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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Francesco Molinari

Considering he has arguably been the hottest golfer on the planet for the last 12 months and won earlier in 2019 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Francesco Molinari is definitely one to watch for The Masters.

Get to know the Open Champion with these 20 facts below…

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Francesco Molinari

1. He is a West Ham Fan due to Gianfranco Zola managing the East London side in 2008

2. He lives in London and practises at The Wisley in Surrey

3. He married his now wife Valentina in 2007. The pair have two children – Tomasso and Emma

Find out more about Valentina Molinari

4. He and his brother Edoardo played together at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, where the song “there’s only two Molinaris” became popular

5. The two Molinaris also won the 2009 World Cup together for Italy at Mission Hills GC in China

6. He was born in Turin, Italy

7. As well as being a Hammer, Francesco is a massive Inter Milan fan – arch rivals to his home side Juventus, who his brother supports

8. He secured the winning half point in the 2012 Ryder Cup, known as the Miracle at Medinah, against Tiger Woods

9. Continuing on from number 8, that was revenge for getting beaten by Tiger 4&3 at Celtic Manor two years prior

10. He caddied for his brother Edoardo in the 2006 Masters

Francesco carrying the bag for his brother at The Masters (Getty Images)

11. He turned pro in 2004 off a handicap of +4

12. He is a keen snowboarder

13. He can be considered as the best Italian golfer of all time. He has passed Constantino Rocca’s total of five European Tour wins – Molinari reached six after the Open

14. He is the only European in history to win all five matches in a single Ryder Cup

15. He won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2011, beating Lee Westwood by a stroke

16. He is coached by Denis Pugh and has last year teamed up with Dave Alred and Phil Kenyon – more on his coaching team here

17. He played in his first major championship at Carnoustie in 2007 – it didn’t go well for him, shooting rounds of 76 and 74 to miss the cut at +8

18. He is the first Italian man or woman to win a golf Major

19. His career-high world ranking is 5

20. He won the 2018 BBC World Sports Star award

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