Francesco Molinari has described his BMW PGA Championship win last year as»enormous» because of his optimism and a vital factor that caused his memorable Open triumph at Carnoustie.
Molinari produced an outstanding display of front-running past May, to carry off playing-partner Rory McIlroy in Wentworth, along with his success sparked a run of results which included his maiden title less than two weeks later, where he upstaged Tiger Woods and McIlroy.
The Italian also recorded a record-breaking five wins out of five at the Ryder Cup, even though he has had a quieter 2019 and picked up his sole silverware at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
But he remains in the planet’s top 10 and is looking forward to defending his BMW PGA name in the September playing with the championship.
Reflecting on his victory May, Molinari explained:»It was enormous because I was in a similar spot to last year here without being able to close out the tournament. It gave a lot of confidence to me.
«I had been watching a movie of the last few holes on Sunday, and you might see I was uneasy in that position. I think that has been the first step forward to getting more comfortable in shutting out it and leading a championship.
«I think if you examine it to Carnoustie, it’s pretty simple to see the difference. I am quite happy the way if I put into that place again this year, it moved and emphasise I’ll hit a far greater shot that is third !
«The win at the States (Quicken Loans National) obviously helped more moving in the Open, which gave me more confidence then going in the Ryder Cup. I am sure when I quit playing, I’ll reflect on last year but particularly those three weeks May, June, July were something it would be hard to replicate.
«Obviously I will work as hard as I can to get it done, however I know I have put a fairly significant standard,» added Molinari, who looked on track to amass another major title at the Masters in April, only to find water twice over the back nine on Sunday as Woods stormed to his first major victory in almost 11 years.
«I had a really good start of the year and then, after the Masters, obviously I haven’t done as well,» said Molinari, that hasn’t posted a top-10 ending within his eight starts as his Augusta National disappointment.
«I believe there has been perhaps some scheduling issues. Golf that was adequate and I’ve played aside from the PGA, at the other types. I am not happy how I played in the tournaments, although I’m very happy the way I played with in the US Open and The Open.
«It’s difficult to pinpoint 1 reason as to this. I have spoken to the folks around me and we are attempting to work out how best to move forward, and also to play better golf.»
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