Date: September 20, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Trio share Italian Open lead, Fraser fourth

Nicolas Colsaerts, Ricardo Gonzalez and Maximilian Kieffer claimed a three-way share of the lead after day one of the Italian Open on Thursday. Belgium&aposs Colsaerts took the early clubhouse lead at the Golf Club Torino in Turin with a superb seven-under 65. Argentina&aposs Gonzalez and German Kieffer then followed suit in the later groups to join the 2012 Ryder Cup player atop the leaderboard. Australia&aposs Marcus Fraser lies a shot off the leaders after shooting an impressive 66, with Englishman Steve Webster and Ireland&aposs David Higgins a further shot adrift. Colsaerts, who started at the tenth hole, began with a bogey, but bounced back strongly with a superb run of six straight birdies. After picking up another shot at the 18th, he came home in steady fashion with eight consecutive pars before gaining one more on the final hole. After missing last week&aposs KLM Open with a bout of flu, Colsaerts explained that home comforts allowed him to hit top form. “Nothing beats being back home with your mum looking after you,” Colsaerts said. “I was sitting at home watching the golf on the couch and was quite happy to be looked after by mum. “Apart from the bogey at the tenth, my first hole of the day, I got off to an amazing start and was kind of flying on my front nine.” Meanwhile, Gonzalez, who has missed three consecutive cuts, rediscovered the form that saw him finish second at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August. His round included six birdies and an eagle at the 12th, with a dropped shot at the second the only blemish on his card. Kieffer was equally impressive with eight birdies and just one bogey, and could have ended the day with the outright lead when he had a 25-foot putt for birdie. Home favourite Francesco Molinari is well positioned on four under after an opening-day 68.