Molinari daring to dream about Ryder Cup again

Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:23pm EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) - Nothing in Edoardo Molinari's career has come close to matching the experience of playing in the Ryder Cup with brother Francesco and, after an awful spell with injury, the Italian is daring to dream again.

Edoardo enjoyed a stunning season in 2010, winning two tournaments in Scotland and making his debut in the biennial team event as Colin Montgomerie's Europe triumphed at the Celtic Manor course in Wales.

He struggled to repeat that form in 2011 and his golf was then badly affected by two operations on his wrist.

The elder of the two siblings has shown encouraging consistency this term and believes a Ryder Cup return for him and his brother is not as far-fetched a prospect now as it seemed two years ago.

"This has probably been the second best season of my career," Edoardo told Reuters in an interview after posting a five-under-par 67 in the opening round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Thursday.

"Considering I'm coming off two surgeries on the hand I have to say it's been a very good year and overall I'm very satisfied."

The 33-year-old from Turin is 31st on Europe's money list, one place higher than his brother, after stringing together five top-10 finishes including second place at the Irish Open in June.

Edoardo was down in 305th position in the world rankings last year but, not satisfied with having clambered his way back up to number 98, he is aiming much higher.   Continued...

Edoardo Molinari of Italy watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/John Sommers II