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Ramsay and Molinari lead the way in Switzerland

ESPN staff
September 4, 2014
Edoardo Molinari enjoyed a flawless opening round in Switzerland © Getty Images

Scotland's Richie Ramsay set the early standard to lead the European Masters after round one, but was soon caught by Edoardo Molinari.

Ramsay, the 2012 champion, enjoyed a superb start at the picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre golf club in Crans Montana, Switzerland, making eagle at the first hole before following up with two successive birdies.

He ended the day with an eight-under 62 and was equalled by Molinari, who carded a flawless round of the same score.

"Four under through three holes was a nice way to start," Ramsay told the European Tour's official website. "I hit a great six iron into the first and then two more good iron shots into the next two, so I was flying at that point. It gave me a great boost and I managed to pick off a few more birdies after that."

English duo Tommy Fleetwood and Graeme Storm are two shots back at six-under, while compatriots Seve Benson and David Lynn both lie at five-under for the tournament following their opening rounds of 65.

Jamie Donaldson, looking for back-to-back European Tour titles, also sits three shots off the lead at five-under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal, who were both named vice-captains of Europe's Ryder Cup team by Paul McGinley, finished side-by-side with even-par rounds of 70.

Defending champion Thomas Bjorn is four-under having made five birdies and a solitary bogey in his opening round of 66.

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