Italian golfer Molinari falls back as Harman triumphs

Francesco Molinari, World Number 34

WILMINGTON, NC—Former Europe Ryder Cup star and Italy’s number one ranked golfer Francesco Molinari produced a dissapointing weekend performance to finish in a tie for twenty-fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA Tour. Molinari entered the final two rounds with the 36 hole lead but couldnt not match the quality of his earlier rounds.

The Italian shot a three over 75 in Sunday's final round and was never really in contention, as American Brian Harman produced a stunning putt on the 72nd hole to claim his second PGA Tour victory.

Harman beat world number one Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by one stroke as he finished on a winning total of 10 under par. 

Earlier Molinari had shot a level par 72 on Saturday morning to remain at the top of the leaderboard after Round 2.

Friday's play was heavily disrupted by a storm that devastated the course in the morning, however, after a slow start Molinari returned to the course Saturday morning and ran off three birdies to restore his one shot advantage at the tope of the leaderboard.

Previously the Italian fired a six under 66 Thursday to occupy the top spot after Round 1.

 After an opening bogey at his first hole, the Turin native birdied six of his next eight holes before eventually finishing on six under par, one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

 Undoubtedly the highlight of Molinari’s round was a majestic chip-in birdie on the 18th hole.

 The 34-year-old Italian has won four times around the world in European Tour events, his last coming at the 2016 Italian Open, but is still waiting for his first on American soil.

 The Wells Fargo Championship, previously held at Quail Hollow, moved to Eagle Point Golf Club for the 2017 edition.

"It’s a great track, not the longest, but especially in the breeze you need to hit the ball in the right spot on the greens,” said Molinari on the new venue Thursday.

 “Just a good, solid round. I hit a lot of good shots, gave myself a lot of chances. I missed some makeable ones but made a couple from off the green, so great day,” added the Italian.

Unfortunately Molinari could not build upon his flying start as he looks to bounce back at the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, starting Thursday.