Molinari brothers head to Singapore

02/11/2012 13:03:29
The Molinari brothers Edoardo (left) and Francesco (right)  (Getty Images)
The Molinari brothers Edoardo (left) and Francesco (right) (Getty Images)

Tiger-tamer Francesco Molinari will be looking to round off a superb season with victory at next week’s US$6 million Barclays Singapore Open.

His elder Edoardo, on the comeback trail after a three-month injury layoff, will join him in the stellar field at Sentosa Golf Club from November 8-11.

The siblings, who teamed up to win the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for Italy in 2009, face a formidable challenge with World Number One and The current Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, three-time winner Adam Scott of Australia and American great Phil Mickelson the main drawcards in Asia’s most lucrative national Open.

Francesco was last man out for Europe in The Ryder Cup singles at Medinah Country Club, where he halved his match with Tiger Woods to give his team outright victory over the United States by 14½-13½.

He clinched his place in the team after a good run of form on The European Tour which included victory at the Reale Seguros Open de España in May, and runner-up finishes in the Alstom Open de France and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Currently lying sixth in The Race to Dubai with earnings of €1,816,113, Molinari can close the gap on leader McIlroy by collecting the (€773,926) US$1million winner’s cheque in Singapore.

Edoardo is trying to get his season back on track after wrist surgery, and will be keen to repeat his form of last year when he finished fifth at the Barclays Singapore Open.

A sizzling 62 over the Tanjong Course saw him share the first round lead with England’s James Morrison, and he was joint second heading into the weekend after a 68 on the Serapong Course.

A level par 71 in the final round of the rain-shortened 54-hole tournament took him level with Joost Luiten and Danny Lee in fifth place, two shots behind eventual winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño of Spain, who pipped Filipino Juvic Pagunsan in a play off after both men finished on 14 under par.

Eight-time European Tour number one Colin Montgomerie is also coming back for another shot at the title in the 49th staging of the Barclays Singapore Open.