Molinari looks to defend his Italia Open title

Released on = May 3, 2007, 11:57 am

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Press Release Summary = Italian Francesco Molinari looks to defend his Italia Open
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Italian golfer Francesco Molinari has his sights set on defending his title at the
Telecom Italia Open in Milan this week, where last year he became the first Italian
to win the championship in 26 years.

No European PGA Tour Player has ever won back-to-back Italia Opens.

Molinari\'s win last year followed four stellar rounds in the 60s, including a
closing round of 65 to win by four shots over Anders Hansen and Jarmo Sandelin.

Not surprisingly, Molinari, 24, was the clear favorite among the fans who gathered
at the Castello di Tolcinasco Golf and Country Club (he is from Turin, west of

\"It was fantastic last year because I don\'t think the crowd really expected an
Italian golfer to win,\" he told \"Because of that, they went crazy
over the last few holes - it was more like a football match.\"

Molinari\'s younger brother Edoardo, currently No. 1 on the European Challenge Tour,
will also compete (he missed the cut last year).

Also vying for the championship is South African Charl Schwartzel, last week\'s
winner at the Open de Espana, who came from behind after four grueling days of bad
weather outside Madrid. The 22-year-old is currently sixth on the European Tour
Order of Merit.

Americans in the field in Milan this week include Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf and
Steve Jones.

European Tour veteran Ian Woosnam had to withdraw from the event, citing a virus

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