Fitzpatrick leads as Molinari misses cut at Italian Open
ROME (AP) — Five-time European Tour winner Matthew Fitzpatrick took a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday, while local favorite Francesco Molinari missed the...
Road to 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome begins with Italian Open
ROME (AP) — When the European Tour last came to Rome back in 2002, Francesco Molinari was a teenage amateur just pleased to make the cut and golf was a relatively unknown sport in...
Scott, Landry share first-round lead at Safeway Open
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Slow starts plagued Adam Scott last season, a prime reason the former No. 1 player in the world was winless despite solid overall numbers. After taking a brief break, the...
Woods shows up in Chicago, has work to do to reach Atlanta
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — The mild oblique strain that Tiger Woods cited when he withdrew after one round of FedEx Cup playoffs was feeling good enough that he flew to the Chicago area Tuesday to give...
Majors over as players try to adjust to crammed schedule
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Andrew Landry hit the opening tee shot at the Masters. Shane Lowry hit the final shot at the British Open.
British Open, Field
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Players who are exempt and expected to compete in the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on July 18-21. Players listed only in the first...
Molinari returns claret jug, faces long odds getting it back
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Golf's oldest championship is all about tradition, and this is one Francesco Molinari could have done without.
The new Tiger Woods manages his health more than his game
That was Tiger Woods in his red shirt on Sunday at the Masters. That was Tiger Woods slipping on the green jacket.
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship:
Kim returns to John Deere with 17 straight missed cuts
Michael Kim had missed six out of seven cuts and changed coaches when he showed up at the John Deere Classic last year. He broke the tournament record at 27-under 257 and won by eight shots,...
Rough finish pushes Molinari back down the pack
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Climbing down a cliff and riding in a golf cart are among the things players mostly need to avoid when trying to contend for a U.S. Open.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose — all U.S. Open champions — will be playing the opening two rounds together at the Open at Pebble Beach.
The Latest: Tiger back at Bethpage, ready to go
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):
Tiger Woods is back at Bethpage Black after a late decision to skip the final round of practice...
Molinari not forgetting final round at Augusta National
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — For the past month, the golf world has been riding the high of seeing Tiger Woods win the Masters.
What has been forgotten is Woods' unexpected victory pretty much...
Woods uses leaderboard to interpret Augusta roars
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods knew he was back in the game at the Masters when Francesco Molinari hit into the water on the 12th hole and made double bogey. From there, Woods relied on his...
Molinari focusing on RBC Heritage after letdown at Masters
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Francesco Molinari feels worn out after collapsing on the final nine at the Masters last week and is looking to conjure up the mental energy to compete at the RBC...
A glance at fourth round of the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A glance at the fourth round of the Masters:
WINNER: Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 70 to finish with a 13-under 275 total, winning the Masters for the fifth time and...
Chaotic leaderboard, Tiger’s win makes for memorable Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods' drama-filled win Sunday at Augusta National made for a memorable Masters.
The severe weather that threatened to create havoc on the course never...
Key hole in the fourth round of the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The key hole in the fourth round of the Masters:
Steady for so long, Molinari’s wet miscues cost him Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Francesco Molinari was gracious in defeat, despite losing control of the Masters following a wet and disappointing back nine.
Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Record scores on the white boards at Augusta National. Ground-shaking roars for Tiger Woods along the back nine.
Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz on a delirious...
Key hole in third round of Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The key hole in the third round of the Masters:
Column: Tiger in the mix for breakfast at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Breakfast at the Masters can't come soon enough.
So get the pimento cheese sandwiches and coffee ready. Don't forget something for all the heartburn — and all the...
A glance at round 3 of the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A glance at the third round of the Masters (all times EDT):
LEADING: Francesco Molinari, who shot a 6-under 66 to lead by two shots at 13 under.
Day, Scott, Oosthuizen stuck in neutral on day for going low
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — On a day for going low at the Masters, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen were stuck in neutral.
So much for moving day. It might cost them a shot at the green...
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the third round of the Masters (all times local):
Francesco Molinari was one many players who enjoyed the conditions at Augusta National during...
Tiger makes a Masters logjam look even larger
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods ran into the long leg of the law and escaped with a most unlikely birdie.
He just couldn't take the next step — one more birdie on a back nine filled with so...
A glance at Round 2 of the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A glance at the second round of the Masters:
LEADING: Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen at 7-under 137.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the second round at the Masters (all times local):
The top of the leaderboard is crowded after two rounds at the Masters.
Molinari an intimidating presence through his trophies
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Francesco Molinari still recalls his first experience at the Masters, especially the nerves of trying to pick the right club for the par-3 12th, all while having defending...
Qualifiers for the 2019 Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The 87 players who are eligible and expected to play in the 83rd Masters, which starts Thursday. Players listed only in the first category for which they are...
Masters atmosphere keeps everyone on best behavior
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Francesco Molinari learned on the eve of his first appearance at the Masters this major was different from the others.
He was at Augusta National in 2006, not to play but...
Kevin Kisner gets it right at Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kisner can't think of another tournament that made him grind so hard.
He began the Dell Technologies Match Play with a loss in the opening round. He had to play...
Column: Molinari putting together a record hard to ignore
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Francesco Molinari might not look like the modern version of an Arnold Palmer, a player who makes people watch because of his ability to charge from behind with...
Francesco Molinari wins Arnold Palmer Invitational
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — British Open champion Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt — and leaving the flag stick in the cup. His...
Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie’s place
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Francesco Molinari had seen so many clutch birdie putts on the 18th green at Bay Hill, most of them by Tiger Woods in the final group, usually with Arnold Palmer standing next...
Column: Tiger Woods’ biggest moment didn’t last very long
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life.
Even one involving Tiger Woods.
With respect to Brooks Koepka and his two majors, or Francesco Molinari with his claret jug and 5-0 mark in the Ryder Cup, no moment last year captivated golf as much as Woods finishing off his improbable comeback by winning the final PGA Tour event of the season at the Tour Championship.
Fleetwood: Team Europe was such a family at the Ryder Cup
LONDON (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood says he was blown away by the family atmosphere that was generated by Europe's triumphant 12-man team when he made his Ryder Cup debut this year.
The 27-year-old Englishman formed an unbeatable combination with his close friend Francesco Molinari of Italy in September, with the pairing dubbed 'Moliwood' winning all four of their matches together in Europe's 17 ½ - 10 ½ victory over the United States at Le Golf National in Paris.
Molinari set to focus on US golf circuit next year
LONDON (AP) — Francesco Molinari says he may not play in Europe until the 19th-ranked Italian defends his British Open title in July.
The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the European Tour calendar will combine to leave the London-based golfer short of available dates to compete on his home circuit next year.
Molinari is even struggling to commit to the British Masters in May, despite receiving an invitation from tournament host, close friend and Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood.
Molinari voted as European Tour’s player of 2018
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Francesco Molinari has been voted as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup.
Molinari became the first Italian to win the British Open after his triumph at Carnoustie, and finished the season as the Race to Dubai champion for the first time.
England’s Willett wins World Tour Championship
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Danny Willett ended his title drought in thrilling fashion, winning the DP World Tour Championship by two shots despite a last-hole blunder on Sunday.
It was the 31-year-old Englishman's first victory since the 2016 Masters, secured with a final-round 4-under-par 68 for an 18-under total of 270.
Francesco Molinari finished in joint 26th place to win the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
Molinari 1 shot ahead of Fleetwood in race for European No 1
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Francesco Molinari missed two par putts from less than two feet in his opening round of the World Tour Championship on Thursday to give Tommy Fleetwood a sliver of a chance of keeping the European Tour season title.
Molinari was cruising at one stage, having reached 6-under par after 14 holes, but three-putted the 15th and 18th holes to finish on 4-under 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Europe wins back Ryder Cup, beating US 17 1/2-10 1/2
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Payback belongs to Europe, and so does the Ryder Cup.
Two years after the Americans thought they had their Ryder Cup problems figured out, Europe reminded them Sunday why it practically has owned this shiny gold trophy for the last quarter-century.
Column: Time for Tiger & Lefty to exit the Ryder Cup stage
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Phil Mickelson watched the ball splash into the pond in front of the 16th green and knew he was done. No need to hit any more errant shots on a day filled with them. Lefty removed his cap and stuck out his right hand to Francesco Molinari, carrying out golf's version of the white flag.
Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe waited two long years for that one moment when the Ryder Cup was back in its hands.
Exactly when it happened Sunday was unclear, making it all the better.
At roughly the same time, in two singles matches on two greens at Le Golf National separated by 150 yards of water, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia each made par to secure at least a half-point, either one giving Europe the 14½ points it needed to regain the Ryder Cup from the Americans.
A brief look at the Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — A brief look Sunday at the Ryder Cup:
SCORE: Europe 17½-10½.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Francesco Molinari became the first player for Europe to go 5-0 in the matches.
EUROPEAN STREAK: Europe now has won nine of the last 12 times in the Ryder Cup and has not lost at home since 1993.
WINLESS: Tiger Woods went 0-4, failing to contribute a point for the first time in eight Ryder Cups.
Francesco Molinari: British Open champ, now Ryder Cup hero
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Francesco Molinari walked straight into the heart of a throng of rowdy European fans beside the 16th tee and was soon covered with beer from plastic pint pots.
He finally managed to yank himself free, only for his teammates to lift him off his feet. His captain, Thomas Bjorn, emerged through a mass of cameras and grabbed his star player by both cheeks.
Europe builds 10-6 lead in Ryder Cup behind ‘Moliwood’
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood walked down the fairway after delivering another big point in the Ryder Cup, side by side with their arms around each other's shoulder.
Here came "Moliwood" at Le Golf National, the latest Ryder Cup sensation and the first European tandem to win all four matches since the current format began in 1979. Even more satisfying was that three of those points came at the expense of Tiger Woods.