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Molinari Rounds off Fantastic 2018 Campaign with Number-One Ranking

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It has been a wonder year for Italian golfer Francesco Molinari, and one he is sure to never forget. The 36-year-old rounded things off with a win in the Race to Dubai in November, coming on the back of making it to the top of the European Rankings, winning The Open and playing a key role on the successful European Ryder Cup team. This really has been a climb by Molinari, who is now firmly placed as one of the most successful and recognisable golfers on the circuit at the moment.

Molinari can surely expect plenty of sponsorship deals to come his way, especially ones based on sports and sports betting to come his way in the near future. We have seen many different sportsmen link up to create sport related slotmachines, such as jockey Frankie Detorri, and that is something that Molinari could turn his hand to if he so chose.

Something that will certainly work in his favour going forward will be the dramatic nature of his rise to the top, and the age he has done it at. This isn’t a new youngster breaking onto the scene; Molinari has been a good golfer for many years, and at 36, there shouldn’t really be any further improvement like this to come from him. However, he has shown that confidence and having the right frame of mind can go a long way in golf, and he has certainly capitalised on those two things being in his favour. His win at The Open was a great testament to him as a person, showing that he had found a way to be a better person, which in turn made him a better golfer.

The European victory in the Ryder Cup was something Molinari played a huge part in, but we saw a completely different side to him at that tournament. He went in with the confidence to announce himself as a leader in the team, and took it upon himself to make the running, hoping others would follow. Molinari was simply brilliant in France over that weekend, putting vital points on the board and creating a special bond with his friend and fellow golfer Tommy Fleetwood. It wasn’t just Fleetwood who took advantage of having Molinari around, he was reported to be a key member in the dressing room, spending time with each rookie on the team to ensure they knew what was expected and what to expect themselves when they went out onto the course.

It seems unlikely to think that Molinari can go any better in 2019, but with the way he has been playing golf this season, who knows what will happen. His rise to the top has been special to watch, and the Italian appears to now be getting the recognition he deserves, and the success he has craved for so long and fellow golfer Tommy Fleetwood. It wasn’t just Fleetwood who took advantage of having Molinari around, he was reported to be a key member in the dressing room, spending time with each rookie on the team to ensure they knew what was expected and what to expect themselves when they went out onto the course.

It seems unlikely to think that Molinari can go any better in 2019, but with the way he has been playing golf this season, who knows what will happen. His rise to the top has been special to watch, and the Italian appears to now be getting the recognition he deserves, and the success he has craved for so long in the golfing world.

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