U.S. Open preview: Francesco Molinari
Italy’s Francesco Molinari probably isn’t known to many casual American fans but he is considered one of the rising stars in Europe. Back in early May, Molinari shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday to win the Spanish Open by three strokes, the first Italian to capture the European Tour event. Molinari finished at 8-under 280 in the 100th edition of the tournament for his third victory on the tour.
He entered the final round four strokes behind leader England’s Simon Dyson, who shot a 76 and tied for 12th place. Molinari moved to second in the list of most wins by an Italian in European Tour history with three, two behind Costantino Rocca, who has five.
World ranking: 33.
Official wins: 2.
U.S. Open highlight: Tied for 27th in his debut at Bethpage Black.
U.S. Open lowlight: Hasn’t seen the weekend at a U.S. Open since Bethpage Black.
WagerWeb.com odds to win U.S. Open: +9000
Overview: The Italian is one of the most understated players on the world stage. He’s very straight off the tee, though not terribly long. His putter is not always the strongest club in the bag, though he showed his potential in Shanghai two years ago with a fabulous duel with Lee Westwood to win the HSBC Champions.