Molinari brothers eyeing Omega Mission Hills title


Molinari brothers eyeing Omega Mission Hills title
Italian professional golfers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari are looking to recreate their memorable victory of two years ago at this weekend's Omega Mission Hills World Cup, taking place at the Mission Hills resort in China.

Kicking off tomorrow (November 24th), the event will see the siblings aim to mirror their performance at the 2009 tournament, where they came from behind to enjoy a one-shot victory over Ireland and Sweden.

Elder brother Edoardo, 30, has since suggested the pair will attempt the same approach as they look to defend their crown on the Blackstone Course, which is situated on Hainan Island.

"That worked well for us last year so we have done exactly the same this year," he told the European Tour website. "It will just be the two of us and our caddies so it will be nice and quiet and hopefully with the same result."

The Italians will go up against a host of world-class international talent at the highly anticipated event, including a South African duo made up of Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and last year's Open victor Louis Oosthuizen.

Having been friends since childhood, the talented compatriots have emerged in the footsteps of a number of legendary South African golfers including Gary Player, Dale Hayes and Ernie Els.

Meanwhile, Els and fellow countryman Retief Goosen are set to go head-to-head at the upcoming South African (SA) Open Championship this weekend at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate, where they will compete for the €1 million (£860,000) prize fund.

The pair have a history of monumental clashes in the tournament, with Goosen clinching the title on two occasions and his rival winning three times, including last year's competition at Durban Country Club.

Goosen managed to hold off Else to take the crown in 2005 and 2006, while Els's 2010 victory was achieved despite his opponent's astonishing run of four birdies on the last five holes.

"There is something indescribable about winning your national Open," revealed Goosen. "That second win was just as sweet. It felt great winning again on home soil and having the SA Open trophy in my hands again."

The tournament will see a number of homegrown talents attempt to clinch the title, including Thomas Aitken, George Coetzee and Alfred Dunhill Championship winner Garth Mulroy - who became the 100th South African winner in European Tour history.

England's Simon Dyson will also take to the field at the SA Open Championship, where he will hope to become the first English winner since Tommy Horton took the top spot in 1970. ADNFCR-1532-ID-801219031-ADNFCR


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