Molinari shares lead at Quicken Loans National

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on FEB 07, 2019

Francesco Molinari hit 62 of 72 greens in regulation for an 86.1 percent clip, achieving his first PGA Tour win and joining successor Abraham Ancer.

Five European tour victor Francesco Molinari dominated on Sunday at Quicken Loans National, establishing his first career PGA Tour win.

Molinari birdied his concluding two holes to post a second successive 65 at TPC Potomac and join Abraham Ancer, who fired a round-of-the-day 62, tied at the top on 13 under.
"Amazing, amazing. I still haven't realized what happened today," said Molinari, who matched Dustin Johnson for the largest margin of victory on tour this season.

"It was a lot easier than I thought. I played great. The start of the back nine was incredible. Really proud of what I've done, and I hope a lot of guys back home in Italy are watching tonight", he added.

Molinari came into the weekend a shot off the pace but opened with a 20-foot birdie at the first and fired his approach to tap-in range at the seventh, before canceling out a three-putt bogey at the eighth with a 15-foot gain at the ninth to reach the turn in 33.

Ancer had made a fast start with four birdies in his first seven holes, with further close-range gains at the 10th and 14th moving the 27-year-old ahead of a congested group of players.

Woods recovered from an opening-hole bogey to fire four consecutive gains from the fourth and briefly get within one of the lead, before bouncing back from a blemish at the eighth to sink a 20-foot birdie at the next.

While acquiring a share of the lead heading into the final round, Molinari's ultimate intentions targeted the earning of more FedEx Cup points, which was required to secure a spot in the playoffs at season's end. Molinari strategized by missing the French Open, one of his favorite European Tour events and a tournament that could have benefited his Ryder Cup status