, winning or halving, so get focused and do your best, and that's what I did," Molinari said. "So I just tried to win the hole, to win the tournament, basically."

Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck shared his thoughts on the issue via Twitter:

Francesco Molinari also told his story:

What do you think? Should Molinari have conceded? Did Olazabal do the right thing? Share your comments in the space below.

September 25, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter roundup: Best tweets from players, WAGs and celebrities

Posted at 9:44 AM by Golf.com

Players from both teams enjoy the days before competition begins:

Many of the players wives and girlfriends (WAGs) will be in attendance this week:

Celebs and fellow golfers share their Ryder Cup excitement and show their support:

Fans arrive to the course for practice rounds and the U.S. Past Captain/Celebrity Scramble:

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Both U.S. and Europe team members express their excitement for the week as they arrive in Chigago:

Everyone on the plane to Chicago for RYDER CUP........... Yeh #Avit t.co/cf5XmPOr

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 24, 2012
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Let's go USA! So pumped for the Ryder Cup. Out at Medina right now!

— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago. Enroute to team hotel. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Team get together this evening. #itbegins#Europe

— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago!! #RyderCup

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy looks back at his favorite moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup:


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July 14, 2011

Notebook: Grown-up Manassero has high hopes at Royal St. George's

Posted at 5:44 AM by Stephanie Wei

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Teen golfing phenoms, they grow up so fast these days.

Two years ago, Matteo Manassero, then 16, made his Open debut at Turnberry and emerged as one of Europe's most captivating stars. The Italian teenager kicked off the major by playing with five-time claret jug winner Tom Watson in the first two rounds.

The two reunited on the 18th green during the awards ceremony when Manassero became the youngest recipient of the Silver Medal for low-amateur honors after finishing tied for 13th. A month earlier, Manassero had won the British Amateur Championship.

"It feels good to be back at the Open," said Manassero, 18, on Wednesday at the driving range. "It feels really different from two years ago. I know many people now, and I'm friends with some of the other players. It's more comfortable.

"I’m professional this time. It’s a good opportunity in many ways, including jumping in the world rankings. While in '09, it was just a brilliant experience. I didn't expect much, but now there's higher expectations and more on the line."

Manassero is looking forward to the challenge of battling Royal St. George's, especially in blustery conditions -- though it was so windy during his practice round on Tuesday with Francesco and Edoardo Molinari that he walked in after nine holes.

"It’s good to have it windy as it is," said Manassero, who played in the Boys British Amateur Championship at Royal St George's in '09. "I’ve played a lot of links golf back in my amateur days. It suits me well because I don’t hit the ball very far, but I don’t put too much spin on the ball.

"Of course, when you’re playing links golf, a lot depends on chance.You don’t really know what’s going to happen, but if you play well, it usually turns out good. I'm playing pretty well, so we'll see what's going to happen."

It's not often Manassero isn't accompanied by at least one Molinari brother during his practice rounds. Edoardo and Francesco have taken the fellow Italian under their wing.

"Yeah, I’m like their little brother in a way," Manassero said. "They introduce me to this life, which is tough to get into, and they’ve done a great job. I’ll always be appreciative of it."

But Manassero, who already has two European Tour titles under his belt, is adept enough to find his own way around.

"Matteo is very mature," Edoardo said after their practice round late Wednesday afternoon. "He learns very quickly. Anything you tell him, he just gets it and makes it work for him. A lot of times on the course he asks, 'How do you play this hole?' Then, you see him play it exactly the way you tell him and he makes birdie most of the time.

"Matteo is now expert enough, he knows his way around and he’s playing well, so hopefully he’ll have a good week."

Photo: Matteo Manassero during a practice round on Wednesday. Toby Melville/Reuters

Another hazard of the hazards
It might be a shrewd move for pros to pack eye drops in their golf bags this week at Royal St. George's. With gusts of up to 25 miles per hour and bunkers galore, players never know when they'll end up with a mouthful (or eyeful) of sand. Just ask Edoardo Molinari.

During his practice round on Wednesday, Molinari's tee ball on the par-3 16th found the back left greenside bunker. He was attempting the shot when a gust blew the sand back into his face.

His swing coach Denis Pugh deadpanned, "I don't think that's what you want to do. The sand in the face thing is really a rookie error. You haven't been on Tour that long, huh?"

The gallery of roughly 30 people erupted with laughter. A wincing Molinari was less amused, trying to rid the sand from his eyes and grabbing a towel from his caddie to wipe his face.

When asked about the incident, Molinari played it cool.

"My coach was explaining to me how to hit the shot," he said behind the 18th green. "The sand came into my face because it was playing into the wind, so we moved to the other bunker. It was fine."

Tour veteran Frazar makes Open debut
After 15 years as a professional golfer, Harrison Frazar can finally say he's played in a British Open.

Frazar penned a first-person column in Sports Illustrated in March, revealing the angst of battling injuries and missing his family while on the road. He wondered if it was time for him to step away from professional golf.

Three months later, Frazar, who turns 40 at the end of the month, found himself in the winner's circle at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic after holding off Robert Karlsson in a playoff. The check for just over $1 million helped him earn a trip to Royal St. George's, finishing in the top two of the mini-money list on the PGA Tour.

"Winning in Memphis, it was about more than just winning," said Frazar after a practice round for the Open on Tuesday. "It was about knowing I could compete in that arena if I play well.

"There was confidence. There was some real good stuff that came out of it. Hopefully that will buoy me though and improve the attitude and make me want to work harder."

Flying across the pond to Sandwich has been a thrill.

"This is awesome," he said. "It’s a treat. I wish I would have been able to play many more, and hopefully I’ll get to many more after this."

Frazar admitted to needing more practice on the links-style Royal St. George's.

"It was my first time playing the course, Gary Woodland's first and Ryan Palmer’s first," said Frazar. "The three of us were a little wide-eyed out there today.

"Obviously Justin Leonard has played in many of them. He’s played the Open here twice before, so he could show us where to go. He was kind of our own little local caddie."

November 08, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Anthony Kim disputes wild night in Vegas

Posted at 11:59 AM by Mike Walker

Anthony Kim finished T25 at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in his first appearance since his controversial withdrawal from the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after reports of a wild night in Las Vegas. He told the Golf Channel's Andrew Both that his surgically repaired thumb is feeling better.

“This is the first week I’ve hit it well since I’ve been back,” Kim told GolfChannel.com after a 2-under-par 70 left him 13 strokes from the third-round lead at Sheshan on Saturday. “I’m starting to hit my driver as far as I used to, so I’m looking forward to future success. “I have another month of rehab to go but the doctor says I’m looking good. I feel I’m about 85-90 percent there.”

Kim also disputed reports that had him yelling at craps tables and spraying the dance floor with high-priced champagne at a nightclub during the week of the Tour's Las Vegas stop.

“I didn’t even feel like I needed to defend myself, they were so outrageous,” Kim said of the reports. “I can’t do anything about it now and they’re going to say what they want to say.”

Francesco Molinari says facing Tiger was good preparation for HSBC win

Francesco Molinari won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai by going head-to-head with World No. 1 Lee Westwood. Afterward Molinari said that playing former No. 1 Tiger Woods in singles at the Ryder Cup helped prepare him for facing down Westwood. (Woods beat Molinari 4 & 3).

It's been four fantastic days, and especially the last two playing head-to-head with Lee was really tough.

I think the experience of playing with Tiger in The Ryder Cup definitely helped me in the last couple of days, because when -- obviously they are different players, but when you are playing against the No. 1 in the world, it is not easy to always stick to the game plan and do your own game.

Sergio Garcia says he's re-energized after soccer sabbatical

He’s looking to reclaim his place in the game at the Australian Masters after a difficult 2010. Yup, Sergio Garcia has his work cut out for him. However, Garcia told the Australian media that his soccer-playing sabbatical this fall helped him regain his passion and energy for golf, according to The Australian Age newspaper.

''It was something that I needed to do, mainly because I'd just been playing so much, not only as a professional but before as an amateur, too,'' the 30-year-old said. ''I just felt like I needed a little bit of recharging the batteries.''

He feels like the experience has been positive. ''I've definitely thought about a lot of things, learned a lot about myself,'' he said. ''I always enjoy life away from golf. I love life with golf, but I think one of the reasons why I love golf is because I have so many things going on in my life outside of golf, and those things help me get back to golf stronger. I feel fortunate in that way. I have really enjoyed those two months.''

Garcia also made some headlines Down Under for pointing out the obvious, that Tiger Woods does not have the same aura he brought to this tournament last year.

''Maybe not as much,'' Garcia said yesterday, when asked if defending champion Tiger Woods was as fearsome a foe as he was a year ago, when No. 1 ranking and reputation were both intact.

Perhaps pointedly, Garcia dodged an invitation to anoint Woods as ''the man to beat'' this week, saying only ''he's one of them."

Allenby paired with Tiger at Aussie Masters instead of amateur

Australian golfer Robert Allenby thought it would be great if Tiger Woods was paired with the top Australian amateur at the Australian Masters in Melbourne this week, but instead Allenby got the Tiger draw, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

[Allenby said] at last week's WGC event in Shanghai that it would be a waste to give the opportunity to seasoned players like him who play with Woods quite often on the US PGA Tour.

"It would be an awesome thing for the No.1 amateur," Allenby said. "For Australian golf, that's what they need to do."

But the organizers -- IMG and PGA Tour of Australasia -- on Monday announced Allenby and experienced West Australian pro Brett Rumford would play with Woods in the opening two rounds at the Victoria course on Thursday and Friday.

Scottish pro thanks girlfriend for supporting him

In pro sports, the guys at the top are celebrated so much that it’s easy to forget about the hundreds of players in that next tier just struggling to get into the next tournament. Which is why it was nice to hear Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey thank his girlfriend after his third-place finish at the HSBC Champions got him into the Euro Tour’s Dubai World Championship later this month, according to The Scotsman.

The Scot sealed his place in the 60-man field after finishing third behind Italian Francesco Molinari and world No 1 Lee Westwood in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

He's delighted his hard work in recent weeks has paid off in securing his top target for the year and says the support of his American girlfriend, Angela Hudinski, has been invaluable.

"She has two jobs and works really hard but still finds the time to support my golf," said Ramsay after picking up a £232,000 prize. "Hopefully she'll be able to come to Dubai as a little treat and a thank-you for all of the support she's given me."

Stray Shots: Stuff we saw while wondering if John Daly is going to sue the creators of the HBO series Eastbound & Down for stealing his life story.

Australian fans who heckle Tiger Woods will be booted from the course after one warning. (Via The Australian Herald Sun)

The family of superagent and IMG founder Mark McCormick donated his archives to UMass-Amherst. The archives include letters to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. (Via The Boston Globe)

Rickie Fowler committed to play in the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Fowler is just one stroke behind in the $1 million Kodak Challenge, the Bizarro World FedEx Cup, which consists of a player's best cumulative score on 18 of the 30 holes throughout the year. The Kodak hole at Disney’s Magnolia Course is the par-4 No. 17. (Via PGATour.com)





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