Molinari brothers out to rule the world
November 25, 2011
Italians Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Molinari are hoping to recreate their winning performance at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup which tees off Thursday.
The Molinari brothers made history by becoming the first brothers to lift the John Jay Hopkins trophy and also the first Italian team to win the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in 2009.
Having returned to defend their title at the magnificent Mission Hills Resort on Hainan Island, the Italians are confident of producing another inspired performance required to take on the world's best players this week.
"I think the most important thing is that we are playing quite well and we know each other very well, so I'm sure we will have a lot of fun again this week," said the elder Edoardo.
"Obviously it feels very good to be back here, even if it's a different venue. I think we both remember very well the emotions of that week and that Sunday. So we'll just try our best to repeat it this year," added Francesco.
The Molinari brothers have already set the wheels in motion to raise the profile of golf in Italy following their historic win in 2009.
They are expecting the popularity of the game to grow further with Italy, once again featuring among the 28 nations vying for the US$7.5 million prize fund.
"It was a huge moment for Italian golf (when they won the World Cup in 2009). Nobody expected it, but it was a huge victory and obviously becoming world champions in any sport is big, not only for golfers, but for other non-golfers as well," said Francesco.
"We were really trying to get some huge results to make the sport grow in Italy. It was a bit of turning the corner (with their 2009 World Cup win) and we got a lot of publicity and golf started to be more and more popular," added Francesco.