Francesco Molinari the player of the year

The European Tour player’s season only got better when his peers voted Francesco Molinari the player of the year 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup.

Francesco Molinari the player of the year - Francesco Molinari

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.

Francesco Molinari the player of the year

At the Ryder Cup outside Paris, he became the first European to win all five points from his five matches against the United States.

A panel comprising members of the golfing media voted for the 36-year-old Molinari.

“So many great names have earned this honour and I feel very proud to join them,” said Molinari. “It is an award that means a lot to me and is a nice way to end a very special year.”

Although delighted with the accolade, Molinari has been generally happy with the level of golf he has been able to maintain throughout the season.

Francesco Molinari the player of the year

He added: “I’m very proud of the trophies but even more of the level of golf I’ve played throughout the summer.

“The start of the year was good but not as good obviously as what was to come. From the win at Wentworth, it seemed to click and I think I got to a level of performance that I had never reached before.

“I know how hard I worked to get there so I know it won’t be easy to get there again but that has to be the goal going forward.”

Keith Pelley, CEO of the PGA European Tour, said: “I think when you talk about Francesco, he is consistently a great player year after year after year.”

Francesco Molinari the player of the year

“But I think what makes him very special is his off-course activities and he’s spent so much money and so much time giving to charities.

“His charity Borne, which helps scientific research prevent premature babies from being born is something which really showcases what Francesco really is and that he is a very, very good golfer who is a special person off the course.”

2 Responses

  1. Yes he did have a great season in 2018 and we are sure he will keep those results flowing in, we are sure his mate Tommy Fleetwood will be pushing him more than ever over the next 12 months or so.

    Bogeys to Birdies

  2. Richard Simkin says:

    This man Molinari has had a great year in 2018 and I hope that he keeps it up going into 2019, it’s a hard act to follow but he has such a solid game throughout he will surely give the majors another nudge again in 2019 and also years to come – he has age on his side!

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