Ace Molinari in 17th heaven

11/8/2012 6:28:13 AM
Edoardo Molinari  (Getty Images)
Edoardo Molinari (Getty Images)

If Edoardo Molinari feared he had used up all his good shots during his practice round ahead of the Barclays Singapore Open, the former Ryder Cup star need not have worried.

Having made an albatross on the par five fourth hole on Tuesday, Molinari was given further cause for celebration on the 17th hole in the opening round of the US$6million tournament.

Until that point, the Italian had been enduring a decidedly mixed day, opening with a bogey at the first hole and adding a double bogey at the third before rallying with three birdies in four holes to climb back to level par.

Another dropped shot followed at the 14th hole, but Molinari got back under par with one swish of his six iron, sending his ball some 188 yards into the cup for his first hole in one as a professional.

Sadly for Molinari, despite the presence of a gleaming car on a stand behind the tee, his ace won him nothing more than bragging rights.

Molinari, playing his sixth event after recovering from wrist surgery, said: “There’s a BMW on the tee but luckily I’d read on the noticeboard on Tuesday that it was only for display – otherwise I probably would’ve celebrated like crazy and then looked a bit stupid.  

“We had a decent view of it – it pitched just short of the hole, and all of a sudden the people behind the green started to scream and clap. It was a great feeling, and I think this must be my lucky week after what happened in practice.

“The albatross on Tuesday was the first shot I had hit with my new hybrid, and I had a bit of a laugh with Francesco. We decided it must be a good hybrid, and it should probably stay in the bag now!

“It’s a funny game. To hole two shots like that doesn’t happen very often, but at least today it actually counted for something.”