Italian Francesco Molinari kept a cool head to secure an historic victory at the Italian Open hosted at the Golf Club Milano.
The 33-year-old recorded 22 birdies and two eagles during a rain-affected four days, playing the final two rounds in 13 under par. The win marks Molinari's second triumph in the Open, the first time an Italian has claimed the trophy twice the tournament joined The European Tour schedule in 1972.
“I was inspired by the energy that the fans brought to the course, so to win my national open for the second time in front of them is very special,” said Molinari, who previously won the tournament a decade ago in 2006, and has won four tour events since 2012.
In addition to finishing atop the leaderboard, Molinari also finished in 5th place (80.6%) for GIR, and 4th in the driving accuracy stakes (71.4%).
Molinari wore Nike Performance Apparel for the duration of the week, including the Nike MM Fly Sphere Graphic Polo. He also relied on the stability and comfort of the Nike FI Premiere footwear. The FI Premiere features Nike Flyweave material on the upper, providing lightweight support and superior fit.
Apparel: Nike Performance
Footwear: Nike FI Premiere
Driver: Nike Vapor Fly 10.5°N
Fairway Wood: Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood 13°
Hybrid: Nike Vapor Fly #2 17°
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo (4), Nike Vapor Pro (5-PW)
Wedges: Nike Engage 52° SS, 56° DS, 60° DS
Putter: Nike Method Origin B1-05
Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum
Rory McIlroy – Deutsche Bank Championship
Jhonattan Vegas – RBC Canadian Open
Tony Finau – Puerto Rico Open
Francesco Molinari – Italian Open (European Tour)
Paul Peterson – D+D REAL Czech Masters (European Tour)
Dylan Frittelli – Rolex Trophy (European Challenge Tour)
Joël Stalter – Swedish Challenge (European Challenge Tour)
JJ Spaun - News Sentinel Open (Web.com Tour)
Ryuko Tokimatsu - Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open (Japan Golf Tour)
Ryuko Tokimatsu - Nestle Inviational Match-Play (Japan Golf Tour)
Rumi Yoshiba – Nippon Ham Ladies Classic (JLPGA)
Rory McIlroy – Dubai Duty Irish Open (European PGA Tour)
Jordan Smith – Red Sea Egyptian Challenge (European Challenge Tour)
Hao-Tong Li – Volvo China Open (European PGA Tour)
The One Star Hotel is located at 155 New N Rd Hoxton, London N1 6TA and will be open February 16 and 17 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to late.
The One Star Hotel is located at 155 New N Rd Hoxton, Lon...
Following the unveil of the first-ever Jordan Brand NBA All-Star Edition uniforms, the brand will welcome a new generation to experience greatness during basketball’s mid-season spectacular.
Following the unveil of the first-ever Jordan Brand NBA A...
Many of London's top sports heroes - including Mo Farah and Harry Kane - and artists, as well as 258 real-life young Londoners, make an appearance in Nike's latest film, Nothing Beats a Londoner, that puts a spotlight on the city's vibrant youth culture and inclusive sports community.
Many of London's top sports heroes - including Mo Farah a...
These two new colorways will be available February 14 on nike.com and at...
Musician Justin Timberlake collaborated with Nike designer Tinker...
It launches February 10 on SNKRS and at select retailers.
Special athlete and collaborator apparel and footwear makeups will be available on nike.com and at select retailers beginning February 15.
Special athlete and collaborator apparel and footwear mak...
The Italian designer’s latest NikeLab collection offers a new take on the Air Force 1 and basketball inspired garments, including a jersey, jersey dress and pullover hoodie. The new Nike x RT collection will be available February 16.
The Italian designer’s latest NikeLab collection offers a...
This game-changing evolution of Nike Flyknit construction - that debuts today on the Mercurial Superfly 360 and Mercurial Vapor 360 - offers a more precise fit that enables ultimate agility and quickness.
This game-changing evolution of Nike Flyknit construction...
For the 20th anniversary of the Mercurial, Nike debuts a new 360 fit on its best boot yet. Mercurial 360 will debut on pitch this weekend and will be available February 14 on nike.com.
For the 20th anniversary of the Mercurial, Nike debuts a ...
The 20-year NBA veteran settles into his retirement by pushing his signature line forward for the next generation of basketball greats. The new shoe will be available February 17 on nike.com and select Nike retailers.
The 20-year NBA veteran settles into his retirement by pu...
The Nike Mercurial Touch Elite gloves reduce the bulk and stiffness of traditional mitts to unleash the ultimate potential of a goalkeeper's hands.
The Nike Mercurial Touch Elite gloves reduce the bulk and...
The new shin guards feature small spikes on top of the face of the guard that safely pierce the sock, locking it into place. The game-changing design will be available Fall 2018.
The new shin guards feature small spikes on top of the fa...
The Nike Merlin football for the 2018-2019 season incorporates advanced design, materials and construction. It will be available Summer 2018.
The Nike Merlin football for the 2018-2019 season incorpo...
Jersey Shop is Nike’s new mobile-first, go-to store for the best soccer kits. It also invites creative communities to get involved in facilitating the design, manufacture and sale of the shop's shirts.
Jersey Shop is Nike’s new mobile-first, go-to store for t...