The month of January ends with a very small change in the world golf ranking despite Rahm having missed overtaking McIlroy at the top. From today Francesco Molinari is back the Italian number one.
Francesco Molinari, results
The changing of the guard is linked to the recent good results of Chicco (fifth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship before the missing cut in Dubai) and those of Guido Migliozzi (twentieth at the HSBC Championship and no cut in Dubai).
So Molinari (who we must remember was also number 5 in the ranking) is in position number 137 in the world rankings. The Vicentino is two places behind. To date, the highest peak reached by Migliozzi in the golf ranking is step number 65.
The blue podium is completed by Dodo Molinari, number 247 (he was also 14th in the ranking). In terms of the Ryder Cup in Italy, the European duel between McIlroy and Rahm for the overall first place bodes well. With the success in Dubai, making his debut in 2023, the Northern Irishman consolidated his leadership in the ranking.
The world number one extended his advantage over his direct pursuers, the American Scottie Scheffler and the Spanish Jon Rahm. Two variations regarding the Top 10, with Collin Morikawa moving to seventh place relegating Will Zalaris to eighth.
A step forward for Max Homa who, after his success in San Diego in the Farmers Insurance Open, jumped from 16th to 13th position. Francesco Molinari is an Italian golfer. He is the younger brother of Edoardo Molinari. On 22 July 2018 he entered the history of Italian golf by becoming the first Italian to have won a major tournament with the conquest of the 147th British Open.
On 18 November 2018 he won the Race to Dubai and became the first Italian in the history of golf to win the prize for best European player. He made world golf history during the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup held in France in 2018, becoming the first player to win 5 out of 5 matches, bringing as many points to the European team, moreover it is his last point that gave the trophy to the hosts, defeating world-famous champion Phil Mickelson in a one-sided match.
His collaboration with the English player Tommy Fleetwood will also remain in history, a couple of great fame who remained unbeaten in all the matches played.
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