Ryder Cup: Edoardo Molinari of Italy has been named as Europe’s second vice-captain for the Ryder Cup in Rome next year.
Molinari, who won the Ryder Cup with his brother Francesco at Celtic Manor in 2010, has been named as a vice-captain for the upcoming tournament by captain Henrik Stenson.
When Stenson and Europe’s successful captain from 2018, Thomas Bjorn, aim to wrest the trophy back from the United States in September 2023 at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the 41-year-old will be part of Stenson’s backroom crew.
“It is fantastic, a dream come true,” said Molinari. “It was a very unexpected call from Henrik. We had chatted a few times about stats and what I could do to help the team, but I never expected this.
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“Knowing Henrik, he will leave no stone unturned. He will do everything he can to win the Ryder Cup back.
“It will be a lot of fun for all the guys playing for him too. He has always been a very friendly guy and is always smiling, so I think it will be a fantastic atmosphere in the team room.
“The Italian fans will be loud and passionate at Marco Simone. For the players, it will be a lot of fun to play in front of such supportive crowds.”
Next year’s Ryder Cup will be the first time Italy has hosted the biennial tournament since the Molinari brothers won the World Cup of Golf in 2009.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Edoardo,” Stenson added. “He is really interested in statistics and works with a few of the players who may or may not be on my team.
“I’m very much looking forward to his input and to leaning on his experience. With him being Italian, it is going to be an extra special week for him.
“I envisage Thomas and Edoardo as the working group that I will lean on for the foreseeable future. There will be a lot of healthy discussion and input between us.”
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