Molinari reveals great pride after being crowned Golfer of Year
Francesco Molinari has reflected on "a very special" 2018 after being named Golfer of the Year by the European Tour.
Molinari enjoyed a stellar year, becoming the first Italian to win a Major when he lifted The Open at Carnoustie, which followed joy in the BMW PGA Championship and a maiden PGA Tour title in the Quicken Loans National.
The 36-year-old then became the first European player to compile a perfect 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup as he won his singles match in the hosts' victory at Le Golf National, having already teamed up with Tommy Fleetwood to become the first European pair to win all four of their matches together.
Molinari rounded off a remarkable year by becoming the first Italian to win the Race to Dubai last month, finishing the year as the European Tour's No.1.
Molinari is a first-time winner of the prestigious Golfer of the Year award, which is decided by a panel of golfing media.
"It is a huge honour to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year," Molinari, who received the award in London yesterday, said. "So many great names have earned this, and I feel very proud to join them. It means a lot, and is a nice way to end a very special year.
"Winning at Wentworth gave me a lot of confidence, but winning The Open at Carnoustie, becoming my country's first Major champion, was incredible.
"To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be part of that European Ryder Cup team in France was amazing. I'll always look back on this season and be proud."