(Reuters) – Whilst Francesco Molinari prepares to shield his British Open crown subsequent week, older brother Edoardo continues to be seeking to qualify for the overall primary championship of the 12 months.
Italy’s Edoardo Molinari performs out of the tough at the second one hollow right through the overall spherical of the Scottish Open golfing event at Citadel Stuart golfing direction close to Inverness, Scotland July 10, 2011. REUTERS/David Moir
He took a good step on Thursday with an eight-under-par 63 that earned a percentage of the lead with Italian Nino Bertasio, American Matt Kuchar and France’s Romain Wattel after the primary spherical of the Scottish Open in North Berwick.
The highest 3 finishers on the Renaissance Membership on Sunday now not already exempt will punch overdue tickets to Royal Portrush, and Molinari likes his probabilities.
“I’m in a just right position on the minute,” mentioned the 38-year-old Italian, who’s taking part in a contemporary resurgence after a couple of years within the doldrums.
A tie for 9th on the Irish Open closing week following a tie for 3rd on the BMW World Open closing month recommended just right issues are across the nook for the Italian.
“It kind of feels like each and every week I’m enjoying higher. I’m development one thing each and every week and while you play golfing like this, it’s slightly simple however then the whole lot can trade in an overly quick period of time.”
Edoardo would know. The 2005 U.S. newbie champion appeared destined for a glittering occupation when he gained the 2010 Scottish Open and performed at the profitable Eu Ryder Cup workforce the similar 12 months, most effective to therefore regress due in part to a thumb harm that required surgical treatment.
Francesco, then again, went from power to power and is now ranked 7th on the earth, 359 spots above his brother.
Edoardo used to be under no circumstances the one participant to profit from comfortable stipulations and little breeze on Thursday, when 93 gamers broke 70, amongst them Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and American Justin Thomas, each on 67.
Joint chief Kuchar, in possibly the most efficient type of his occupation at age 41, eagled each par-fives at the again 9 and added six birdies, together with two bogeys.
“I nonetheless really feel like a 26-year-old child,” mentioned international quantity 13 Kuchar, the 2017 British Open runner-up to Jordan Spieth.
“Golfing is a laugh while you’re enjoying neatly, it’s even a laugh while you’re now not enjoying neatly. At the moment I’m in reality taking part in it.
“I nonetheless really feel that pleasure for the sport, love for the sport. I come to a spot like this and I will be able to’t wait to play right here, and I will be able to’t wait to play subsequent week.”
Reporting via Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina, enhancing via Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge