Francesco Molinari once again proved why he is regarded as one of the most consistent and accurate iron players in the game when My European Tour fans voted his eagle at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open the July Shot of the Month.
The Italian’s pin point approach to the par five 12th hole at Castle Stuart Golf Links during the opening round in Scotland claimed 40 per cent of the vote, with one lucky fan who correctly chose this winning shot also earning themselves a custom fit TaylorMade driver.
Standing in the left hand side of the fairway, Molinari fired off a short iron to a tight pin at the 12th, using the contours to the right of the green to bring it down to the flag, and remarkably, into the hole.
The eagle helped the Italian to an opening three under par round of 69, and he followed that with rounds of 66-72-76 to finish in a tie for 42nd, in an event he had lost in a play-off to Jeev Milkha Singh just 12 months beforehand.
Second in the My European Tour vote was Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, also at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, with a holed wedge shot at the par four 14th hole, which claimed 20 per cent of the vote. Narrowly in third place was Ian Poulter’s rollercoaster birdie putt on the tenth hole during the final round of The Open Championship at Muirfield, which also earned 19 per cent of the vote.
Molinari’s winning effort will now go into the hat for The European Tour Shot of the Year prize that already includes the previous six winners so far in 2013 - Chris Wood (January), Charl Schwartzel (February), Anders Hansen (March), Maximilian Kieffer (April), Ernie Els (May) and Justin Rose (June) – as they look to follow in the footsteps of Louis Oosthuizen who won the prize last year thanks to a fabulous eagle in the final round of the Masters Tournament.
Stay tuned to europeantour.com in the coming weeks for August’s Shot of the Month competition.