Molinari targets Ryder Cup place

18 February 2021 20:27:23 GMTPlus10

Italy's Francesco Molinari insists it is down to him to show European captain Padraig Harrington that he warrants a place on the Ryder Cup team.

Molinari created Ryder Cup history when winning all five of his matches to help guide Thomas Bjorn's side to a seven-point victory over the USA on the outskirts of Versailles in France in September 2018.

The Italian is the only European Ryder Cup player to achieve that feat and all three of his tournament appearances have resulted in wins, with him also featuring in the 2010 and 2012 victories.

Obviously the goal is to be there as a player, but yeah, we'll see how the year goes.

Francesco Molinari

However, the 38-year-old has struggled since becoming Open Champion and winning the BMW PGA Championship in 2018, when he ended the year as European number one.

Since that Major success at Carnoustie, Molinari has contested just 27 tournaments and recorded only three top-10s, two of which came earlier this year. He tied for eighth at the American Express before finishing tenth at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Molinari has slid down to 107 in the world rankings and needs a positive finish to the season.

When asked by golfbytourmiss what message he'd send to Harrington, Molinari said: "I don't think I need to say anything to him. He knows me enough.

"I have a lot to prove, I've been out for a long time and obviously there have been guys that played great golf last year when I was out, so it's up to me really, not so much up to Padraig."

Molinari added: "Obviously the goal is to be there as a player, but yeah, we'll see how the year goes. I'm sure we'll have that conversation if needed at some point, too."

Molinari returns to action at the Genesis Invitational this week and is 101.00 for victory.

Team Europe are 2.75 to win Ryder Cup 2020, with USA available at 1.61.

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