Another close call for F. Molinari at the Memorial


DUBLIN, Ohio – Francesco Molinari played well under the final-round spotlight at the Memorial – but there’s one shot he would like to have back.

Molinari started the day three shots behind Justin Rose, but after three straight birdies on Nos. 3-5 he made the turn with a two-shot lead. He still had a share of the lead heading to the par-3 16th hole, where he pulled his tee shot into the water. It led to a double bogey, and effectively ended his chances.

“I think the shot at 16 will stay in my mind for a while,” Molinari said. “It was just two or three (yards) short of being good.”

Molinari shot 71 and ended up in a tie for third, two shots out of a playoff won by David Lingmerth. This is his third close call in the last month, following a T-2 finish at the Open de Espana and a squandered 54-hole co-lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

While the Italian notched his best finish of the season and bolstered his chances of keeping his card for next year, his worldwide victory drought that extends back to the 2012 Open de Espana continues.

“Obviously I’m really close,” he said. “When you get that close, it’s pretty small margins. And I think I just need to wait for my time to get the right breaks at the right time, and just keep doing what I’m doing, because it’s working well.”