Francesco Molinari of Italy has been named as the 2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year.
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Francesco had a great year, starting with winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The first Italian to win a Major Championship, and The Claret Jug, in The Open at Carnoustie Golf Links, with a bogey free final round.
Making History at the Ryder Cup, becoming the first man to win all five points from his five matches against the United States Team at Le Golf National in France. It was Francesco’s singles win over Phil Mickelson that secured victory for Europe in the Ryder Cup.
He finished off a remarkable year by becoming the first Italian to win the Race to Dubai, becoming the European Tour’s Number One;
“It is a huge honor to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year.”
“So many great names have earned this honor and I feel very proud to join them.”
“It is an award that means a lot to me and is a nice way to end a very special year.”
“Winning at Wentworth, in one of our biggest events, gave me a lot of confidence for the summer, but obviously winning The Open at Carnoustie, becoming my country’s first Major Champion, was incredible.”
“To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be part of that European Ryder Cup team in France was amazing. I’ll always look back on this season and be proud of what happened.”