Francesco Molinari cites family move as justification for not returning to contest


Francesco Molinari is the only player among the best 50 on earth who has to return to competitive golf because the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, and he’s retreated in the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks.

However, the Italian celebrity, who won The Open at 2018 and has been the 54-hole leader in the 2019 Pros won by Tiger Woods, said Tuesday he is severely hurt, nor are there some deflecting issues keeping him out of playing.

At a succession of tweets composed in Italian, Molinari, 37, stated it was about a household move to California that’s kept him off.

“I see a great deal of questions,” he wrote. “I did not hang up the tote. I took a rest to control a lifetime change with my loved ones. I don’t have any physical issues. I really don’t feel burnt out, but only time will tell.

“It will be difficult to contact the degrees of 2018, no doubt; it was not easy the first time. I’m the only person who hasn’t returned. I’m well conscious of it, however, it really isn’t the first time I have made unpopular or different options (see Rio 2016).”

Molinari withdrew from Italy’s Olympic team for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, also citing family reasons.

Molinari was as large as fifth in the world after winning three occasions at a six-tournament stretch in 2018, such as The Open and the European Tour’s BMW Championship. In addition, he went 5-0 for Europe in the Ryder Cup, then won the Arnold Palmer Invitational only a couple weeks ahead of the Masters this past year.

However he wasn’t exactly the same after dropping the lead at Augusta National and tying for fifth. Ever since that time, he does not have any high -10 endings, and earlier this season he missed three successive cuts prior to a tie for 53rd in the WGC-Mexico Championship. He retreated out of his Arnold Palmer defense because of back problems and played with the first round of the Players Championship until it had been canceled as a result of the pandemic.

Molinari, who’s slipped into 50th on earth, thanked fans for their patience. It’s uncertain whether he’ll go back for the Masters, where he’s exempt as a result of his 2018 Open success.

“I will be back in some time, I will not tell you the specific time because I just have not determined yet,” he explained. “And it will count on the schedule/preparation. The moment I determine when to reunite you may understand also. I expect it’s going to be as soon as you can. Thanks to those who encourage me in such minutes.”


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