Home comforts excite Molinari

08 May 2018 13:35:03 EST

Edoardo Molinari says playing on Italian soil will give him extra inspiration at the Rocco Forte Open.

The fourth edition of the tournament takes place this week at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort and as one of only two events on the calendar to be played in Italy, gives the 37-year-old a chance to compete in front of his compatriots.

Molinari currently has three European Tour wins to his name but after missing the cut last year, has a point to prove in Sicily.

The 2010 Ryder Cup star's best result this season came in Oman as he finished in a tie for 15th but he is hoping to find his form again this week.

It would be fantastic to win on home ground.

Edoardo Molinari

Spain's Alvaro Quiroz is the defending champion in Agrigento and is 28/1 to retain his title.

English pair Andy Sullivan and Eddie Pepperell are 12/1 and 25/1 respectively, while 2012 winner Thorbjorn Olesen is 16/1.

Despite his issues last year, Molinari, who is 80/1 to triumph, admits this is a favourite week for him as he gets to spend more time with his family.

The 37-year-old says he is excited to hit the course on Thursday and concedes it would be extra special to win in front of his countrymen.

He said: "It's great to be back in Italy. I've brought the family down and we're staying at this fantastic resort. The weather is beautiful so I'm really looking forward to this week.

"It's one of only two events on Italian soil so it would be fantastic to win on home ground.

"The venue is fantastic, everyone who played last year really enjoyed it."

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