Chicco Molinari keeps a low profile: “I’m behind on everything, I hope to improve”

The Turin-born has not yet solved the back problems that have afflicted him for months: “I have to put tournaments and holes in the farmhouse to get back to better levels of form. The field? I like it very much, great beautiful drawing ”

From our correspondent Mario Canfora

Let’s face it: two days before the start of the 78th edition of the Italian Open, scheduled from 2 to 5 September at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome), Francesco Molinari is rather resigned. presented to the press in the afternoon. A Molinari in search of an identity lost in the last period mainly due to back problems that he still struggles to keep away from. The Turinese puts his face to it, if we want to put himself a little naked as he speaks freely, without hiding his disappointment at the difficult moment. He is frank and tries not to deceive his fans and the people who will crowd the green of the estate owned by the Biagiotti family, where the prestigious Ryder Cup 2023 will be held. “I was curious to get to know the pitch – he says -: I saw the first nine holes, they did not disappoint me, excellent design, I hope for a good week but I do not have many illusions. Two years after the last time it is nice to return to the Italian Open. Unfortunately, physical problems affected my season and I don’t arrive here with high expectations. I hope to soon find the best form and above all the continuity that I lacked, especially in training ”.


Injuries have held him back, we said. Forcing him to skip the Tokyo Games as well. “The season did not go as I expected, I live with ups and downs. Skipping the Olympics was tough. But now I look forward and hope, in 2024, to be in top form in Paris. My move to California, from London, also complicated the situation as it was difficult to organize with my staff who was in another part of the world. The golfer’s is a team effort, let’s see from now to the end of the year what will happen, if the restrictions still complicate my planning for next season. At the moment the team is always the same, but at the end of the year it is obvious that an evaluation will have to be made precisely by virtue of the health situation that will exist. The restrictions make everything more difficult ”.

New technicians?

Right now, however, Molinari’s thought remains only one. “Solving physical problems, I can have all the coaches in the world but if I am not okay with this muscle problem that involves the ligaments I will not make progress – he explains -. Looking for me technicians in America? (always relies on Denis Pugh, ed) We’ll see, it’s still early to talk about it. For sure, speaking of the race, I would like to try to climb the slope right here from Marco Simone. We need to be aware of where I am at this moment, roll up our sleeves and start again. Today I am behind with everything. I need to put tournaments and holes in the farmhouse to hope for a next year of a higher level ”.

Ryder Cup

He will, in all likelihood, miss the Wisconsin Ryder Cup from 24 to 26 September, after dragging Europe to success in 2018 in Paris. Only one of the three wild cards available to the captain of the Old Continent, the Irishman Padraig Harrington, would allow him to be part of the Europe team in the match against the United States. “Of course I would be sorry not to participate, it has already happened in 2014 and 2016, I will miss him”.

Tee shot

Meanwhile, from Thursday, it will get serious. At 7.30 we will start with the first tee shots. The Scottish Connor Syme, the Dutch Darius Van Driel and the young blue amateur Andrea Romano will kick off the European Tour tournament, on the tee of hole 1, in the second appearance – after the debut of 2020 – in the maximum review of tricolor golf. Among the first big names to take the field here is Guido Migliozzi who, at 8.30 in the morning, from 10, will face two other expected protagonists (in the first and also in the second round): the Swedish Henrik Stenson (silver medal at the Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 and among the three Major champions in the competition) and the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, winner of the Italian Open in 2019. Immediately after (8.40 from 10) here is the English Ross McGowan (reigning champion) . At his side there will be fellow countryman Luke Donald, former world number 1, and Spaniard Nacho Elvira. At 13.10 (from 1) it will be the turn of Renato Paratore, South African Justin Harding and English Andy Sullivan. Twenty minutes later, at 13.30 (from hole 1), it will be the turn of Francesco Molinari who will have at his side, in the first two laps, the English Tommy Fleetwood (with whom the Turin-born has dragged the Old Continent to success at the Ryder Cup 2018 in Paris) and the Danish Rasmus Hojgaard, talent of the European Tour with three successes on the circuit on the bulletin board, the last of which arrived last Sunday at the Omega European Masters, in Switzerland.

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Chicco Molinari keeps a low profile: “I’m behind on everything, I hope to improve”

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