Defending champion Francesco Molinari among Italian Open leaders

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 14, 2017

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox has missed the cut at the Italian Open by five strokes after shooting a two-over 73 in the second round on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).

England's Matt Wallace and Australia's Marcus Fraser are joint leaders on 13 under going into the weekend of the Italian Open. He finished his front nine in style, chipping in for a birdie at the 18th to get to five under before picking up further shots at the first and second.

"To come and do that, I'm pretty proud of myself and it's quite reassuring that I still can play golf", said Fraser, a three-time victor on the European Tour whose most recent success came at the Maybank Championship Malaysia in 2016.

"I just played good golf out there today and it's flawless weather for us to shoot low", Wallace said.

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat is level with Donaldson, while defending champion and home favourite Francesco Molinari is in fifth on 10 under.

The highlight of Aphibarnrat's round came when he eagled the 14th, while Donaldson finished with a spectacular three at the par-five ninth - nearly holing his second shot, with his driver, from 291 yards.

Francesco Molinari, another of the overnight front-runners, is three off the pace at 10 under after a 68, with Tyrrell Hatton - last week's victor at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - and Sergio Garcia among those a further shot back.

Having entered the Rolex Series, the tournament features an increased purse of US$7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.

Padraig Harrington is back on two over.

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