Molinari Tops Westwood at HSBC

by Jeff Skinner

The final round of the HSBC Champions was basically a two man match play from the start.  Francesco Molinari was able to keep his lead over Westwood and capture his second career victory.  Molinari shot a very good five under 67 to hold off  Westwood who was playing in his first tournament since earning the top spot in The World Golf Rankings.  It has been a tremendous year for Italian golf.  Molinari joins his brother Edoardo and the youngster, Matteo Manassero as victors on the European Tour this year.  The last time Italian golf made this much noise was in 1995 when Constatino Rocca rolled it in from the Valley of Sin at St. Andrews to tie John Daly at The Open and force a playoff.  We all know what happened in the playoff but that shot and Rocca’s reaction are as legendary as any at The Old Course.


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