Europe’s Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari revealed he was dealing with a back injury during his record-setting performance at Le Golf National.
“I started to feel it on the Saturday morning at the Ryder Cup,” Molinari said ahead of the Sky Sports British Masters. “It’s because of having a really long summer and not having much rest between Atlanta [the Tour Championship] and the start of the Ryder Cup, and it was just getting tired.
“I didn’t tell Thomas. At that stage it wasn’t enough to really compromise my golf. So I just started taking some anti-inflammatories. It’s a week that you’re sort of pumped up with adrenaline, anyway, that you could probably play on one leg.
“On Monday I couldn’t do my shoelaces. I’m not a kid like Tommy. I need to manage my energies and my body.”
Molinari became only the second player in the tournament’s current format to win a perfect five points from his five matches as Europe defeated the United States 17½-10½ in France.
The Italian also made history alongside Tommy Fleetwood by becoming the first European pair to win all four of their ties.