Ryder: An honour to be vice captain says F. Molinari


(ANSA) - ROME, AUG 16 - 2018 Open winner Francesco Molinari, Italy's only ever major winner, said Wednesday it was an honour to be named Team Europe's fifth and last vice captain for the Ryder Cup in Rome this autumn.
    He said he had hoped to be playing again after becoming the first European to bag six points from six matches in Paris in 2018, but his new role on the side of the course filled him with pride.
    "I'm very proud. I started 2023 with the hope of taking part in this Ruder Cup as a player, but filling the vice captain role is a great honour," said the 40-year-old from Turin, who will form an unprecedented vice captaincy duo with his elder brother (42) Edoardo.
    "When I received (captain Luke) Donald's phone call, I didn't think even a moment and I immediately decided to accept.
    "I'm becoming part of a staff made up of great people. The most beautiful moment that I have lived in the Ryder Cup was certainly debuting alongside Edoardo in Wales (at Celtic Manor in 2010) and feeling for the first time what it meant to be part of Team Europe.
    "It's really special to be with him again in Rome, in Italy and therefore in our country.
    "Wearing these colours is a source of pride and I'll do my all to held Donald and the team to bring the cup beack to Europe" (ANSA).

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