Defending champion Francesco Molinari hopes to harness a number of the vitality of a Northern Irish crowd celebrating the return of The Open after 68 years – a lot the identical approach he did on the Ryder Cup.
The Italian was the standout participant at Le Golf Nationwide final September, triumphant in all 5 of his matches and securing the purpose which gained again the trophy.
One of many quietest, most unassuming gamers on tour, Molinari admits taking part in to the gallery is one thing which is alien to him however he hopes being the final winner of the Claret Jug and a Ryder Cup hero will present a reciprocal profit when he arrives at Royal Portrush subsequent week.
“It is going to be an historic Open Championship for many reasons, which is even more reason for me to go there and just try to enjoy the experience and use the energy of the crowd for the week,” he stated.
“You just try to get a feel for the people and that is something I did well at the Ryder Cup – it is not something which is natural to me, recognising how much they appreciate my game.”
The Italian has intentionally decreased his schedule within the weeks operating as much as the occasion.
Requested concerning the change, which has not seen him play for the reason that Vacationers Championship on the finish of June Molinari stated: “Recognising that going right into a match as a defending champion is totally different and particularly a significant.
“I’m not going to play as a lot as I did final 12 months, save as a lot vitality as doable for the week.
“I think it is trying to keep the expectations down – it is a different experience to be there as defending champion, hopefully that is not the only time in my career when that happens.”
Molinari may have arrived in Portrush as a two-time main winner had issues gone higher for him at Augusta the place he led the Masters going into the ultimate day and was two clear with seven holes remaining solely to break down and hand victory to Tiger Woods.
It was a chastening expertise for the likeable Italian, who discovered the water twice on the again 9.
“It was a very different situation when you are leading. I fought well on the front nine without having my A-game, then unfortunately just a couple of mistakes on the back nine,” he added.
“It was the primary time actually I was main a significant on the Sunday. Over the last spherical at Carnoustie (when he gained the Open) Tiger made a run on the entrance 9, then made a few errors.
“I made a birdie on 14 and it was so late within the match you do not have time to consider it, it was simply 4 holes to go.”
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