Wednesday, April 7, 2010.
AUGUSTA - This year, 18 countries will be represented by the 96 golfers in the field. Among that group will be three Italians and two of them know each other very well.
"It's like a whole new experience for me. Last time, I was on the bag," said Francesco Molinari. "It was fun but I am really looking forward to playing the course today for the first time and of course, playing the tournament."
Francesco Molinari was referring to 2006 - the year he caddied for his brother Edoardo at the Masters. But this time, they're both playing.
"It's great. We're going to play a practice round together and it will be the most fun round we've ever played I think," said Edoardo Molinari. "In front of big crowds and it being a practice round with no pressure on this great course. I think we're gonna love it."
The two become the first siblings in a decade to play in the same Masters. it's something that they've always thought could happen but now, it's actually here.
"I think it's great. I think it's been a dream for both of us to be here and play as professionals," said Francesco. "So we get our first chance here and we will have a little match in the family to see who will do best."
That's right, there's a bit of a sibling rivalry between the two. And who can blame them. But when it comes down to it, these two are each other's biggest fans.
"Yeah, there is a little competition but it is more of a job than anything more," said Francesco."
"There is a little bit of a rivalry but in a very good way," said Edoardo. "Every time he plays well, I'm happy and everytime I play, he's happy for me so it's been great for the both of us."