Born: 8 November 1982.
Turned pro: 2004.
Family: Wife - Valentina. Child - Tommaso.
Special interests: Football, snowboarding, supporting Inter Milan.
Career highlights: Three-time winner on the European Tour, including the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions. Made his Ryder Cup debut for the European team in the 2010 event at Celtic Manor in Wales, and made the team again in 2012.
2013 highlights: Five top-10s on the European Tour, highlighted by a share of ninth place in the Open Championship.
2013 Majors: The Masters - Missed cut. The US Open -Missed cut. The Open - T9. The PGA Championship - T33.
NGC record: Third appearance. 2011 - 11th, 2012 - T7th.
Francesco is the younger of golf's famous Molinari brothers, but he has blazed his own way in the game and certainly doesn't stand in the shadows of his older brother Edoardo.
Molinari is one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour, having won three times and twice been a member of a winning European team in the Ryder Cup in 2010 and 2012.
Born in Turin, Molonari enjoyed a solid amateur career in which he won the Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship twice, and was also the winner of the Italian Match Play Championship in 2004. He turned professional late in 2004, and earned his playing privileges at the European Tour Qualifying School that year. In his first season he retained his card with a finish of 86th on the Order of Merit.
But 2006 was the breakthrough season for Molinari. He finished 8th in the South African Open that year, and then claimed his maiden European tour victory in the Italian Open in May. With that triumph he became the first Italian winner of the event since Massimo Mannelli in 1980.
In 2009, he joined world golf's elite when he broke into the top 50 on the world rankings for the first time. A memorable year was capped by a team victory with his brother in the World Cup of Golf in China, and in what was also a first title for Italy.
The two brothers teamed up in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, and which Europe won 14¼ to 13¼.
But the crowning glory of Molinari's individual career came in November 2010. At the Sheshan Club in Shanghai, the Italian closed with a 67 to finish at 19 under par and beat world number one Lee Westwood by a single stroke to win the WGC-HSBC Champions.
He saw out the season with a finish of tied sixth in the Dubai World Championship, and ended a career high fifth on the European Tour's Race to Dubai. He also had 11 top-tens that year.
Molinari has yet to make a real impact in the Majors and achieved his best finish of tied ninth in the Open Championship this year.