Europe’s Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari has revealed he was carrying a again harm throughout his record-breaking performance at Le Golf National in September.
Molinari turned solely the second participant within the match’s present format to win an ideal 5 factors from his 5 matches as Europe defeated the United States 17½-10½ in France.
The Italian additionally made historical past alongside Tommy Fleetwood by changing into the primary European pair to win all 4 of their ties, however Molinari admitted forward of the British Masters on Wednesday that he was conscious of again ache all through the Ryder Cup weekend, and determined not to inform European captain Thomas Bjorn.
Lee Westwood has dominated himself out of competition for the European Ryder Cup captaincy in 2020, leaving Padraig Harrington because the favorite for the function.
The agency friendship of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood has been remodeled into an iconic Ryder Cup duo within the house of two faultless days of golf.
“I started to feel it on the Saturday morning at the Ryder Cup,” Molinari stated. “It’s due to having a very lengthy summer time and never having a lot relaxation between Atlanta [the Tour Championship] and the beginning of the Ryder Cup, and it was simply getting drained.
“I did not inform Thomas. At that stage it wasn’t sufficient to actually compromise my golf. So I simply began taking some anti-inflammatories. It’s per week that you simply’re type of pumped up with adrenaline, anyway, that you would in all probability play on one leg.
“On Monday I couldn’t do my shoelaces. I’m not a kid like Tommy. I need to manage my energies and my body.”
The opening day of the British Masters on Thursday will as soon as once more see Molinari and Fleetwood paired collectively on the course, though this time as direct rivals.
Molinari and Fleetwood are presently first and second respectively within the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, which was received by Fleetwood final 12 months.
“It’s funny that of all people, he’s the one right behind me,” Molinari stated. “But I would like to deal with what I am doing and I won’t speak to him and provides him a chilly shoulder and see how he takes it.
“We can nonetheless rejoice one another’s success however it will likely be totally different. It’s again to regular, actually. The Ryder Cup is a distinct one. This is what we do week in and week out, and we’re nonetheless going to be associates.
“We’re still going to go out for dinner one of these nights, and yeah, I still need to try and beat him to stay ahead in the Race to Dubai.”