FRANCESCO MOLI­NARI

Golf Australia - - 19TH HOLE -

MOLI­NARI’S HIGH­LIGHTS: • Moli­nari com­pleted an out­stand­ing North­ern sum­mer that saw him win on both the Euro­pean and PGA Tours and claim his maiden ma­jor ti­tle at The Open be­fore go­ing 5-0-0 (win-loss-half) at The Ry­der Cup in France. The Ital­ian was the first Euro­pean to achieve the feat and first player since Amer­ica’s Larry Nel­son com­pleted the clean sweep in 1979. Four of Moli­nari’s points came along­side part­ner Tommy Fleet­wood in the all-con­quer­ing com­bi­na­tion im­mor­talised as ‘Moli­wood’, with his fi­nal win the cup-clinch­ing point against Phil Mick­el­son in the Sun­day sin­gles. • The 35-year-old fin­ished 2017 as the 21st player on the world rank­ing. But his wins in the BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship at Went­worth, Quicken Loans Na­tional in Amer­ica, as well as claim­ing the Claret Jug at Carnoustie, helped to el­e­vate him to a ca­reer high World No.5 at the con­clu­sion of the FedExCup play­offs, in which he fin­ished 17th. • At the time of go­ing to print, Moli­nari held a 1,413,961 point lead over Fleet­wood on the Euro­pean Tour’s Race to Dubai stand­ings de­spite play­ing six less events than the English­man with six events re­main­ing in the sea­son. • The three-time Ry­der Cup­per earnt an im­pres­sive US$5,065,842 through­out the 2017/18 wrap­around PGA Tour sea­son, some of which also counted to­wards Moli­nari eclips­ing the €20mil­lion mark in ca­reer earn­ings in Eu­rope. His to­tal of €21,105,872 places him in 13th on the all-time list, one spot in front of this year’s win­ning Ry­der Cup Cap­tain Thomas Bjørn.

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