POKER- FACED FRANCESCO
Check the Turin title-hunter for a pulse! The 35-year-old’s historic 5-0 record as Europe brilliantly regained the Ryder Cup in Paris continued a career year that could yet have a fairytale finish should Molinari hold onto his Race to Dubai points lead come November 18. It would be nothing more than the poker-faced Italian deserves after winning the European Tour’s flagship BMW Championship at Wentworth and the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie this summer. Indeed, the seemingly nerveless way Molinari captured his fifth and sixth European Tour titles either side of a maiden PGA Tour triumph at the Quicken Loans National in June-early July, it wouldn’t surprise if he emulates McIlroy, Stenson and Westwood by doing the DP World Tour Championship, Harry Vardon Trophy double. Has form on Earth with five top 10s in nine starts to go with that dreamy driver, precision iron game and steely resolve. Regardless of what transpires at JGE, Molinari seems certain to eclipse his career-best R2D finish of 5th in 2010. That the front man of “Moliwood” departs Earth as one of the coolest cats on tour is also unquestioned.