Champ boosted by recent improvement

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 11th October 2018

The reigning British Open champion and Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari says he has been thoroughly enthused by the "exciting" football offered by Manuel Pellegrini's new-look West Ham.

The 35-year-old is a self-confessed supporter of Milan's Inter and also West Ham, who he has been following for almost a decade. Recently he teamed up with United captain Mark Noble at a Pro-Am event, from where he gave his verdict on the current squad.

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"It was a tough start to the season, but they've managed to turn it around," said the Italian. "It's exciting to see the kind of football that Pellegrini wants to play. They're trending in the right direction so hopefully a good season ahead.

"I started following West Ham when I moved to England in 2009. Gianfranco Zola was the manager and we're quite good friends, so I started following him and getting to know more about the club. I just kept following them from there."

And with regards to Noble's golfing credentials, Molinari tactfully blamed the wind for one or two wayward shots - even though he admitted to enjoying the experience of playing alongside the West Ham captain.

"It was great to play with Mark," he added. "We had fun and it was nice to meet for the first time.

"Obviously I've been following the Hammers for a few years now and it's nice to meet a club legend like him. He hit some decent shots; it wasn't easy with the breeze but the most important thing was to have a nice day."

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