Thursday, October 12, 2017

 Six share  lead on 64 at Italian Open
Image of Francesco Molinari  by courtesy of Getty Images 

Round one report 
Defending champion Francesco Molinari delighted home fans with an opening 64 on day one of the Italian Open – the fifth Rolex Series event of the year – to sit in a six-way tie for the lead.

Huge crowds headed to Golf Club Milano on Thursday morning to witness the start of Molinari's title defence and were treated to an outstanding display from the 34 year old, as the four-time European Tour winner went on to card nine birdies and two bogeys to get to seven under par on a day of low scoring.

Fellow early starters Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Jamie Donaldson and Alexander Björk matched Molinari’s blistering form on seven under, while England's Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace joined them at the top of the leaderboard in the afternoon.

South Africa’s George Coetzee and South Korea’s Byeong Hun An sit one shot back on six under.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who is currently second in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, and World Number 15 Alex Noren form part of a chasing pack of eight players on five under.

Garcia’s playing partners – Race to Dubai numbers one and three – Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm posted respective opening scores of level par and four under.

Round one scores
par 71
64 E Pepperell (Eng) , A Björk (Swe) , K Aphibarnrat (Thailand) , F Molinari (Ita) , M Wallace (Eng) , J Donaldson (Wales)  
65 A Byeong Hun (Kor) , G Coetzee (SAf) 
66 G Havret (Fra) , M Warren (Sco) , A Cañizares (Esp) , A Noren (Swe) , C Paisley (Eng) , S Garcia (Spn) , M Pavon (Fra) , A Pavan (Ita) , 
67 M Fraser (Aus) , J Rahm (Spn) , D Drysdale (Sco) , D Howell (Eng) , F Fritsch (Ger) , D Brooks (Eng) , J Campillo (Spn) , R Gouveia (Portugal) , P Dunne (Irl) , S Brazel (Aus) , R Ramsay (Sco) , B Stone (SAf) , D Fichardt (SAf) , S Mazzoli (am) (Ita)  
68 N Bertasio (Ita) , M Fitzpatrick (Eng) , R Fisher (Eng) , M Kaymer (Ger) , M Kieffer (Ger) , A Levy (Fra) , J Luiten (Netherlands) , E Molinari (Ita) , N Colsaerts (Bel) , A Connelly (Canada) , F Aguilar (Chile) , M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) , G Bourdy (Fra) , W Jeunghun (SKor) , R Paratore (Ita) , C Hanson (Eng) , J Quesne (Fra) , L Slattery (Eng)  
69 J Lagergren (Swe) , A Sullivan (Eng), R Rock (Eng) , P Larrazábal (Spn) , S Lowry (Ire) , P Waring (Eng) , T Olesen (Den) , L Westwood (Eng) , G McDowell (NIre) , D Im (USA) , E Di Nitto (Ita) , W Ormsby (Aus) , L Donald (Eng) , B Wiesberger (Aut) , T Hatton (Eng) , D Frittelli (SAf) , N Fasth (Swe) , L Scalise (am) (Ita) 
70 C Pigem (Esp) , P Pittayarat (Thailand) , M Jiménez (Spn) , J Carlsson (Swe) , A Romero (Arg) , R Fox (NZ) , A Otaegui (Spn) , N Holman (Australia) , J Van Zyl (SAf) , A Hansen (Denmark) , H Porteous (SAf) , M Siem (Ger) , T Aiken (SAf) , B Hebert (Fra) , D Horsey (Eng) , J Scrivener (Australia) , N Elvira (Spn) , J Walters (SAf) , C Shinkwin (Eng) , D Burmester (SAf) , A Johnston (Eng) , R Karlsson (Swe) , J Smith (Eng) , L Bjerregaard (Denmark) , R Sterne (SAf) , M Southgate (Eng) , 
71 L Soomin (SKor) , O Fisher (Eng) , B Dredge (Wales) , B Rumford (Australia) , F Maccario (Ita) , J Morrison (Eng) , J Suri (USA) , L Cianchetti (Ita) , T Detry (Bel) , R Wattel (Fra) , M Carlsson (Swe) , M Korhonen (Finland) , E De La Riva (Spn) , M Manassero (Ita) , A Dodt (Australia) , T Fleetwood (Eng) 
72 R Bland (Eng) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , V Dubuisson (Fra) , S Gallacher (Sco) , H Tanihara (Jpn) , T Jaidee (Tha) , L Jensen (Den) , W Ashun (Chn) , A Quiros (Spn) , M Ilonen (Fin)  
73 A Tadini (Ita) , D Willett (Eng) , T Bjørn (Denmark) , P Harrington (Ire) , P Hanson (Swe) , G Stal (Fra) 
74 J Olazábal (Spn) , F Zanotti (Paraguay) , P Peterson (USA) 
75 D Lingmerth (Swe) , S Jamieson (Sco) , G Storm (Eng) 
76 S Gros (Fra)  
77 N Ravano (Ita)  



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