Watch: Francesco Molinari opened his Saturday at Pebble Beach with a cold top

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Julie Williams
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If you’re a golfer, much less a competitive one, you know that topping it off the first tee is the stuff of which nightmares are made. Let Francesco Molinari’s topped tee shot off Pebble Beach’s first tee on Saturday be a lesson: Even major winners do it.

Molinari’s right hand was off the club almost as soon as he hit the dreaded shot that skipped just off the first tee in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The shot tracer line even picked up the ball, sort of, as it hopped toward the fairway. Molinari, the 2018 Open Championship winner who won the last of his three PGA Tour titles at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational, salvaged a bogey at the opening hole, and recovered when he birdied the par-4 third a few minutes later.

You’re one of us, Frankie.

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