E. Molinari looks to join brother in The Open field

Paola Ditto
Luglio 13, 2019

While Francesco Molinari is having a week off to prepare for next week's Open at Royal Portrush, Edoardo is attempting to qualify as one of the top-three finishers this week not also already exempt.

Fresh off a top ten finish at last week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the Italian recorded his lowest Rolex Series round to date at The Renaissance Club to sit at eight under par alongside countryman Nino Bertasio, Romain Wattel of France and American Matt Kuchar.

Two of Molinari's three European Tour titles have come in Scotland when he won the 2010 Scottish Open followed by the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles a month later. South Africans Thomas Aiken and Erik van Rooyen, Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Belgian Thomas Pieters, Finn Kalle Samooja and English pair Lee Slattery and Andy Sullivan were a shot off the lead on a congested leaderboard. "The rain softened the greens and any links course we go to where there is not much wind people are going to rip it apart".

"It came out ideal, started spinning up into the breeze, was looking really good", Immelman said. "I'm just trying to play some good golf and post low scores here". I'm building something every week and when you play golf like this, it's quite easy, but then everything can change in just a short amount of time. "You just have to be careful and keep doing the same things, and hopefully the results will continue to improve". He had made just two cuts from 15 events coming into this week but added gains on the tenth, 12th, 16th, first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh to a bogey on the 15th, before a closing gain from six feet on the ninth set the target. I still feel that excitement for the game, love for the game. Right now I'm really enjoying it.

The Italian, three times a victor on the European Tour, has grown tired of the amount of time it takes to play golf at the top end of the game these days and, after another long day in Morocco where he is competing in this week's Trophée Hassan, he took to Twitter to vent his frustration.

Co-leader Kuchar, who finished second to Rickie Fowler at Gullane in 2015, said: "The Scottish Open has been great for me". Shubhankar Sharma was two-under through 16 holes but bogeys at eight and nine dropped him back to even par for the day.

The ace helped Immelman to a five-under 66 in the first round, while Samooja shot a 64 that left him a shot behind a four-way tie for the lead.

Former Open champion Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter were among another six-strong chasing pack on six under.

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