Victories at the Piemonte Open, the Kazakhstan Open and the Italian Federation Cup, allied to a further nine top ten finishes, meant he finished the 2009 season year with earnings of (euro)242,979 – a Challenge Tour record – and ensured a return to The European Tour as the Number One graduate. On the back of a superb season, also climbed into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and completed a memorable journey by partnering his younger brother, Francesco, to Italy’s first victory in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup just a few days after capturing Japan’s richest event, the Dunlop Phoenix. Enjoyed an illustrious amateur career, grabbing golfing headlines around the world in the summer of 2005 as the first European player to win the US Amateur Championship since 1911. Turned professional in the summer of 2006 after finishing his engineering degree at the University of Torino. Made a blistering start to the 2007 Challenge Tour season, winning twice in the space of five weeks at the Club Colombia Masters and then the Tusker Kenya Open en route to finishing 16th in the final Rankings to earn a first season on The European Tour.
Was an engineering student at the University in Turin. Changed his swing in 2005. Won the 1996 English Boys Championship beating Justin Rose in a playoff. Lost in final of European Boys' Championship in 1997. Won Turin Amateur match play in 2001. Represented Italy several times and also played in European Team. leading qualifier in European Team Championship last week at Hillside.
Qualified for the 2005 British Open with a replacement set of Ping clubs after his set was “lost” in his airline travel to Ladybank Golf Club… shot 70-70 and was tied for 15th after two rounds of the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews… was T5 after 33 holes… finished 74-75 and was T60.
Before playing in the 2005 U.S. Amateur had sent in his application for European Tour qualifying later in the year. When he won the U.S. Amateur, beating Dillon Dougherty in the finals 4 & 3 he put turning professional and playing on the European Tour on hold. He was the first Italian to win the U.S. Amateur and the second Italian to earn a USGA title. Silva Cavalleri captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1997. He is the first European to win the Amateur since Harold Hilton of Liverpool, England, won the 1911 Amateur at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.
When Molinari played in the 2006 Masters he was the first Italian to play since Costantino Rocca played in 1998.
He is a fairly accomplished downhill skier, born and lives in Torino, Italy, home to the 2006 Winter Olympics… speaks Italian, English and some French… nicknamed “the engineer” by his golf friends because he's so analytical on the golf course… father, Paolo, a dentist, went to dental school in the United States at USC.
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