Friday, August 16, 2019

SECRET OF MOLINARI'S SUCCESS


Edoardo Molinari, pictured,

credited his two-shot

advantage at the

D+D Real Czech Masters,

and the superb play which

yielded a bogey-free opening

36 holes, to a secret change

to his routine as the Italian took a halfway lead into the

weekend for the first time in his European Tour career.

 
The 2010 winning Ryder Cup team member has three

European Tour titles to his name but has struggled for

consistency in recent years, and he has been searching for

the path back to the top of the game.
 
Having carded a second successive 66 at Albatross Golf

Resort for a 12 under total, the 38 year old was coy about the

secret to his flawless start, although the Italian has recently

adopted a noticeable new pre-shot routine which involves

extending his hand between his eye-line and the target.
 
Molinari has another former Ryder Cup player snapping

at his heels as Thomas Pieters birdied the final

three holes to enter the weekend in outright

second place on ten under.

The Belgian, a former winner of this event in 2015 who also

finished runner-up on his title defence a year later, signed for

a second-round 67 and a ten-under total – a shot clear of

former European Tour Number One Robert Karlsson and

three others in a share of third.
Players quotes:
 
Edoardo Molinari
“The reason for this form is a bit of a secret which I’m going

to keep to myself for now but I'm definitely playing differently

on the course, I'm giving myself lots of chances. Even today I

could have made a few putts more and it's just the way it is at

the minute.
“I'm playing very consistently, the equipment change helped

me a lot at the beginning of the year because I'm not losing

my driver to the right anymore like I did in the last few years.

Thank God I made a switch and it's definitely going better.
“I'm picking my spots, there's a bit of engineering behind the

aiming technique, I've been doing it for a few months and it's

definitely paying off.
“At the moment I'm very comfortable, I'm enjoying playing

golf. I've been going through a tough few years so at the

minute I'm just really enjoying myself on the golf course, I'm

playing well so life is good at the minute.”
 
Thomas Pieters
“I think on 15 I told my caddie I was a bit bored today, playing well but not making anything. I was two-under and a few back so it was nice to finish like that – a lovely shot at 16 and 18 and then a nice putt on 17.
“Sometimes you get a good draw, sometimes you get a bad one but I felt like I took advantage of it in the last few holes. They always play tricky when there’s more wind – 18 is not a difficult hole when there’s no wind.
“Mentally I’m trying to stay calm and positive and patient – all of those good things which are still difficult when you have to go out there and implement them. But my swing feels good and I’m hitting the driver really well which helps here so I can cut a lot of corners.”
Robert Karlsson
“That was very nice. I’ve been working hard this summer and I’ve been having good rounds here and there but haven’t been able to put them together, so it’s nice to be able to put two together.
“I’m here and I want to play well here but at the same time I’m turning 50 soon and am preparing for the Champions Tour Qualifying School, so I want to get some good results and also build up some good form coming to the end of the season.
“I’ve been hitting my iron shots really well – especially yesterday it was really good – and I have myself a lot chances. Yesterday was probably one of the best days with the irons I have had in years and I gave myself about four birdie chances within three feet, so you should make a few of those!”
 
ROUND 2 SCOREBOARD
132 E Molinari (Ita) 66 66

134 T Pieters (Bel) 67 67
 
135 H Leon (Chile) 66 69, S Horsfield (Eng) 69 66, R Karlsson (Swe) 67 68, M Schwab (Austria) 70 65
 
136 J Kruyswijk (SAf) 69 67, A Pavan (Ita) 68 68, J Hansen (Denmarl) 66 70, L Johnston (Sco) 67 69, R Karlberg (Swe) 69 67, L Slattery (Eng) 65 71, A Arnaus (Spn) 71 65
 
137 E Van Rooyen (SfA) 65 72, V Dubuisson (Fra) 70 67, J Ritchie (SAf) 70 67, B Wiesberger (Austria) 67 70, M Nixon (Eng) 70 67, J Singh Brar (Eng) 69 68, K Reitan (Norway) 66 71, W Nienaber (SAf) 69 68, M Korhonen (Finland) 70 67

138 D Gavins (Eng) 71 67, Z Lombard (SAf) 68 70, T Pulkkanen (Finlamd) 69 69, B Henson (USA) 70 68, I Cantero Gutierrez (Spn) 71 67, J Scrivener (Australia) 67 71, K Samooja (Finland) 68 70, A Chesters (Eng) 70 68, S Kim (USA) 70 68, K Koivu (Finland) 66 72

139 N Colsaerts (Belgium) 70 69, T Murray (Eng) 70 69, H Porteous (SAf) 69 70, J Catlin (USA) 70 69, C Hanson (Eng) 69 70, R Paratore (Ita) 71 68, R Wattel (Fra) 68 71, S Jamieson (Sco) 72 67, D Burmester (SAf) 70 69, G Green (Malaysia) 64 75, A Björk (Swe) 71 68

140 M Kawamura (Jpn) 72 68, D Howell (Eng) 69 71, D Papadatos (Australia) 71 69, M Southgate (Eng) 70 70, G Fernandez-Castaño (Spn) 70 70, C Lloyd (Eng) 70 70, A Levy (Fra) 70 70

141 M Keyser (SAf) 71 70, R Ramsay (Sco) 70 71, L Robinson (Eng) 70 71, J Winther (Denmark) 69 72, B Easton (SAf) 68 73, S Lee (S Korea) 68 73, E Kofstad (Norway) 74 67, P Dunne (Irl) 70 71, S Manley (Wales) 71 70, J Morrison (Eng) 73 68, B Evans (Eng) 72 69, P Waring (Eng) 70 71, R Gouveia (Portuga.) 70 71, P Harrington (Irl) 73 68, O Fisher (Eng) 69 72, D Fichardt (SAf) 67 74, T Bjørn (Denmark) 70 71, R MacIntyre (Sco) 69 72, A Rai (Eng) 72 69, J Walters (SAf) 72 69, B Dredge (Wales) 70 71

MISSED THE CUT
142 H Park (S Korea) 69 73, L Gagli (Ita) 70 72, C Shinkwin (Eng) 66 76, A Karlsson (Swe) 71 71, J Suri (USA) 69 73, M Schneider (Ger) 71 71, G Moynihan (Irl) 71 71, K Johannessen (Norway) 71 71, E De La Riva (Spn) 71 71, P Oriol (Spn) 72 70, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 72, J Donaldson (Wales) 70 72

143 L Jensen (Denmark) 71 72, S Kjeldsen (Denmark) 73 70, S Brown (Eng) 69 74, N Cullen (Australia) 72 71, N Lemke (Swe) 74 69, J Geary (NZ) 77 66, J Veerman (USA) 72 71, P Langfors (Swe) 74 69, J Girrbach (Switz) 70 73, P Mejow (Ger) 72 71, P Angles (Spn) 69 74, M Warren (Sco) 71 72, R Evans (Eng) 69 74, J Bares (am) (Cze) 70 73

144 S Matus (Cze) 71 73, D Horsey (Eng) 74 70, B Rumford (Aus) 70 74, J Wang (Kor) 70 74, J Thomson (Eng) 72 72, E Pepperell (Eng) 73 71, A Korinek (Cze) 70 74, N McCarthy (Eng) 71 73, D Law (Sco) 72 72, M Pospisil (Czech) 73 71, P Mach (am) (Slovakia) 73 71


145 D Borda (Spn) 72 73, N Bertasio (Ita) 71 74, F Mruzek (Czech) 73 72, C Sahlstrom (Swe) 70 75, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 73, L De Jager (SAf) 71 74, D Lawson (Australia) 72 73, J Cafourek (Cze) 73 72, L Westwood (Eng) 73 72, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 73 72


146 D Stewart (Sco) 72 74, A Otaegui (Spn) 76 70, J Dantorp (Swe) 70 76, E Els (SAf) 73 73


147 M Orrin (Eng) 76 71, C Blomstrand (Swe) 72 75, M Siem (Ger) 74 73, G Coetzee (SAf) 73 74, P Valasek (Slovakia) 73 74, Y Chang (S Korea) 72 75, A Cañizares (Spn)75


 148 D Suchan (Czech) 78 70, G Bhullar (India) 73 75, J Choi (S Korea) 76 72, S Soderberg (Swe) 74 74, Š Zach (Czech) 74 74, P Gal (Czech) 75 73


149 S Brazel (Australia) 73 76, P Peterson (USA) 74 75, B Stone (SAf) 73 76, R Jacquelin (Fra) 74 75, M Schmitt (Ger) 77 72


150 A Saddier (Fra) 73 77, S Gregory (Eng) 74 76, L Tintera (Czech) 74 76, M Manassero (Ita) 74 76, J Todd (USA) 77 73, F Raza (am) (Czech) 77 73


151 G Forrest (Sco) 75 76, J Zuska (am) (Czech) 74 77


153 M Pavon (Fra) 76 77
 

154 A Leitmannstetter (Ger) 73 81

155 Š Páleník (Czech) 78 77, P Figueiredo (Portugal) 79 76


156 P Hruby (am) (Czech) 78 78


 ** A Connelly (Can) 78 withdrew, T Lewis (Eng) 76 retired

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