After a brief hiatus, Moliwood is set for a return.
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood took the Ryder Cup by storm, teaming to win four straight matches to spark a decisive European victory. Molinari became just the second player ever to go 5-0, while Fleetwood became the centerpiece of several celebrations at Le Golf National.
The two friends relished in the success of their partnership, even poking fun at themselves with a “morning after” social media video. But the good vibes will be flowing again this week in England, as the two men are grouped together at the British Masters in an all-Ryder Cup trio that will also include Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen.
“It’s going to be a little strange to try and beat each other instead of playing as a team,” Molinari told reporters.
While the two men are set to return to their roles as on-course adversaries at Walton Heath, Fleetwood explained that their off-course relationship will remain as close as ever.
“It’ll be nice to play together,” Fleetwood said. “We’ll eat together like a couple times this week and stuff, so we’re going to be spending a lot of time together it sems.”
While Molinari took last week off following the European triumph in France, Fleetwood got right back to work with a runner-up finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. That result allowed him to pass Patrick Reed for the second spot on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, leaving him behind only – you guessed it – Molinari.
Fleetwood captured the season-long title last year, but this time around it’s the Italian’s to lose following a season that included triumphs at both the BMW PGA Championship and The Open.
“If it was me and Fran it came down to, either way I’m going to be more than happy, whichever way that would turn out,” Fleetwood said. “I think we won’t hold it against him. With the year he’s having, I think he might deserve it.”