After 4 seasons with Pello Iguaran on the bag, Francesco Molinari announced they are going their separate ways effective immediately.
— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) October 17, 2019
Pello and Molinari had a run most PGA Tour Players only dream of from 2018 to 2019, with the most important victory being The Open Championship in 2018. The two-stroke win over the likes of Kevin Kisner, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Xander Schauffele marked the Italians’ first ever major victory. In 2018, Molinari also won the BMW Championship and also dominated his matchups in the 2018 Ryder Cup going 5-0-0. He continued his success into early 2019 where he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. However, Molinari struggled towards the end of the 2018/2019 season failing to make it past the BMW Championship during the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.
Molinari pointed out how “relationships sometimes come to an end, even if it’s not what we wished for.” He wrapped up the heartfelt and thankful goodbye with his future plans. Jason Hempleman will be on the bag for the rest of the season, and starting in 2020, Mark Fulcher will take it over full time.
With 24 years on tour as a caddy, Jason Hempleman, is no stranger to taking notes and prepping some of golf’s notable names. As a bag minder for David Howell, Richard Stern, Anton Haig, Colin Montgomerie, and Mikko Ilonen, Hempleman should do just fine taking care of Molinari until the end of the season. Having been a part of 5 wins, 2 Ryder Cups, and an Olympics, Hempleman certainly has the resumé.
In 2019, Mark Fulcher had to take some time from caddying for Justin Rose as he underwent heart surgery to replace a valve. Rose never picked Fulcher back up and he has essentially been a free agent ever since. Fulcher, just like Hempleman, also has the experience of an Olympic event but left Brazil with a little more luggage — a gold medal. Fulcher also worked with Rose as he climbed up the World Golf Rankings reaching number 1. Also, not before he won the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club, a runner up at the 2017 Masters Tournament, and not one, but two World Golf Championship events.
Needless to say, Molinari is going to be in good and highly experienced hands for the remainder of his next few seasons.