'Declining' Francesco Molinari hits out: "I'm honestly FED UP of this idiocy!"

Francesco Molinari has addressed the reason for his decline in recent years in a series of explosive messages on social media.

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Mon, 9 Jan 2023
'Declining' Francesco Molinari hits out: "I'm honestly FED UP of this idiocy!"

Francesco Molinari says he's "fed up with this idiocy" as he addressed the reason for his decline in recent years. 

It's fair to say we haven't seen the best from Molinari since 2018 when the Italian was at the peak of his powers. 

Molinari, now 40 years old, managed to hold his nerve to claim the 2018 Open at Carnoustie despite a final round pairing with Tiger Woods

Then in September of that year he helped Europe to a memorable Ryder Cup win at Le Golf National.

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You might recall that Molinari became the first player to go 5-0-0 in the competition as he played a starring role alongside Tommy Fleetwood

Molinari then endured a painful implosion at the 2019 Masters. Since then, he has plunged down the Official World Golf Ranking. 

The pandemic meant that Molinari then had to wait longer than he wanted to return to Augusta National for closure. 

After his Open win, Molinari rose to a career-high No. 6 in the world but is now only just inside the world's top 150 players. 

One social media user this week tagged Molinari, asking if 2023 would be the year we see a resurgence from the Italian. 

Another replied, suggesting that Molinari had "family issues" that needed resolving. 

Molinari took issue with this, writing: 

"Could you please tell me what my family problems are, so maybe if I know about them I can solve them." 

He continued: 

"I'm honestly fed up with this idiocy, more or less openly expressed.
"Golf is a sport, I've had a decline in recent years because I've made wrong decisions on the course.
"No one is infallible, least of all me who has always made mistakes, even in the best of times
"One thing that has never been lacking is commitment and dedication. And I assure you that it is not missing now. Best wishes for a 2023 full of satisfactions to everyone." 

Molinari's comments come as he prepares to participate in the forthcoming Hero Cup on the DP World Tour

The Italian will be captaining a team of 10 players from continental Europe against a side from GB & Ireland, led by Fleetwood. 

Molinari has had to replace Rasmus Hojgaard in the team with his brother Nicolai after the young Dane suffered an injury. 

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