"I got off to a good start, I was two under early and just kept it together and had a nice finish, birdied the last two holes,” he said.
“It’s mainly down to putting, I putted very well today, seemed to hole everything. I drove the ball well - on this course you can give it a good smack off the tee and you feel yourself trying to hit it harder and harder.
“I was actually getting too cautious with my game but round here you can’t be, you just whack it. This suits me because I just enjoy it and don't think too much - that’s the key. I don’t think I’ve ever walked off the course feeling so relaxed.”
The highlight of Molinari’s round came with an approach to five feet at sixth, and the 28 year old was pleased with the quality of his ball striking.
“A good solid round, I’m hitting the ball better than I was this summer,” he said. “Today’s round was trickier than yesterday’s because of the wind.
“I’m even more pleased today. Five under is a good score in any conditions.”
His brother Edoardo was one under through his first five holes and at seven under the best placed of the afternoon wave midway through the second session.
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