Bethesda, Maryland – Francesco Molinari’s best finish in his twelve previous starts on the PGA Tour this season was a tie for 16th at the Wells Fargo Championship. After the biggest European win of his career in May at the BMW Championship (and a runner-up finish the following week in his homeland at the Italian Open), Molinari was looking to climb back into the Fedex Cup race (he came into the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms 123rd in the point standings).
The 35 year-old Italian entered Sunday at the Quicken Loans National tied for the lead after rounds of 67-65-65. When he made the turn three shots clear of the field, he seemed to be in command, then Molinari proceeded to slam the door shut – going six under par over a 5 hole stretch (Eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie) to start the inward nine. GAME OVER. The eight-shot winning margin was the product of his final round 62, and total score of 21 under par.
For Molinari, the Quicken Loans National was his first win on U.S soil and getting the trophy from tournament host Tiger Woods made it all the more special. “It’s amazing to win a tournament hosted by Tiger. He is probably the greatest ever to play the game and I grew up as a teenager watching him on TV dominating golf tournaments,” Molinari said. “It’s even more special to win in this style and to get his congratulations on the last green was a very proud moment for me.” Tournament host Tiger Woods finished tied for 4th ten shots back after rounds of 70-68-65-66.