Molinari returns to European Masters as contender

Edoardo Molinari is returning to the European Masters this week

and unlike last year, no one is questioning why he’s here.

When Molinari was given a sponsors’ invite to play in the 2009

tournament as a relatively unknown Challenge Tour player, there

were plenty of questions as to why he was picked ahead of several

struggling European Tour golfers who needed prize money to keep

their tour cards.

But the 29-year-old Italian finished 14th, which heralded the

start of a meteoric rise in the world rankings that culminated in

him being selected to Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the first time on

Sunday.

Molinari insists he is ”not too tired” to aim for a second

straight victory, after winning last weekend’s Johnnie Walker

Championship.