Francesco Molinari is in fiamme! And, now he’s made history.
The aura and mystique of Augusta and the demanding test of the US Open are mighty honors, but the Open Championship is without a doubt the most prestigious tournament in golf, worldwide. It is the Super Bowl. For Molinari to win his first major at the Open is special but becoming the first Italian-born major champion in history is transcendent.
Heading into the weekend at Carnoustie, Francesco Molinari found himself at even par and 6 strokes back of the leaders. And, then he made his move.
On a course where 12 of the 18 holes played over par for the week Molinari fired back-to-back bogey-free rounds of 65 and 69. The birdie on the 72nd hole, taking him to (-8) for the championship, all but sealed the deal.
Even with players only a couple shots back still on the course it felt as if the Claret Jug was in his clutches. A few nervy moments later and it was officially his. Francesco Molinari, 2018 Open Champion.
Amidst a career year Molinari has been busy. Needing to focus on playing PGA Tour events to maintain his playing eligibility stateside, Francesco finds himself tied for seventh in the hunt for the FedEx Cup. He’s also found time to compete across the pond in several European Tour events and is the leader in the Race to Dubai.
An incredible ball striker from the tee and in the fairways, Francesco’s run of form of late is out of this world. Since missing the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship all Molinari has done is finish 1st (BMW PGA Championship), 2nd (Italian Open), T-25 (US Open), 1st (Quicken Loans National), 2nd (John Deere Classic) and 1st (Open Championship).
These are the clubs he used to win the historic 147th playing of the Open Championship:
Francesco Molinari’s Golf Clubs
(As reported by the PGA TOUR)
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro White 60X shaft), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M3 (Aldila XTorsion Green 70X shaft), 13 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade P-790 UDI (2-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Putter: Bettinardi DASS BBZero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x