Edoardo Molinari – Biography
In 2005, Edoardo became the first European to win the US Amateur Championship for 95 years joining the likes of Arnold Palmer (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1959, 1961) and Tiger Woods (1994-1996). As US Amateur Champion, Edoardo immediately gained a global profile playing in 3 Majors in 2006 (Masters, US Open, British Open) – at The Masters and US Open he had the privilege to play the first two rounds with Tiger Woods. Only a European US Amateur Champion could achieve this profile in Europe and the US, and as a result he gained excellent media exposure. He featured on the front page of the New York Times, in Golf Week, Golf World, Il Mondo and on television in the US and Sky.
After just 6 months as a professional Edoardo won his first tournament, the Club Colombia Masters, closely followed by a win at the Tusker Kenya Open. However following a wrist injury in 2008, 2009 was the breakthrough year for Edoardo with five tournament wins and a series of top 10 finishes. Three of these wins came on the Challenge Tour with victories at the Piemonte Open in Italy, the Kazakhstan Open and the Italian Fed Cup, which saw him complete a record breaking year on the Challenge Tour – not only did he win the Rankings race but he smashed all records for the highest earnings ever in a given year on the Challenge Tour. And to round off a stunning year, Edoardo won the Y4million Dunlop Phoenix event in Japan, beating 2008 European Order of Merit Winner Robert Karlsson in a play off, followed by the Omega Mission Hills World Cup which he won with brother Francesco while representing Italy. It was Edoardo’s putt on the 18th that secured the World Cup win for Italy, finishing one shot ahead of Rory Mcllroy’s Ireland and the Swedish pairing of Karlsson/Stenson.
In 2010 Edoardo continued his incredible form and propelled himself into the World’s top echelon of golfers following a string of fantastic results both in Europe and in the US. His 2nd place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, along with his European Tour wins at the Barclays Scottish Open and Johnnie Walker Championship, saw him climb into the world’s Top 15. His dramatic win at the Johnnie Walker Championship, which highlighted his ability to produce outstanding golf under intense pressure, provided Monty with the easy decision of picking Edoardo as a member of the winning 2010 European Ryder Cup team.
In 2011 Edoardo had his best Major finish to date coming 11th at The Masters, and also recorded four further top 15 finishes on the European and PGA Tours. He was close to his third European Tour victory having come 5th at the Barclays Singapore Open and finished 12th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour.
Off the course, Edoardo’s personable nature and natural ability to communicate make him an ideal choice to host corporate golf events.
|Born:||11th February 1981|
|Place of Birth:||Turin, Italy|
|2010||European Team - Ryder Cup|
|2009||Italian Team - Mission Hills World Cup|
|2013||2nd - Maybank Malaysian Open|
|2012||6th - Trophee Hassan II|
|2011||5th - Barclays Singapore Open|
|2011||12th Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|2011||11th The Masters|
|2011||8th Volvo Champs|
|2010||2nd Omega European Masters|
|2010||1st The Johnnie Walker Championships|
|2010||1st Barclays Scottish Open|
|2010||3rd Nordea Scandinavian Masters|
|2010||2nd Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|2009||1st Dunlop Phoenix, Japan|
|2009||1st Italian Fed Cup|
|2009||1st Kazakhstan Open|
|2009||1st Piemonte Open|
|2009||2nd Ecco Tour Championship|
|2009||2nd Scottish Hydro Challenge|
|2009||2nd Trophee du Golf de Geneve|
|2009||3rd Credit Suisse Challenge|
|2009||2nd Club Colombia Masters|
|2008||15th South African Airways Open|
|2008||17th Methorios Capital Italian Open|
|2007||1st Club Columbia Masters|
|2007||1st Tusker Kenya Open|
|2006||Made cut at The Open|
|2005||Made cut at The Open|
|2005||US Amateur Champion|
|2003||Turkish Amateur Champion|
|2001||Italian Amateur Champion|
|1996||English Under 16 Champion|