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2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Last of top-ranked golfers ends his hiatus

Italy’s Francesco Molinari, the hero of the 2018 Ryder Cup, finally returns to competition this week after 30 weeks off

30: Number of weeks since Italy’s Francesco Molinari has competed in a tournament on a major professional tour. Molinari, whose most recent appearance resulted in a 4-over 76 on March 12 in the first round of the suspended Players Championship, will return this week at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He is the last of the world’s top golfers to return to competition. “I took a break to manage a life change with my family,” he wrote on social media. Molinari, 37, the 2018 British Open champion and a five-point winner on the Europeans’ victorious 2018 Ryder Cup team, recently moved his wife and two children from London to Los Angeles but has been home during the pandemic. He has fallen from No. 26 to No. 73 in the Official World Golf Ranking during his downtime. The Shriners event begins Thursday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas (tee times).

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