World-Famous Ryder Cup Prepares for 2023
(European Golf Tour / Graphic) The highly anticipated Ryder Cup is set to take place at the Marc Simon Golf Course in Rome from September 26 to October 1, 2023. With less than two months to go until the tournament, European captain Luke Donald announced his final vice-captain yesterday.
Italian Golfer Makes History
The mystery vice-captain, who secured victory at the 2018 British Open at the age of 40, is none other than Italian golfer Francisco Molinari. He made history by becoming the first Italian to win a Grand Slam. Molinari’s remarkable performance continued at the 2018 Ryder Cup, where he achieved a record-breaking five wins alongside British star Tommy Fleetwood. Their perfect partnership, fondly referred to as the “Mollywood” combination by fans, led the European team to victory in the Paris Ryder Cup. Molinari, a six-time DP Tour winner, including the Italian Open in 2006 and 2016, is now ready to contribute his expertise as a vice-captain.
It comes as no surprise that Molinari is the brother of renowned Italian golfer Eduardo Molinari. The younger Molinari will join Luke Donald, Thomas Bjorn, Niklas Corsaicz, and Jose Maria Olazabal as Europe’s captains for the 2023 Ryder Cup.
Molinari Eager to Support Team Europe
In an interview, Molinari expressed his pride in being part of Team Luke. He had initially hoped to participate as a player in the Ryder Cup but gladly accepted the offer to serve as vice-captain. Molinari highlighted the strong connections he shares with many team members, emphasizing how they have all competed together on various occasions. He believes this mutual understanding will enable Luke to consider their opinions more effectively when forming the team.
Wearing the coat of arms and representing his country fills Molinari with a sense of pride and honor, especially as this year’s Ryder Cup takes place in mainland Italy. He is determined to give his best support to Luke and Team Europe in their quest to bring the coveted trophy back to European soil.
Donald’s Reasons for Choosing Molinari
Luke Donald justified his selection of Molinari, citing his extensive Ryder Cup experience and his status as Italy’s Grand Slam champion. Donald strongly believes that Molinari’s impressive career as both a player and vice-captain will make him an outstanding representative for Europe and Italy, alongside his brother.
Automatic and Additional Selections
Six players out of the 12 spots in the European team will be automatically selected based on rankings. The top three in the Ryder Cup rankings and the top three in the world rankings will secure their spots. The remaining six players will be chosen after thorough discussions between Luke Donald, the vice-captains, and deliberations. As of now, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, and Victor Hovland have secured their seats based on their points standings.
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(European Golf Tour / Graphic) The world famous Ryder Cup will begin at the Marc Simon Golf Course in Rome between September 26 and October 1, 2023. With less than two months to go until the tournament, European captain Luke Donald announced , his last lieutenant yesterday.
(Ryder Cup Trophy)
The mysterious lieutenant won the 2018 British Open at the age of 40, and he is also the first Italian to win a Grand Slam. In the same year, he set a record with a record 5 wins at the 2018 Ryder Cup; during the match, his partner with British star Tommy Fleetwood was a perfect match, helping the European team regain their victory in the Paris Ryder Cup. Both of them were also called “Mollywood” combination by fans because of this fight. He is also a six-time DP Tour winner, including the Italian Open in 2006 and 2016 on home soil.
I think that readers who like him have already guessed who he is after reading the introduction above. Yes, he is Francisco Molinari, the younger brother of the famous Italian general Eduardo Molinari. He will join his older brother Luke Donald, Thomas Bjorn, Niklas Corsaicz and Jose Maria Olazabal as Europe’s captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup.
(Molinari officially announced the vice-captain)
“I’m really proud to be part of Team Luke. I was hoping to play (the Ryder Cup) as a player earlier in the season, and now (as vice-captain) it’s a great honour,” said Murray Nally in an interview. “When I got a call from Luke asking if I was interested in the vice-captain, I said yes without hesitation. I knew he was putting together a strong team, many of whom have many connections with me. There are connections countless. , and we’ve all competed on the same stage in different forms, so Luke can more easily refer to our opinions when forming a team.”
“Whenever you wear the coat of arms and fight for your country, there is a sense of pride and pride. Especially this year I am fighting in mainland Italy, and everything is so kind. I will try my best Help Luke and Team Europe bring the Ryder Cup back to Europe.”
Regarding the appointment of Molinari, Donald has his explanation: “I chose Francisco because of many considerations. First of all, he has rich experience in the Ryder Cup, and secondly, he is the Grand Slam champion in Italy. Quite an impressive career record, as a player and vice-captain, and I really hope he can represent Europe and Italy alongside his brother.”
(Recent picture of Donald)
“Francisco is a hero in Italy. He has played an indispensable role in promoting and developing Italian golf. People sincerely respect and love him. I am really happy that he has agreed to take on the responsibility of captain with me.”
Six players from the 12 places in the European team will be automatically selected through the rankings, and the top three in the Ryder Cup rankings and the top three in the world rankings will each have a seat. The choice of the other six players will be announced on Monday, September 4th after discussions between captain Luke Donald and the vice-captains and the deliberations. So far, Jon Rahm, Roy McIlroy and Victor Hovland have locked up their seats through the points standings.
(Ram and McIlroy)
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