Ended 2010 on a high by winning the WGC-HSBC Champions and tying for sixth at the Dubai World Championship to finish a career-best fifth in The Race to Dubai. That followed a Ryder Cup debut in October. Also achieved team success with brother Edoardo a year earlier as they made history by winning the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for Italy. Underlined his reputation as one of Europe's most consistent performers in 2010 with 11 top-10 finishes, including a playoff loss to Miguel Angel Jiménez in the Alstom Open de France, runner-up in the Portugal Masters, third in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and tied for fourth in The Barclays Scottish Open. Both times in Scotland he played in the final group with Edoardo, who went on to victory on both occasions.
The younger, by nearly two years, of the golfing Molinari brothers, Francesco upstaged his elder sibling in May 2006 when he became the first Italian to win the Telecom Italian Open in 26 years, nine months after Edoardo became the first Italian winner of the U.S. Amateur in 2005.
PGA European Tour Victories
2 - 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions; 2006 Italian Open
2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup (partnered with big brother Edoardo)