FRANCESCO MOLI­NARI

‘My su­per­power would be in­vis­i­bil­ity. Some­times in life it can be use­ful to dis­ap­pear.’

Golf World (UK) - - CONTENTS - Francesco Moli­nari

Death, re­grets and su­per­pow­ers... The big star of 2018 pon­ders life’s big ques­tions.

What’s been your clos­est brush with death?

I’ve been for­tu­nate enough that there haven’t been any, at least as far as I know. I’m not re­ally an adren­a­line junkie so I don’t think I’ve put my­self in too many po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions in the 35 years I’ve been on the planet.

What are your pas­sions away from golf?

I like sports in gen­eral, so I’ll watch any sport on TV. I love to play foot­ball but it’s a bit too risky with the job. I spend a lot of time with my kids and try to get them in­volved in sport as much as pos­si­ble.

What foot­ball team do you sup­port?

I sup­port In­ter Mi­lan in Italy and West Ham in Eng­land. West Ham have been strug­gling for longer than any­one wanted now. The new sta­dium hasn’t been the best re­sults-wise, but we need to give it a bit more time and see how it goes. They re­ally needed to make a good de­ci­sion for their lat­est man­ager and I think Manuel Pel­le­grini is a good choice. I’m con­fi­dent he will turn it around.

What su­per­power would you have and why?

Prob­a­bly to be in­vis­i­ble be­cause it can be use­ful to dis­ap­pear and for no one to see you some­times in life.

Do you have any se­cret tal­ents?

I’m a good cook but I don’t know if that counts as a se­cret ta­lent. I can turn my hand to quite a few dif­fer­ent dishes but it’s ob­vi­ously mostly Ital­ian dishes from pizza to pasta.

Have you ever had any re­grets in life?

I’ve al­ways tried to make the best choices and de­ci­sions when it was time to make them, so for that rea­son alone I wouldn’t say I re­gret any­thing.

You’re based in Eng­land now so what do you miss most about Italy?

I miss the way of liv­ing. It’s a beau­ti­ful coun­try and there’s a lot of cul­ture to do with food and wine and just en­joy­ing life. I think peo­ple in the UK are a bit more work-driven, which is good in a way, but ide­ally you want a com­bi­na­tion of the two.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

I would go to An­cient Rome so I could see how it was back then and have a look around. There’s still a lot of ar­chi­tec­ture and arte­facts in Italy from that time, but of course these things are now 2,000 years old. I think it would be nice to see all those things when they had just been built and were brand new.

Do you have any fears?

Yes, many things. Spi­ders, snakes, many things. I’ve al­ways dis­liked snakes. I’ve seen a few on golf cour­ses around the world un­for­tu­nately and it’s never too pleas­ant. There are plenty of things I am afraid of but I sup­pose my big­gest fear is not be­ing healthy.

What’s your favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion?

The south of Italy, ei­ther Si­cily, Puglia or Sar­dinia. There are many beau­ti­ful spots there and the life­style is amaz­ing.

Who is your non-golf­ing hero?

I don’t want to get too po­lit­i­cal but prob­a­bly for­mer US pres­i­dent Barack Obama. It’s been very cool to see the United States hav­ing a pres­i­dent like that and I think he’s a great ex­am­ple for my chil­dren as well.

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?

I’d sleep in, go to the beach, have some nice food and wine and en­joy the sun­set. I’d have to say there prob­a­bly wouldn’t be any golf.

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