The good news for Francesco Molinari is he has finished in the top two the last two weeks on the European Tour. The bad news is that he finished second both times.
Molinari lost to Jeev Milkha Singh on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, finishing runner-up in consecutive weeks.
"It's disappointing to finish two weeks in a row this close," he said. "But, you know, it means that I'm playing well and just need to get the energies back for next week and try to do the same again. "
The Italian closed with a final-round 72 in the toughest scoring conditions of the week at the Scottish Open to get into the playoff at 17 under par, but his par on the first hole of overtime was bested by Singh's birdie. Molinari said he had difficulty in judging the speed of the putting surfaces on Sunday.
"Obviously I wish I hit mine (birdie putt) a little better in the playoff to give it a chance at least, but it wasn't an easy putt," he said. "Today, all day, with the wind, it was really tricky to hole putts."
While he didn't get the win that he wanted, yet again, Molinari will take a lot away from the week - just not the trophy.
"It's another great week," he said. "A lot of Ryder Cup points again, a lot of Race to Dubai points. So you know, obviously right now, it doesn't feel as good as it will feel probably in a few hours."