Italian golfer and defending Open Champion, Francesco Molinari has said it would be ‘incredable’ to win the Claret Jug again this year.
Speaking on Monday afternoon, the Italian said’
“Well, it would be incredible, obviously. I’m well aware of the challenges ahead. There’s a lot of guys capable this week of winning the trophy. And, yeah, all I can do is do my best, try to put up a good defence and be in contention on Sunday.
But, yeah, it’s a long week ahead so I’ll try to take it step-by-step. Obviously going out first and getting to know the course better and see what we’re going to face.”
The first Italian to ever win The Open and a major after going head to head Tiger Woods at Carnoustie. Wit Tiger also in this weeks Open, could there be a round two for this pair at Royal Portrush.
Of course the advantage is in Molinari’s favour, as unlike Tiger, he has played the course before when Royal Portrush hosted the Irish Open.
Speaking to the press when asked about the course, he said,
“Yes, I remember most of the holes. I know 17 and 18 are not there anymore. But yeah, I just remember a strong golf course, mostly positional, I would say. Like many links, it’s not really a course that you can overpower.
But, yeah, I need to go out and see exactly the conditions to give a better statement. But my caddie has been here since Friday so he gave me little tips already. I’m looking forward to going out there and seeing for myself.”
Francesco tee’s off on Thursday at 9.58 in group 19 alongside Bryson Dechambeau from the USA and Adam Scott from Australia.
A portrait of Francesco was unveiled recently made entirely out of ice cream related products which was commissioned and now hanging in Morrellis Portstewart, local Italian family run business.
Asked if he planned a visit to the ice cream parlour, he said,
“No, I don’t have any plans now. Obviously it’s a busy week. But my family is coming out later on in the week, so it might be a good treat with the kids. They’ll be happy getting ice cream. They probably won’t even notice what’s on the wall.”