FRANCESCO MOLINARI today vowed to play his way back into the Ryder Cup – and help Europe successfully defend the trophy.
Italian star Molinari made his debut in the biennial event against the United States at Celtic Manor two years ago. The man from Turin duly helped Colin Montgomerie's team to a narrow 14.5-13.5 victory over Corey Pavin's side.
The 29-year-old has now revealed he is desperate to play for new skipper Jose Maria Olazabal at Medinah this September. In addition, Molinari wants to improve on his mediocre track record in the competition and ensure Europe record only their fourth win on American soil.
He said: "The main goal I have at the moment is to make the European team for the Ryder Cup. That is my aim at the moment.
"Obviously, it would be great to win the Open, or any other tournament for that matter, in doing that.
"But getting on to the team is my biggest target just now. Once you have played in a Ryder Cup, as I now have, you want to do everything you can to get back on to the team.
"It's so good to be a part of. I played three matches last time around and only made half a point. My brother Edoardo and I halved with Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar."
Molinari is currently in 10th place in the European Ryder Cup rankings and will claim an automatic spot if he stays there.
He has paid tribute to Sky Sports golf pundit Mark Roe for helping him force his way into contention for the showdown with the United States.
He explained: "I have been working with Mark on my short game for the last three years.
"I think my putting is improving. Obviously, I have good days and bad days, but I feel far more confident in that crucial area. We are doing the right stuff."