Edoardo Molinari is still the best blue of the Italian Golf Open. On the course of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (par 71) in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome) the Turin-born – albeit without repeating the great performance offered in the first lap, when he also made a “hole in one” – with a partial of 70 ( -1) out of a total of 135 (65 70, -7) passes from fourth to sixth place and by mid-race he is three shots away from the top occupied by Min Woo Lee with a score of 132 (64 68, -10). Brother of champion Minjee Lee (tenth in the world women’s golf ranking), the Australian remained alone at the top of the table. Among the Azzurri, Francesco Laporta also remains in good position, from 7 / o to 11 / o with 136 (66 70, -6). A final putt, in which he touched the birdie, denied the Apulian (best blue at the 2019 Italian Open) the opportunity to join Edo Molinari. To cheer for the 30-year-old from Castellana Grotte (Bari), who will soon become the father of a girl who will be called Nala (Nimba’s best friend in “The Lion King”), was also his nephew Bruno, “who is ten years old and is ill of golf “, assures Laporta. Among the big Italians Francesco Molinari rises from 21 / o to 18 / o with 138 (69 69, -4). The winner of The Open in 2018 precedes Guido Migliozzi in the ranking, from 73 / o to 46 / o with 141 (72 69, -1). All the other blues out, including the Roman Renato Paratore, disappointing.
Min Woo Lee, Italian Open
23-year-old from Perth with two titles on the European Tour (one of which last July at the Scottish Open), Min Woo Lee has two shots clear of a quartet of pursuers made up of Tommy Fleetwood (only a double bogey with the ball in the water at 8, his penultimate hole of the day did not allow the Englishman to finish in the lead), by the Spaniard Adri Arnaus, by the Finnish Mikko Korhonen and by the American Johannes Veerman, all second with 134 (-8).
In the home of the Ryder Cup 2023, where a conference was also staged on the progress of the works regarding the infrastructural interventions towards the challenge between Europe and the USA in the presence, among others, of Gian Paolo Montali (the general manager of the Ryder project Cup 2023) and Mauro Alessandri, councilor for public works and territorial protection, mobility of the Lazio Region, there was no lack of entertainment even off the pitch. After Pepe Reina, Christian Panucci, a former football player (now a coach) and a great golf enthusiast, also admired the play of the champions.
And now the “moving day” with the unknown bad weather. Early departures (divided between the tee of the 1 and between that of the 10) with the start at 7:30 in the morning. Before Sunday’s grand finale with Italy who, five years after Francesco Molinari’s second success in the tournament, dreams of a ninth victory in the top competition of the Italian green.