Francesco Molinari suffered with severe back pain during the Ryder Cup in Paris

  • Francesco Molinari compiled a perfect 5-0 record to help Europe beat USA
  • Italian went on to match Larry Nelson’s record and played brilliantly well
  • 35-year-old performed with back problem that started on Saturday morning
  • He said: ‘On Monday I couldn’t do my shoelaces. I’m not a kid like Tommy’

Francesco Molinari has revealed he had to overcome a back injury to produce his record-breaking Ryder Cup heroics.

Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood became the first European pair to win all four of their matches together at Le Golf National, with Open champion Molinari going on to match Larry Nelson as the only players to compile a perfect 5-0 record under the current format.

And the 35-year-old Italian did so despite a back problem which left him unable to tie his shoes the day after Europe’s resounding victory over the United States.

Francesco Molinari suffered with severe back pain during the Ryder Cup in Paris
Francesco Molinari suffered with severe back pain during the Ryder Cup in Paris

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