Molinari hopes to contend again

12 July 2018 19:42:45 GMTPlus11

After two victories in his last four starts, Francesco Molinari is full of confidence ahead of his debut at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in Illinois.

The Ryder Cup star has been playing most of his golf in the United States this season, but returned to Europe recently to post victory in the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, before finishing runner-up in his home Italian Open.

If I can keep the improvements on the putting going, I think I can win more tournaments in general.

Francesco Molinari

He then went back across the Atlantic to gain his first victory on American soil, a stunning eight-shot triumph at the Quicken Loans National.

Molinari said: "At the beginning of the season I felt like I was playing well and hitting the ball well, but not getting enough out of it.

"So it's great to turn a season around like that, like I've done in the last few weeks. There is still time to hopefully add more wins or more good results anyway.

"The goal is to get to the Tour Championship (the season ender for the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup standings). Never been there, so I really love to play there."

Talking about the keys to his upturn in fortunes, the Italian added: "I guess a lot of it is confidence. Obviously, I went back to Europe to play in May and had two really good weeks there winning and finishing second. Probably getting some confidence from that.

"My putting has been improving a lot since March probably, March/April, so slowly, steady improvement. It showed in the last few weeks.

"If I can keep the improvements on the putting going, I think I can win more tournaments in general."

Molinari is 51.00 to win the John Deere Classic, with defending champion Bryson DeChambeau 81.00 and Zach Johnson 1001.00.

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