Francesco Molinari can play a starring role in a Team Europe Ryder Cup victory this week
The stage is set for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, with the opening ceremony taking place on Thursday before the three-day event is played between Friday and Sunday.
Two years ago at Hazeltine, the American side wrested the trophy back in convincing fashion although Europe are back on home soil now and likely to make this count in the fourball, foursome and singles matches.
Thomas Bjorn can count on a strong group of players and there are some real leaders within the group including Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. These are players who were part of the Miracle of Medinah and ready to give their all for the team.
There’s also Francesco Molinari who won the Open Championship and has also played extremely at this Parisian course before, with the Italian looking like he’ll be used a great deal over the three days in order to help his team win.
Molinari has been runner-up three times at Le Golf National before which indicates his preference for a course which isn’t necessarily one for a big-hitting player and it can’t be under-estimated how much he’s improved over the past two years.
The Italian has been described as metronomic and the way in which he didn’t drop a shot during his final two rounds at the Open Championship suggests that Bjorn will likely regard him as a steady partner in foursome and fourball match-ups.
As for Europe themselves, they are packed with experienced players and to describe Tommy Fleetwood as a rookie does a disservice to someone who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the game and looks ready to fight for points.
The American side looked to be packed with star names although much comes down to how they operate as pairings and also how they adjust in the autumnal Parisian glow rather than the much hotter climes of the States.
All odds were correct at time of posting.