Enjoys snowboarding in the winter and playing soccer when not supporting Inter Milan
Says playing "in front of big crowds" and being a part of the winning European Ryder Cup team at Medinah CC in 2012 are his biggest thrills in golf.
Soccer, snowboarding, video games, movies
PGA TOUR (4)
2006 Telecom Italia Open [Eur].
2010 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions [Eur].
2012 Open de Espana [Eur].
2016 Italian Open [Eur].
PGA TOUR (5)
2002 Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Italian Amateur Foursomes [with Edoardo Molinari].
2004 Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Italian Amateur Match Play Championship,
2009 OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup [with Edoardo Molinari].
World Cup (7), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016
Ryder Cup (2), 2010, 2012
Seve Trophy (3), 2009, 2011, 2013
Royal Trophy (1), 2011.
In his sixth start in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and first start of the 2016-17 season, finished T6 in Shanghai, China
Was one of seven players to make the trip from Shangai to Las Vegas. Moved 40 spots up the leaderboard in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a 61, besting his career-low score on TOUR by three strokes (64). Finished T4 in his first start in Las Vegas
Finished T6 at the ISPS HANDA World Cup with teammate Matteo Manassero on the Italy team at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Australia in late-November
T7 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational marked his third top-10 at Bay Hill in five appearances, a venue where he has never missed a cut.
2015-16: Finished No. 111 in the FedExCup standings for the second consecutive season. Posted career-best numbers in starts (18), made cuts (14) and top-10 finishes (3)
Recorded his second top-10 finish in four appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, finishing T9 (T5 in 2014). In 16 rounds at Bay Hill, 14 have been par or better (75/R1/2013, 73/R4/2014)
Continued feast or famine ways at THE PLAYERS Championship with a T7 finish representing his third top-10 finish in six starts at the event (T6/2014, 9-2010). Missed the cut in his other three starts (2011, 2012, 2013)
Making his first-ever start at the Quicken Loans National, finished T8 at Congressional Country Club for his third (and final) top-10 finish of the season
Missed the cut at The Barclays in his first-ever start in a Playoffs event
Played a limited schedule on the European Tour, making just five starts. Seeking his fourth European Tour win (and first since the 2012 Reale Seguros Open de España), closed with a 66 to finish solo-second by four strokes to Thongchai Jaidee at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. 2014-15: In his first season as a PGA TOUR member (he played as a non-member from 2007-14), claimed five top-25 finishes, highlighted by a third-place showing in his 11th start. Finished 99th in the FedExCup standings to qualify for his first Playoffs. Elected not to compete due to the birth of his second child
Posted rounds of 64-71-67-67 to finish T10 at the Humana Challenge
Opened with a 7-under 65 at the BMW PGA Championship to take the 18-hole lead at the European Tour's flagship event. Followed with a second-round 69 to lead by one over Byeong Hun An. Through 36 holes, fell into a tie with An after shooting a 68, his third consecutive round in the 60s. Dropped into fifth place when he faltered on the final day, shooting a 2-over 74, nine strokes worse than what An shot on his way to victory
in his 11th start as a PGA TOUR member, recorded his second top-10 of the season with a T3 finish at the Memorial Tournament where he reunited with his 2012 Ryder Cup playing partner Justin Rose in the final group Sunday. Held the lead late in the final round until a double bogey-5 at the par-3 16th derailed his chances, leaving him two shots out of the David Lingmerth-Rose playoff that Lingmerth won
Finished T6 with three others at the European Tour's Open de France in early July
Claimed his fourth European Tour title (and first in over four years) with a one-stroke victory over Danny Willett at the Italian Open. With a final-round 65, became the first Italian to win his national Open twice (2006, 2016) since it became part of the European Tour in 1972. In the process, joined Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Sam Torrance, Ian Poulter, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Hennie Otto as multiple winners of the event since it joined the Tour in 1972. 2013-14: Made the cut in all 12 starts on the PGA TOUR as a non-member, highlighted by two top-10 finishes. Accepted Special Temporary Membership during the season, which allowed him to play in 12 events. Parlayed that into a top-125 finish on the non-member FedExCup points list to earn his 2014-15 TOUR card
Finished T5 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his second top-10 in three starts at the Bay Hill event
In his fifth consecutive PLAYERS Championship outing, finished T6 after three straight years of missed cuts at TPC Sawgrass. Posted four rounds of par or better to achieve the top-10 result, the first time he had recorded all four rounds at no worse than par in the event
Shot a final-round 70 at the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship to T7 with four others at the Wentworth Club in England.2013: Didn't play much on the PGA TOUR. Recorded his first top-10 on the TOUR, and first in six career starts at The Open Championship, finishing T9
Also made the cut at the PGA Championship (T33)
Was also T28 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
Finished T9 at the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions in mid-January
Was T5 at the Volvo World Match Play Championship, losing in the quarterfinals to Thomas Aiken
Added another T9 in May at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England
Not only had the low final-round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai in late-October, his 8-under 64 at Lake Malaren GC was the tournament's low round. Even with the eight-birdie, one-eagle, two-bogey performance, he still fell a stroke shy of winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, a T2 with Thongchai Jaidee
Struggled in the opening and closing rounds of the ISPS Handa World Cup but played superb golf in the middle two rounds, with a 67-66 performance at Royal Melbourne GC in Australia to T8 with three others. Had a disappointing team showing in the event, pairing with Matteo Manassero to T20.2012: Was T8 at the Abu Dhabi HSB Golf Championship in late January. Was in contention Sunday but could only muster a final-round, even-par 72 at Abu Dhabi GC
Was T6 at the Volvo China Open in April, finishing six strokes behind Branden Grace
Began the final round of the Open de Espana tied for sixth, four strokes behind leader Simon Dyson. Shot a final-round 65, nine strokes better than his Saturday score, to come from behind at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla to win going away, taking a three-stroke victory over Alejandro Canizares in early May. The victory was his second on the European Tour but his first in six years
Finished T7 at the BMW PGA Championship in England in late May
Picked up a T10 at the Irish Open when he shot a final-round, 5-under 67 at Royal Portrush GC
After a third-round 74 seemingly left him out of contention at the Alstom Open de France in July, he came back at Le National Golf in Paris with a Sunday 64 only to fall a stroke short of winner Marcel Siem. His runner-up performance moved him to seventh in the Race to Dubai standings
Added another top-10 in late-August, at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland. Fired a final-round 67 at The Gleneagles Hotel to move into a T6
Finished 0-2-1 in second career start for European team in the Ryder Cup. Earned half a point in his singles match against Tiger Woods as his squad claimed its second consecutive victory in the competition
Had a strong showing late in the year at the Barclays Singapore Open, shooting rounds of 69-67-72-68 to finish T5 at Sentosa GC. 2011: The 2010 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions winner recorded his only top-10 finish of the PGA TOUR season, with a T3 effort at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, set up in large part with matching 4-under 68s in the opening two rounds. Eventually finished three strokes behind Nick Watney in his bid to become just the second European (Darren Clarke) to win a World Golf Championships event
Teamed with his brother, Edoardo, to represent Italy and defend the duo's OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup title. Italy finished 17th in the team event in China
Enjoyed four top-10s on the European Tour, with a T5 at the Volvo World Match Play Championship his top showing
He enjoyed a good week in his home country, finishing T8 at the BMW Italian Open. 2010: Capped a career-defining year by winning in November in China. Battled Lee Westwood, then the world's No. 1-ranked player all week before eventually prevailing at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He matched scores with Westwood in the second, third and final rounds but won the tournament with a first-round 65 at Sheshan International GC to Westwood's 66
Finished ninth at THE PLAYERS Championship in his first appearance at TPC Sawgrass. In a second-round 65, hit all 18 greens in regulation, the first time that had occurred at TPC Sawgrass since in-depth hole-by-hole statistics began in 1992. Finish came on the same day Francesco's older brother, Edoardo, finished T13 at the BMW Italian Open in Turin, Italy. It was his first top-10 on the PGA TOUR since a T10 at the 2009 PGA Championship
Earned a playing spot on the European Ryder Cup team and compiled a 0-2-1 record during the European victory
In November, led wire-to-wire in Shanghai to hold off newly-minted World No. 1 Lee Westwood by a stroke to win the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Used a 7-iron from 155 yards to hole out his second shot on the par-4 13th for an eagle-two. His 19-under total was 1-stroke better than Westwood and 10 strokes better than those at T3. 2009: Finished T10 at the PGA Championship, his first career top-10 in a major. Didn't miss a cut in a PGA TOUR-affiliated event and finished in the top-10 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (T10) in early November. Had seven top-10s on the European Tour, with a runner-up finish at the Portugal Masters. Teamed with older brother, Edoardo, to win the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup in November, Italy's first win in the event. Performance moved him into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. The younger, by nearly two years of the Molinari brothers. Nine months after Edoardo became the first Italian winner of the U.S. Amateur in 2005, Francesco won the 2006 Telecom Italian Open, the first success in the event by an Italian since Massimo Mannelli 26 years earlier.