Get to know this year's Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari

18 Things You Didn’t Know About Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari won his maiden major at the Open Championship earlier this year to round off a sublime 2018 season that will see him once again play in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National. A player with huge success at that particular course, Molinari will be of vital importance if Europe are to win back the up after losing in 2016 at Hazeltine.

Get to know the Open Champion with these 18 facts below…

18 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 6, 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

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

12. He is a keen snowboarder

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

13. Some will consider him the best Italian golfer of all time. He has passed Constantino Rocca’s total of five European Tour wins – Molinari now has six after major glory at the Open

14. He doesn’t have a full-bag equipment contract. Since Nike stopped making golf clubs he has turned to TaylorMade equipment (he does have a ball deal with Titleist and putter deal with Bettinardi) – see his full ‘What’s in the bag?’ here

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

16. He is coached by Denis Pugh and has recently 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

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