(born 8 November 1982) is an Italian
. He is a two-time winner on the European Tour
and was a member of the 2010 European Ryder Cup
Background and amateur career
Molinari was born in Turin
, and is the younger brother of Edoardo
. As an amateur, he won the Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship twice, and the Italian Match Play Championship in 2004. He turned professional
later that year.
At the 2004 European Tour qualifying school
, Molinari earned full playing status for the 2005 season, in which he ultimately finished in eighty-sixth place in the tour's Order of Merit
In May 2006, Molinari claimed his first European Tour victory, becoming the first Italian since Massimo Mannelli
in 1980 to win the Telecom Italia Open
. He finished 24th on the Order of Merit in 2008, and improved this placement in the augural Race to Dubai
where he has ranked 14th.
In October 2009, Molinari reached the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings
for the first time.
On 29 November 2009, Molinari, along with his older brother Edoardo, led Italy to their first World Cup
win at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in China.
In August 2010, he qualified to represent Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup
which place at Celtic Manor
On 7 November 2010, Molinari won the WGC-HSBC Champions
in Shanghai. He defeated Lee Westwood
by one stroke, finishing at 19-under... Read More