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Francesco Molinari, the golf player who brings Italy to the top of the golf world

In the Italian sporting imagination, 2018 is the year of the  World Cup without Italy playing, sixty years after the last time it happened. An unexpected event whereby not even the English bookmakers, known for their unscrupulous wisdom, would have bet a penny: a surprise result that gain attentions from newspapers and TV from all over the world.
After all, sport teaches us that nothing is certain forever and years of supremacy can vanish in a moment, at the fastest pace of a hyper-connected and globalised world.
The boundaries that delimit the areas of sporting influence are becoming increasingly blurred and liquid – Zigmund Bauman would say - while the clichés end up in the attic.
The Italians and, more generally, the Latin peoples play football, the New Zealanders and Australians rugby, the Chinese are great gymnasts and skilled in individual sports, and so on.

2018: the incredible year of Francesco Molinari

Our story starts in 2018, when Francesco Molinari enters the Olympus of the best golf player in the world. At 36 years old, in Turin, and a life on the greens of half a world.
Il green di un campo da golf prima della partita
Unlike the usual golf player celebrities, Francesco Molinari travels with a low profile, but on 27 May he begins to weave the plot of his memorable year. In Surrey, England, the BMW PGA Championship is held, the most prestigious tournament of the European Tour: it is here that the best players in the world face off.
Francesco Molinari takes first place after being 54 holes paired to the Northern Irish Rory McIlroy and wins with a final score of -17, the result of 19 birdies and only two bogeys in four laps. A proof of pride that earned him, thanks to the weight of the tournament, 64 points in the overall ranking of golf player.
A beautiful golf course
The second and perhaps greatest satisfaction however, is around the corner: just over a month later, on July 1, Francesco Molinari flies to the States for the Quicken Loans National, a tournament of the PGA Tour. Here the star Tiger Woods plays at home, an authentic icon even off the field, but also the Mexican Abraham Ancer, the Korean Sung Kang and the American Ryan Armour are frightening. For Francesco Molinari winning is not an impossible task by now.
But 2018 is his year of grace and so there's no one in the U.S. either. Francesco Molinari closes the ranking in first place, leaving Ryan Armour with eight shots, Sung Kang with nine shots and the great Tiger Woods with ten shots. It will be the living myth of golf, at the end of the race, to congratulate the Italian player, giving him an award that goes beyond the trophy. It is a medal of value.
Golfista tenta il colpo vincente
Francesco Molinari's ascent continues twenty days to recharge his batteries, get rid of the euphoria and fly to Scotland to try and become champion of the Open Championship, circuit, one of the four majors. The Turin-based golfer staged an amazing last lap that regulated Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy – and allowed him to win the title, becoming the first Italian ever to win the laurel. In short, the theory of national sports is once again in crisis.
The die, by now, is cast and italian golfer Francesco Molinari is launched towards the apex of a sporting crescendo that is something incredible.

Ryder Cup and Race to Dubai, two memorable triumphs of the italian golf player

On 30 September, in the Guyancourt golf courses, not far from Paris, he won his third Ryder Cup, in the golf tournament that takes place every two years and sees the best European and American golfers compete against each other. Two teams with the crème of world golf: Francesco Molinari plays in the European golfer team led by Thomas Bjørn and is among the protagonists who contribute to the final victory; with five successes out of the five matches that saw him engaged, he conquers the record of the competition and pushes the team to success.
Sunset on a golf course with a golfer
Then, in December, the double icing: the victory, for the first time, won by an Italian, of the famous golf  tournament Race to Dubai - the order of merit that designated the best European player - and the recognition by the Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano with the delivery of the Golden Collar for his golf sporting merit.

Life on the greens by Francesco Molinari and golf as a family sport

Another barrier knocked down and another sharp reminder for those who believe that in the Belpaese you only live by football. On the roof of Europe, with the best in the world, there is Francesco Molinari, a young man from Turin who for a lifetime has been committed, far from the spotlight and the front pages of newspapers, in what for him is the family sport.
Golfer prepares the shot with driver
The son of two parents who were amateur golfers, Francesco Molinari took to the course for the first time when he was just eight years old.
First the period in the amateur circuit, then the turning point with the transition to professionalism at the age of 22 years. Francesco Molinari has quality and shows it: technique, dedication, constancy. Four years after becoming a professional, he won the Open d’Italia and, in 2009, together with his brother Edoardo, who is one year older, won the World Cup.

Francesco Molinari is thrown towards the apex of a sporting crescendo that is something incredible.

It's the first time for an all-Italian couple, the first sign of destiny. From then on his talent flourished and in 2010 the first Ryder Cup arrived. In the meantime, between one hole and the next, Francesco finds time to graduate in Economics, marry his partner Valentina Platini, his manager, and move to London, where golf is a terribly serious thing, to improve even more.
The fruits can be seen: 2012 is the year of the second Ryder Cup, but above all the edition in which Francesco Molinari will be able to tie the match with Tiger Woods, a myth that until a few years before seemed elusive as a mirage, a deity who, that on October 1, finally takes on human traits. It was not a victory, but the first step to paradise, the first bell that draws attention to the talent of the young Italian.
Hatted golfer tries to get close to the hole with an iron
The rest is chronicle: the stabilisation at the highest levels and finally the great leap in 2018, to achieve in golf, which, in recent years, was only managed by Inter Milan with the triple. One more reason for pride for Francesco Molinari who, in addition to being a champion with a golf club, is a great fan of the ball and Inter fan.

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