Change in perspective a thrill for Molinari
Francesco Molinari is making his second consecutive appearance at The Ryder Cup at Medinah and the Italian is once again looking forward to embracing the unique camaraderie the competition invokes.
In as inherently an individualistic sport such as golf, it should come as no surprise that players revel in the chance to compete as a collective in a team environment, and nowhere is this more evident than in the cut and thrust world of Ryder Cup match play golf, as Francesco Molinari attests.
After making his debut at Celtic Manor in 2010 alongside his older brother, Edoardo, Molinari has a certain degree of experience on his side for the 39th staging of The Ryder Cup being held this week at Medinah Country Club, and the 29 year old believes José María Olazábal’s 12-man side has a balance and comradeship to take the fight to the Americans this week in Chicago.
“I think as golfers this is basically our only chance to play in a team, as part of a team, and it just gives you a different perspective,” said the Italian.
“It's completely different to play when you know that there are 11 guys relying on you. The atmosphere in the team is great so far. There are a lot of us who were on the team two years ago, as well, and Sergio [Garcia] obviously was there as a Vice Captain too.
“I think it's a very good group. Everyone is pushing in the same direction, and I'm just honoured to be part of such a team with obviously great individual players but with a great team atmosphere as well.”
The chant at Celtic Manor two years ago was, “There’s only two Molinaris”, but this year Francesco is on his own after Edoardo missed out on qualification after struggling in recent times with a wrist injury. The younger of the two Turin siblings, however, is ready to embrace the new challenge.
“It was great to have each other there two years ago, we spent a lot of time together,” said Molinari. “We talked a lot to each other and obviously we played two matches together. I think it helped both of us to have our own brother there to talk and just to speak, to ask advice if you needed to.
“So it definitely feels different this year without him. It’s going to be a bit of a different challenge for me to bond with someone else in the team formats, which I didn't really have to do as much two years ago but I'm looking forward to it.”