Italian Open: At the Italian Open, Francesco Molinari Hopes to Make It...

Italian Open: At the Italian Open, Francesco Molinari Hopes to Make It Two in a Row

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“It’s pretty hard to change the culture of a nation,” Francesco said, “but golf’s getting more popular.”

There are more than 90,000 registered golfers in Italy according to the Italian Golf Federation. The Molinari brothers were exposed to the game at a young age, trailing after their grandparents and parents — their father is a dentist, and their mother is a homemaker — on weekend trips to the course in the Alp-fringed city of Turin, host of the 2006 Winter Olympics. (Francesco even carried the Olympic torch for a stretch.)

The brothers, born 21 months apart, have been feeding off each other’s games ever since they…



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