Molinari's Masters bid ends with Valero WD

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Francesco Molinari withdrew from the Valero Texas Open prior to the start of his second round, ending the Italian's chances to earn his sixth straight Masters appearance via the world rankings.

Molinari entered the week at No. 63 in the world, and he likely needed to finish third or better this week in San Antonio to crack the top 50 and earn an invite to Augusta National. An opening-round 81 rendered those hopes unlikely, and Molinari took to Twitter Friday morning to announce his withdrawal because of a wrist injury:

Molinari began the year at No. 55 in the world, but he was unable to make a move in the standings while playing exclusively on the PGA Tour. His best result in seven prior starts came at the Humana Challenge, where he finished T-10. The 32-year-old also tied for 17th last week at Bay Hill and finished T-22 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he provided the highlight of the week with his hole-in-one at the famed par-3 16th.

Molinari has played in the Masters every year since 2010, making three cuts in five appearances. His best result came in 2012, when he tied for 19th.

Molinari's lone remaining chance to make the field for the season's first major will come next week, when he would need to win the Shell Houston Open. In a follow-up tweet, he added that he hopes the wrist injury will heal in time for him to tee it up at the Golf Club of Houston, where he finished T-73 in 2011 in his lone prior appearance.