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Francesco Molinari wins by eight at Quicken Loans

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 3:55 am

 

Francesco Molinari wins by eight at Quicken Loans

BETHESDA, Md. – Francesco Molinari remembered the pain of missing last year’s TOUR Championship by a shot when the best he could muster at the BMW Championship was a T12 finish.

It ultimately left him 37th in the FedExCup – a decent season for sure – but not the standard the Italian wanted.

As one of a handful of players who splits his time playing both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour, Molinari vowed to himself he’d do better this year.

He’d make it to Atlanta.

But while a win at the BMW PGA Championship and a runner up a week later in his native Italian Open set him up nicely in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, Molinari found himself languishing in 123rd place in the FedExCup at the beginning of this week.

In his 12 starts on the PGA TOUR his best result was a T16 at the Wells Fargo Championship.

So when faced with a choice of the lucrative Rolex Series French Open – which could further his cause making a third Ryder Cup team - or the Quicken Loans National this week Molinari remembered his FedExCup Playoff pain from last season and chose to fly to Washington D.C.

It proved a masterstroke.

Rounds of 67-65-65 set the 35-year-old up with a share of the 54-hole lead at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

Then he put the hammer down on Sunday with a blistering 8-under 62.