Molinari Dominates at Quicken Loans PDF Print E-mail



Francesco Molinari celebrates with Tiger Woods after winning the Quicken Loans National

Bethesda, Maryland - Francesco Molinari's best finish in his twelve previous

starts on the PGA Tour this season was a tie for 16th at the Wells Fargo

Championship. After the biggest European win of his career in May at the

BMW Championship (and a runner-up finish the following week in his

homeland at the Italian Open), Molinari was looking to climb back into the

Fedex Cup race (he came into the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac

at Avenel Farms 123rd in the point standings).


The 35 year-old Italian entered Sunday tied for the lead after rounds of

67-65-65. When he made the turn three shots clear of the field, he

seemed to be in command, then Molinari proceeded to slam the door shut

- going six under par over a 5 hole stretch (Eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie)

to start the inward nine. GAME OVER. The eight-shot winning margin was

the product of his final round 62, and total score of 21 under par.


For Molinari, it was his first win on U.S soil and getting the trophy from

tournament host Tiger Woods made it all the more special. "It's amazing

to win a tournament hosted by Tiger. He is probably the greatest ever to

play the game and I grew up as a teenager watching him on TV dominating

golf tournaments," Molinari said. "It's even more special to win in this style

and to get his congratulations on the last green was a very proud moment

for me."


Tournament host Tiger Woods finished tied for 4th ten shots back after

rounds of 70-68-65-66.