AKRON, Ohio – Edoardo Molinari is the latest European to have expressed interest in joining the PGA Tour. He plans to be a member starting in 2011.
At 29, Molinari took a little while to find his sea legs on the European Tour, going back and forth between the Euro circuit and the Challenge Tour. But 2010 has been his year. He recorded his first win on the European Tour at Loch Lomond and has a world ranking of 18th. The former U.S. Amateur champ is on a roll.
“If I make enough money in these last few events to pick up a membership, I think I’m going to (join the PGA Tour),” Molinari said. “I think you become a better player; you play better courses against the best players in the world. It’s going to be very good for my career, and I can’t wait to come over and play more.”
Molinari, an Italian, plans to spend early 2011 playing on the European Tour. But once he travels to the U.S. for the WGC-Accenture Match Play in late February, he intends to stay in the States through the U.S. Open, almost a four-month stint.
Like many foreign players, Molinari likely will base himself in the Orlando, Fla., area due to ease of transportation from the Orlando airport to Europe.
Another focus for Molinari, who is making his first appearance this week at Firestone for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, is to make the Ryder Cup team. With only nine Europeans in front of him on the world points ranking list, it would seem that the Italian is a lock. However, with big events this week and next at the PGA Championship, the rankings could change dramatically.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself. It would be great if I make the team, and if I don’t make it, it’s still going to be a great year for me,” Molinari said.