72° OPEN D’ITALIA. Nicolas Colsaerts 1st Round Leader.

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Nicolas Colsaerts leads the 72° Open D’Italia after the 1st round at Golf Club Milano in Italy.

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Nicolas fired a flawless first round -9 under par 63, carding 8 birdies in a row, to lead the 72° Open D’Italia by two shots over the field. Preferred lies were in play, making the low scoring much easier.

He said it was nice to see his hard work paying off, he came close to making it nine birdies in row, but the putt just missed;

“I have been playing quite well for a while and waiting for a round like this when it all comes together.”

“Today it was great and it is nice to see the work you are doing paying off for a change.”

“The course is not long and the back nine is very scoreable so I would be surprised if I was the only player here who gets hot out there.”

“I think the winning score will be pretty low but that’s good, I think most people who come out here to watch golf want to see birdies and eagles.”

“It all felt pretty easy to be fair, we all know what it is like to catch fire and get on a run like that but I didn’t realise how many birdies in a row I had made until the sixth one, then I started to count them.”

“I actually could have made nine in a row but the putt just took a little bobble at the end which took it offline.”

“It felt like I could have birdied every hole today. I think I only had one really long putt but the rest of them were all pretty makeable and it was just one of those days.”

Home favourite Francesco Molinari, is tied in second place with Shiv Kapur and Kristoffer Broberg, all recording opening rounds of -7 under par 65.

The leaderboard is very congested, with seven players sharing fifth position at -6 under par;  Bernd Wiesberger, amateur Stefano Mazzoli, Fabrizio Zanotti, Borja Virto Astudillo, Mikko Korhonen, Lucas Bjerregaard and Mark Foster.

Costantino Rocca fired a +8 over par 80 as he began his final European Tour tournament.

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