‘It would be incredible’: In search of making European Ryder Cup team, Francesco Molinari tied for lead at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

There’s no sugar-coating it: Francesco Molinari wants to be a member of the European Ryder Cup team this fall.

For the Italian, to represent the European squad on home soil would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it would mean Molinari had found some form from 5 years ago when he won his only major championship at Carnoustie.

That’s why his start at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Yas Links in the United Arab Emirates is a confidence boost, though Molinari knows there’s plenty of golf left to be played. He’s tied for the lead with fellow countryman Guido Migliozzi at 10 under after the second round, searching for his first win in four years and a big boost to make it back on the Ryder Cup squad.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Molinari said. “It’s a couple of good rounds but I know, I’m aware of where I’m coming from. So like I said yesterday, the game feels different. I think it looks different, too. But yeah, it’s just two rounds, so a long way to go.”

The Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Marco Simone in Rome.

Molinari’s game dipped following a three-win stretch in 2018-19. At one point, he was ranked as high as fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking. Now, he’s at 166. He didn’t make the European Ryder Cup team in 2021 after playing in three previous editions of the competition.

After consecutive 5-under 67s to begin in Abu Dhabi, he’s in position to get a big boost in making the team. His brother, Edoardo, will be an assistant captain for the Europeans, too.

What a way to finish @F_Molinari
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“I think obviously you don’t need my answer; it would be incredible (to be on the team),” Molinari said. “Yeah, there’s many months to go. It’s obviously nice to start the season this way. I never needed a pick for my three Ryder Cups, so it would be nice not to need a pick again this year.”

Migliozzi shot 3-under 69 on Friday to follow up his stellar opening round of 7-under 65. The pair lead Jason Scrivener by a shot.

Oh @guidomigliozzi
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Luke Donald, the 2023 European Ryder Cup captain who led after a first-round 64, shot 3 over and is T-22.

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By: Cameron Jourdan
Title: ‘It would be incredible’: In search of making European Ryder Cup team, Francesco Molinari tied for lead at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Sourced From: golfweek.usatoday.com/2023/01/20/european-ryder-cup-team-francesco-molinari-lead-abu-dhabi-hsbc-championship/
Published Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2023 15:43:20 +0000

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