'Gleneagles was highlight of my career so far' - Molinari

Italy's Eduardo Molinari defends his Johnnie Walker championship title at Gleneagles later this month, and told BBC Scotland's Rob MacLean why Scotland is his favourite place to play golf...

Eduardo Molinari
Molinari won two titles on Scottish soil last year.

"Last year was a fantastic year for me, and I was lucky to win twice in Scotland.

It is always a lot of fun to play in front of Scottish crowds.

They are the most knowledgeable of all the crowds we play in front of.

It was a very enjoyable couple of weeks.

The Scottish Open was my first win on the European tour and it was very special to win my first event at such a big event.

Also I was playing with Francesco on Sunday so that was even more special. I have great memories of that week.

At Gleneagles I almost had to win to make the Ryder Cup team.

I was very focused that week.

I remember going into the last few holes and saying to my caddie "We just need a couple of birdies to make the play off"!

Then after the putt on 17 I just wanted very badly to birdie the last to win outright.

There was definitely a lot of pressure. It wasn't only about winning the tournament, it was about making the Ryder Cup.

But those last three holes at Gleneagles were the highlight of my career in golf so far.

I saw Monty maybe 10 or 15 minutes before the announcement. He asked me if I wanted to be part of his team in Wales and I said "Yes of course!".

Defending the title at Gleneagles later this month is a big priority for me.

It's a great championship, I've always liked the course and I think it will be a great venue in a few year's time for the Ryder Cup.

I'm really looking forward to that week because I'm sure the Scottish crowds will be unbelievable to me again."

Eduardo Molinari was speaking to The Golf Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Listen live at 1030 BST on Sunday mornings.

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