A spot in a limited-field event proved to be enough incentive to bring Francesco Molinari off the disabled list.
Molinari injured his wrist last month at the Valero Texas Open, and while he played the following week in Houston he tweeted on April 16 that the injury would keep him sidelined until at least the Spanish Open, held May 14-17.
At No. 66 in the world, Molinari is in line to receive a spot in the 64-man field at next week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship after Tim Clark withdrew earlier this week. Friday, the Italian again took to Twitter to announce that he would be teeing it up at TPC Harding Park:
Good news, the wrist is better and with the doctors' ok I'm leaving Sunday for San Francisco! MatchPlay here we come!— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) April 24, 2015
Molinari has only one top-10 finish in nine PGA Tour starts this season, a T-10 at the Humana Challenge. He tied for 57th at the Shell Houston Open in his most recent start and missed the Masters this year for the first time since 2009.
While the match-play field now appears to be set, Mikko Ilonen is next in line should another player withdraw. The field will be sorted into 16 groups during a live selection show Monday at 12 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.