Francesco Molinari facts.
BMW PGA Championship.
It must have been frustrating for Rory McIlroy. The four-time majors winner started the final round of the 2018 BMW PGA Championship tied with Francesco Molinari – and the Italian played with clockwork precision, didn’t make a single error and ultimately beat the man from Northern Ireland by two strokes. Molinari allowed himself just two bogeys on the challenging West Course that week. It was the initial spark of an incredible season.
With his well-deserved victory at the 2018 BMW PGA Championship, Francesco Molinaro drew level with Constantino Rocca, who has also recorded five European Tour victories – more than any other Italian. Neither Rocca nor any of his fellow countrymen had ever celebrated a title on the PGA TOUR. Until 1st July 2018, when Molinaro triumphed at the Quicken Loans National and went down in the history books once again.
July 2018 witnessed something else never seen before. The setting this time: Carnoustie and the Open. For the first time in the history of golf, an Italian won a Major. Once again it was his flawless play, which saw Molinari finish at the top of the leader board on Sunday, despite being three shots behind at the start of the round. He mastered the final 37 holes of the 2018 Open without dropping as single shot. The Open winner’s title “Champion Golfer of the Year” has rarely been as applicable as it was for Francesco Molinari in the 2018 season.
As good as it gets. Five matches, five wins – Francesco Molinari became the first ever European to get the maximum number of points at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris. He won four points alongside Tommy Fleetwood, another first for a European duo. The dream team’s performance was honoured with the nickname “Molliwood”.