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Francesco Molinari Kicks Off Wells Fargo Championship With Round 1 Lead

Francesco Molinari

With most eyes on Dustin Johnson this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, Francesco Molinari had a fantastic day in Round 1 at Eagle Point.

Molinari didn’t wait long to get going. He bogeyed No. 2 but ran off three straight birdies and tacked on two more on the front nine. He added three birdies on the back nine on his way to a 6-under 66 performance. Molinari closed the round with a 25-foot chip-in for birdie.

“I played well and gave myself lots of chances,” Molinari said. “I missed some makable ones but then I holed some longer ones which is always nice. I’m really happy.”

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who was forced to withdraw from The Masters after he injured his back the night before Round 1, had a solid day all things considered. Johnson bogeyed two holes but managed four birdies. His 2-under 70 has him well within striking distance of the lead. He was one of 16 players to post that score.

“Since I hadn’t played in so long, I’m happy with the way I played,” Johnson said. “I didn’t score that great, didn’t really hole that many putts, but other than that, I played really well. I think I hit 16 greens and I hit the ball great.”

Molinari’s slim one-shot lead will definitely be tested with four players right behind him on the leaderboard at 5-under.

The shot of the day was from Greg Owen.

h/t: espn.com, golfdigest.com

Written by BP Staff

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