• Italian Open, Round One

Molinari outshines Ryder team-mates in Turin

ESPN staff
September 13, 2012


Francesco Molinari was the pick of the Ryder Cup trio on the first day of the Italian Open in Turin.

Molinari's 68 left him four-under, while Martin Kaymer and Nicolas Colsaerts shot 70 and 71 respectively at Royal Park I Roveri.

Italy's Molinari, who will compete in his second Ryder Cup later this month at Medinah, played the front nine in a four-under 32, then lost momentum on the way in, with two bogeys and two birdies.

Nonetheless, he is in touching distance of leader Joel Sjoholm of Sweden, who is eight-under, one ahead of England's Lee Slattery.

Kaymer, the former world No. 1, remains a long way from his best - but he is playing well enough to assuage fears ahead of the Ryder Cup. Nonetheless, he is without a top ten since April, and could do with one for confidence purposes. His was an uneventful round: three birdies, a bogey and 14 pars.

Colsaerts' aggressive style might have been expected to tame a course that has traditionally presented birdies, but he dropped too many shots at crucial times, notably when playing the final seven holes in three-over.

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