Edoardo Molinari wins again; picked for Ryder Cup
Perthshire, Scotland (Sports Network) - Hoping to join his brother Francesco
on the European Ryder Cup team, Edoardo Molinari put together a stunning
finish to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Edoardo fell two strokes behind Brett Rumford, but closed with three straight
birdies to come from behind for his second win of the season in Scotland.
He shot a one-under 71 to finish at 10-under-par 278. Edoardo, who also won
the Scottish Open this year, was then selected by captain Colin Montgomerie to
play on the European Ryder Cup team alongside his brother.
Rumford birdied the final two holes to card a two-under 70. He took second
place at minus-nine.
Francesco Molinari, the third-round leader, struggled to a three-over 75 to
slide into a share of third place at seven-under-par 281. He ended alongside
Miguel Angel Jimenez (72) and Jamie Donaldson (69).
Simon Dyson finished in sixth at minus-six after a closing with a 74.
The Molinari brothers were fighting for the lead most of the round. Edoardo
fell one behind at the 14th when his approach plugged in a bunker and he
blasted across the green. Edoardo two-putted for bogey to fall one behind
Francesco and Jimenez.
Jimenez had birdied the 16th to get to eight-under, but cost himself dearly at
17. The Spaniard missed the green at the par-three, then left his par putt
within a foot of the hole. He went to brush in the bogey effort, but missed
the putt and walked off with a double-bogey.
Two groups later, Rumford made his move. After carding a single birdie and a
lone bogey through 16 holes, the Australian rolled in back-to-back birdies
from the 17th to take the lead at minus-nine.
The Molinaris were the only ones with reasonable chances to catch Rumford.
Edoardo two-putted for birdie on the 16th, while Francesco got up and down for
birdie. They both moved to minus-eight with their birdies on 16.
"I knew I had to do two birdies on the last three at least to tie him and I
had a big putt on 16. I think that was very important," said Edoardo.
Edoardo followed with a long birdie effort on 17 to join Rumford in the lead
at nine-under. At the last, Edoardo came up short with his second at the par-
five. He chipped within a foot and kicked that in for the win.
"Playing the last, I played a nice second shot, and made a great chip, again,"
With the victory, Edoardo became the first player to win two events in
Scotland in the same season and became the seventh player with multiple wins
Francesco parred 17, but took himself out of the picture at the last. His
second landed in deep grass about 40 yards short of the green. He took an
unplayable lie penalty and chipped his fourth onto the green. Francesco two-
putted for a closing bogey to slide into a share of third place.
Early on, Francesco and Edoardo posted matching birdies on the second and
bogeys on the third. Edoardo gained a piece of the lead with a birdie on the
Francesco faltered to three straight bogeys from the seventh to slide to
minus-seven, but was only one shot back as Edoardo bogeyed eight and nine as
Around the turn, Francesco went birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie from the
12th. Edoardo managed his late rally after making bogey on 14.
NOTES: Nine players automatically qualified for the European Ryder Cup team --
Lee Westwood, Jimenez, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Ross Fisher, Martin
Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari and Peter Hanson...Edoardo Molinari,
Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald were Colin Montgomerie's captain's
picks...Peter Hedblom, the 2009 champion, finished at minus-one after
stumbling to a six-over 78 in the final round.