Francesco Molinari Becomes First Italian Major Champion, Ever

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Ok so before I talk about Golf Podcast hosts Frank and Mike’s career changing round with Molinari, let’s recap what transpired at Carnoustie this past weekend.  After all of the highs and lows, history was made for one player who has easily become a quick candidate for Player of the Year.

After what felt like dozens of lead changes, an unexpected name (to some) came out on top to hold the Claret Jug.  Known amongst his closest friends and family as Chicco, Francesco Molinari has been on fire since running the course with the podcast boys back in March of this year.   The Italian who was apparently setting himself to retire in 2.5 years, wins three events including his first PGA TOUR event and his and Italy’s first major.

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For Molinari, he not only gains a huge career milestone but also a lot of national pride. The win made Francesco the first Italian born golfer to ever win a major. This couldn’t have come at a better time for Italy, as they were in the dumps when it comes to sports after their team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in over 60 years. What a lift to your country after just being knocked down!

Francesco Molinari of Italy poses with the Claret Jug after his…

Francesco Molinari of Italy poses with the Claret Jug after his victory in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 23, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

He’s no young gun.  After coming up short for so many years, one would think that Molinari went through a major swing  change to start winning like this, but Francesco says that’s not the case.

“I’ve done nothing differently, to be honest,” he said. “It’s just a matter of keeping working at it, little by little getting better and, you know, sometimes good things happen.”

Before winning The Open, Molinari was already lighting up the PGA TOUR with a win at the Quicken Loans National at the beginning of July and a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic a week before heading to Carnoustie.  So was it this walk?

Life is good right now for the Italian and he certainly made a whole country proud this weekend. If he can keep up the torrid pace he’s on, he may be in line to be the favorite heading into the PGA Championship next month.

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