Molinari – file photo

Francesco Molinari’s brilliant victory at Carnoustie today has swept him inside the top 10 in the world for the very first occasion and he is undoubtedly the game’s hottest player right now.

Molinari has now won or been runner-up in five of his last six starts in events in the US and the UK and jumped from 15th place last week to 6th place as a result of his two-shot win.

Molinari’s previous best ranking was when 14th following his win at the 2010 HSBC Championship in China, his second European Tour victory following his win in his own national open in 2006.

“It’s a big relief to be honest,” said Molinari following his win. “I knew I was coming in with some good golf but my record around here was terrible so that didn’t make me too optimistic about the week  but I just tried to not think about it and focus on hitting good shots. To go the weekended bogey free was unthinkable to be honest.

“Very proud of today very proud of playing with Tiger which was another challenge.

“Tiger himself was great today. Really good sportsmanship playing with me.”