Winner’s Bag: Molinari Takes Home Arnold Palmer Invitational

By March 10, 2019Headlines, Tour News


Winner’s Bag: Molinari Takes Home Arnold Palmer Invitational

The 36-year-old Italian won in his first start as a member of the Callaway Tour Staff.
Tournament: Arnold Palmer Invitational

How do the Italians say it again? Oh yeah…Presto!

Playing in his first start as an official member of the Callaway Tour Staff, 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational in stunning fashion, turning in a sensational 8-under 64 in the final round for a two-shot victory.

“My first week as a Callaway player, so happy to see that the switch I made wasn’t as crazy as some people thought,” he said after his round. “I know the clubs are good for me and I showed it this week.”

Molinari started the final round four shots back but rode an absolute red hot putter to his third PGA TOUR victory. Using his Odyssey Toulon Madison putter (with Stroke Lab) and Chrome Soft X ball, Molinari rolled in 146 feet of putts, including that dramatic bender on the 72nd hole. “Today was probably the best putting round of my career,” he said in his post-round interview.

Earlier in the week, Francesco told the Callaway Community, “The Stroke Lab Shaft has been really great for me. It’s really stable throughout the putting stroke and that’s helped me a lot. I’ve worked with Phil Kenyon (Odyssey Staff Pro and renowned Tour putting coach) and it’s something that I really like a lot. You can feel the difference when you putt with it and it makes it easy to get the putter into the positions that you want in the stroke. And after the round on Sunday, Kenyon added a retweet with the message, “If you want to win, you’ve got to make putts.”

Molinari’s driving wasn’t too shabby either; he hit 85 percent of his fairways on the week using his Epic Flash Sub Zero driver.

Here’s a list of all the new equipment the world’s now 7th ranked player used this week:


Epic Flash Sub-Zero

Francesco has been playing the driver all this year. This week Francesco told us, “The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable.”  The Epic Flash Driver features the groundbreaking Flash Face technology developed using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.  It is the only Driver to earn a flawless 20/20 on Golf Digest’s Hot List.

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Chrome Soft X

Francesco told us, “This golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”

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Apex Hybrid

The new Apex Hybrid delivers Jailbreak performance in a players hybrid shape.

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Epic Flash Sub-Zero

Epic Flash is the first ever fairway wood with our groundbreaking Flash Face Technology to promote faster ball speeds. These fairway woods also feature our Jailbreak Technology and Hyper Speed Face Cup to create even more ball speeds for more distance.

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Apex Pro 19

This is the exact club Molinari used to record an ace on the 203-yard par 3 7th hole on Thursday. These are Callaway’s first-ever players irons with Face Cup Technology.

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Apex MB 18

Francesco’s Apex MB Irons are true musclebacks inspired by the Tour and suited for the best players in the world. It’s a classic shape and style with a traditional, slightly thinner topline in our smallest blade shape.

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Mack Daddy 4

The Mack Daddy 4 is the #1 Callaway Wedge on Tour and they’re engineered with our groove-in-groove technology for increased spin and control.

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Odyssey Toulon Madison Stroke Lab

Molinari’s milled Odyssey Toulon Madison putter is designed with our new Stroke Lab shaft which promotes a more consistent stroke.

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