Continued to be one of the most consistent performers in the world in 2012, winning the Reale Seguros Open de España and finishing second in the Alstom Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in consecutive weeks, shooting a final round 64 in the former and losing to Jeev Milkha Singh in a play-off in the latter. Was again part of the European Ryder Cup Team, claiming a half point in the final Singles match against Tiger Woods to give Europe a thrilling 14½-13½ victory. Signed off 2010 on a high by winning the WGC-HSBC Champions and coming tied sixth at the DP World Tour Championship. Joined forces with brother Edoardo to make history in 2009 when they won the World Cup for Italy for the first time, at Mission Hills in China. The younger, by nearly two years, of the golfing Molinari brothers, Francesco upstaged the exploits of his elder sibling at Castello di Tolcinasco G&CC in Milan in early May 2006, just nine months after Edoardo became the first Italian winner of the US Amateur Championship at Merion. Francesco thrilled the Milanese crowds by capturing the Telecom Italian Open, the first success in the event by an Italian since Massimo Mannelli 26 years earlier. Enjoys snowboarding in the winter, playing football and supporting Inter Milan.