Thursday, February 3, 2011

Edoardo Molinari

Edoardo Molinari (born 11 February 1981) is an Italian professional golfer. He is a two-time winner on the European Tour, 2005 United States Amateur champion, 2009 Challenge Tour Rankings leader, winner, with his brother Francesco, of the 2009 World Cup and a member of the 2010 European Ryder Cup team. He has won professional tournaments on four of six continents on which golf is played: Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Molinari was born in Turin to Micaela, a now retired architect, and Paolo Molinari, a dentist. He began to accompany his father to the golf course at age eight. Molinari speaks fluent English and Spanish in addition to Italian. His longtime girlfriend is Anna Roscio, who also lives in Turin. She caddied for Molinari at the 2010 Masters Par-3 Tournament. Denis Pugh, of London, serves as a swing coach to both Molinari brothers. He postponed retirement to work with the Molinari brothers, and he helped to rebuild Edoardo's swing, moving from hitting predominantly draws to fading the ball.

Molinari is nicknamed "Dodo" because his younger brother, Francesco, could not pronounce "Edoardo" as a child. He continues to live in Turin and to represent his home club, Circolo Golf Torino. His interests include the Juventus Football (soccer) club and the Internet. He is considered one of the most emotional players on the European PGA Tour and one of the most attractive players on the tour. He is also considered very popular with his fellow competitors on tour, many of whom advocated his selection to the 2010 European Ryder Cup team.

Molinari is now working with Irish caddie Colin Byrne, who has earned 20 wins with other golfers such as South African major champion Retief Goosen.

Amateur wins

* 1996 English Boys Under 16 Championship
* 2001 Italian Amateur Championship
* 2002 Italian Amateur Foursomes Championship (with Francesco Molinari)
* 2003 Turkish Amateur Open Championship
* 2004 Italian Amateur Foursomes Championship (with Francesco Molinari)
* 2005 U.S. Amateur

Edoardo Molinari Act During The Match

Molinari turned professional in 2006, after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Turin with a degree in engineering. In 2007 he won the Club Colombia Masters and the Tusker Kenya Open on Europe's developmental Challenge Tour. The two victories and his consistent play led to a 16th place finish on the season-long money list. That success enabled him to play on the top level European Tour during the 2008 season. Molinari's play was uneven during that season due to a wrist injury, and he was unable to retain his playing privileges in 2009.

Molinari's successful 2010 campaign saw him rise to a career-high of fourteenth in the Official World Golf Rankings.[21] Molinari finished the 2010 season ranked 11th on the Race to Dubai, formerly known as the European Tour Order of Merit. He finished the year ranked eighteenth in the world.

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