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The Open 2018: Francesco Molinari declines to drink from Claret Jug

Francesco Molinari was naturally asked on his return to competition at this week’s WGC – Bridgestone Invitational how he celebrated his Carnoustie success.

And Molinari’s response very much reflects the father of two’s quite-natured disposition. 

“I’m not a big drinker, so to fill the Claret Jug with water which is a bit of a blasphemy it feels like,” he said. 

“I do drink red wine, but it’s not my first passion, let’s say. And last week there was a lot of recovery needed, so it didn’t seem like a great time to get hammered

“But there’s been celebrations. It doesn’t have to be, again, drinking to be a celebration. We sat down with the team on Sunday night, the part of the team that was still there, with my wife, just chatting about the week and how someone felt it was going to happen and someone didn’t.

“So, we were just sort of chatting. Some crying. Not from me, but from other parts of the team. Just spending time together and chatting about it. It’s been really good.

“But I’m sure there will be times at the end of the season when everything comes down that something goes in it, but not yet. Then my coach was there a few days last week to get ready and he put in a special request to sleep with the Claret Jug one night, so I was happy to share it with him.

“It’s just fun to have it around sitting on the table. Obviously, the kids love it and it’s nice to have it with us.”

The 35-year old also is slowly coming to grips with those outside his inner circle including fellow passengers and the crew of he and his family’s Bahamas holiday bound flight.

“People at the airport and on the plane over to Bahamas were congratulating me while the crew asked for a picture with me and the Claret Jug,” he said.

“You can definitely see it’s changed and it’s taken me in a different dimension. So, like I said before, it’s going to be probably a bit of a challenge for someone like me, but I’ll try to deal with it as good as possible.” 

Molinari will play the opening two rounds of the $10m Bridgestone event in the company of World No. 1 Dustin Johnson who last Sunday joined the Italian in also winning for a third occasion this year following victory in the Canadian Open.

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