BBC Sports Personality awards : Moliwood reunited at SPOTY… but Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood are sticking to separate beds
MOLIWOOD will be reunited at Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality awards – but they will stick to separate beds even if Francesco Molinari wins one of the top prizes.
Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood were famously pictured in bed together after their starring roles in Europe’s crushing Ryder Cup victory over the Americans.
Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari WILL NOT end up in bed together this weekendPA:Press Association
They became the first European duo to win all four matches together, and Open champion Molinari made it a fabulous five by winning his singles against Phil Mickelson.
That has made the Italian hotshot a popular choice to complete a glittering year by topping the foreign sports star category.
But if that happens he will settle for a brief hug from close pal Fleetwood.
Molinari grinned: “We won’t be sharing a bed whatever happens- because our wives will be there!”
Molinari and Fleetwood were famously pictured in bed together after their starring roles in Europe’s crushing Ryder Cup victoryRyder Cup
The duo will be reunited at the BBC Sports Personality awards on SundayHandout
The Open winner teamed up with a new partner yesterday as he and England’s Georgia Hall – the Women’s British Open champion – showed off their trophies.
But Molinari quickly returned to the subject of his historic alliance with Southport star Fleetwood.
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He said: “The Ryder Cup was just an incredible experience. Tommy and I have been friends for years – his wife, Clare, used to be my agent and she gets on very well with my wife.
“And I think Tommy and I are more alike than people think. We have a similar sense of humour, and we have fun when we are together. That was a big part of making the Ryder Cup so successful for us.
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“Tommy and I always wanted to play together and we kept getting more confidence from winning matches.
“Our first game was really important because we were behind at first and turned it around to prevent a USA whitewash in the first session. That gave us, and maybe the rest of the team, the confidence to keep going through the week.”
Winning the BBC award would be even more special to Molinari as he now calls England home after living in London for the last ten years.
He added: “it would be great recognition after living here so long. Tommy and some of the other guys will be there as we’ve been nominated for the team award as well, so it us going to be a fun evening.
“This season has already been beyond my dreams. Like Thomas Bjorn said, it has been a lifetime’s achievement crammed into one glorious summer.”