Tag Archives: Francesco Molinari

Sep
30
2018

Just like in past Ryder Cups, the scene is always rather chaotic when the matches are coming down the stretch, and we (media people) are staring at the leaderboard trying to figure out which one will clinch the winning point, so we can be there to get what we need. Sunday at Le Golf National was no different. I usually let colleagues try to work out the math because if you’ve seen on Twitter this week, it’s not my strong suit — numbers have never really been my thing. However, strange to stay, but I have some experience now and you can never go wrong with the 16th or 17th greens.

And in this week’s case, the 16th green is the safer bet because you can see the 15th green and the 18th, as well. Meanwhile, the 17th goes out the other direction, so it’s a drag and a much further walk. It was the only and best bet I made all week.

It was only fitting that Francesco Molinari clinched the point for Europe to take back the Ryder Cup. Molinari, who became the first European player to win all five matches in Ryder Cup history, beat Phil Mickelson 4&2.

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Sep
29
2018
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Check out my Insta-story.

Dude, we feel you, Tiger. We feel you. Rough couple of days for Tiger Woods and the vast majority of the American players.

As you probably know, the Europeans have a commanding 10-6 lead after Saturday’s fourball and foursomes sessions heading into Sunday’s 12 single sessions. You can check out the line-up here.

So you’re saying there’s still a chance… < > Yes, I have heard about 1999 and I certainly remember Medinah in 2012 because I was there and Sunday was like the most intense and electrifying day of golf I’ve ever witnessed. I know, never say never, but holy shit, if this American team pulls off a comeback tomorrow, then I’ll kiss Bubba Watson’s and Webb Simpson’s feet!

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Sep
28
2018

The Europeans swept the Americans in Friday’s afternoon foursome matches to take a 5-3 lead after the opening day of the Ryder Cup. Team USA looked pretty good after taking three out of four points in the morning fourballs, but then they just completely tanked it in the afternoon session.

Phrases I hate hearing: There’s a lot of golf left; Can’t believe the captain paired player x and x (Bryson and Phil re: today; not that I don’t agree) together. Why did captain bench player x (Captain America Patrick Reed)? Well, that’s the problem with democracy.

And ugh, I feel you.

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May
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

The body language says it all for Rory McIlroy, doesn’t it? The world no. 1 hung in there on the front nine at even par, but fatigue caught up with him on the back and he shot a six-over 78 to miss the cut at the BMW PGA Championship.

Despite expressing his slight disappointment that he wouldn’t be able to attempt to defend his title at Wentworth over the weekend, there’s a silver lining that comes with having the weekend off — which is exactly that.

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Jan
31
2015

Francesco Molinari made a hole-in-one on the famed par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He hit a pitching wedge from 133 yards and his shot landed just past the pin before spinning back and dropping in the hole.

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Dec
16
2013
God.

God.

There are many ways to qualify — excuse me, receive an invitation to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National to play in the Masters Tournament every April. Well, actually, there are 19 different ways, one of which is to finish in the top 50 in the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year.

Well, finally, there are no more golf tournaments with world ranking points this year — that list was published on Monday, and 14 players were added to the 2014 Masters field. 

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May
27
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Reunited!

I tell you — it’s not easy to keep up with the Caddie-Merry-Go-Round the last several weeks. One second this player has hired that caddie and then the next that caddie decides to go to another player. You see, wasn’t that confusing?

After Craig Connelly, aka “Wee Man,” was sacked by Martin Kaymer, he accepted a job with Francesco Molinari, who fired his looper Jorge Gamarra the same week. But then Paul Casey let go of Luke Donald’s brother Christian and offered the position to Connelly. Just a few days after agreeing to caddie for Molinari, Connelly showed up at Wentworth as Casey’s man.

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May
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Adam Scott parts ways with longtime looper Tony Navarro

Maybe it’s that time of the month or something’s in the water, but there have been an awful lot of player/caddie splits lately. Martin Kaymer won’t be the only pro with a different looper on his bag this week. Add Adam Scott, Camilo Villegas, Francesco Molinari and Boo Weekley to the conversation, among others.

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Feb
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Italy’s Francesco Molinari, ranked no. 17 in the world, will compete in the WGC Match Play Championship, after all. Molinari had planned to skip the event because his wife was expecting their first child. She gave birth to a boy on February 6. Molinari’s status was still uncertain until he made an announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. As shown above, he wrote, “Decision made, leaving Sunday for Tucson. Looking forward to the Matchplay!”

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