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Molinari set to focus on US golf circuit next year

December 26, 2018
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Francesco Molinari smiles as he prepares for the European Ryder Cup team photo at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France. Francesco Molinari says he may not play in Europe until the 19th-ranked Italian defends his British Open title in July. The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the European Tour calendar will combine to leave the London-based golfer short of available dates to compete on his home circuit next year. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON (AP) — Francesco Molinari says he may not play in Europe until the 19th-ranked Italian defends his British Open title in July.

The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the European Tour calendar will combine to leave the London-based golfer short of available dates to compete on his home circuit next year.

Molinari is even struggling to commit to the British Masters in May, despite receiving an invitation from tournament host, close friend and Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood.

“I would like to play the British Masters but it depends probably on the first couple of months of the season,” Molinari said. “If I learnt one thing this season, it is to be a bit flexible with the schedule playing two tours.

“With the changes, it is a bit different. Wentworth was always the first for me but now it has moved from May to September, that might be the first regular European Tour event I play,” he added in reference to the PGA Championship, another tournament he won in 2018.

The 36-year-old Italian will defend his British Open title at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

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