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Molinari, Lee lead Joburg Open

2014-02-07 18:44
Edoardo Molinari (AP Photo)

Johannesburg - Former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari led the way alongside Briton Craig Lee after the second round of the Joburg Open on Friday.

The Italian, who made his Ryder Cup debut in Wales in 2010 but missed out two years later in Chicago, carded a four-under 68 on the East Course to join Lee (67) on 11-under 132 at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club.

The competitors are playing two courses this week, the par-72 East and par-71 West.

Molinari has struggled with injury in the last couple of seasons but recent performances seem to suggest he is getting back to his best.

"I drove the ball really well," he told reporters. "I've been driving the ball like that for the last few months and it's making a big difference because I am hitting a couple of clubs less than I am used to and most times I am on the fairway.

"There are two rounds to go but I like the way I am hitting the ball. I made a few putts today but the most important thing is to keep hitting the ball like this."

A blistering best of the day 63 by David Horsey helped the Briton move into joint third place on 133 with South African George Coetzee (68) at the European Tour event.

Defending champion Richard Sterne of South Africa missed the cut after finishing on 141.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

132 - Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 64 68, Craig Lee (SCO) 65 67

133 - David Horsey (ENG) 70 63, George Coetzee 65 68

134 - Danny Willett (ENG) 69 65, Roope Kakko (FIN) 70 64, Andrew Georgiou 69 65, Alastair Forsyth (SCO) 64 70, James Heath (ENG) 66 68, Justin Walters 64 70, Jin Jeong (KOR) 65 69

135 - Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 68 67, Brandon Stone 68 67, Gary Stal (FRA) 66 69, Edouard Dubois (FRA) 65 70, Thomas Aiken 70 65

136 - James Morrison (ENG) 70 66, Tyrone Ryan 71 65, Seve Benson (ENG) 68 68, Hennie Otto 65 71, Eduardo de la Riva (ESP) 68 68, Christiaan Basson 71 65, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 67 69, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 67 69

137 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68 69, Dawie Van der Walt 69 68, Matthew Baldwin (ENG) 68 69, Soren Hansen (DEN) 70 67, Wallie Coetsee 70 67, Michael Hollick 69 68, Byeong-hun An (KOR) 69 68, Drikus van der Walt 66 71, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 69 68, Danie van Tonder 65 72

138 - Ricardo Santos (POR) 67 71, John Hahn (USA) 71 67, Alexander Levy (FRA) 71 67, Richard Bland (ENG) 67 71, Daniel Brooks (ENG) 69 69, Divan van den Heever 70 68, Peter Karmis 73 65, Jason Knutzon (USA) 67 71, Andy Sullivan (ENG) 66 72, Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 71 67, Ariel Canete (ARG) 70 68, Ross Fisher (ENG) 69 69, Robert Dinwiddie (ENG) 68 70, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 69 69, Justin Harding 66 72, Jaco Van Zyl 70 68, Graeme Storm (ENG) 71 67, Louis de Jager 68 70, David Drysdale (SCO) 71 67

139 - Heinrich Bruiners 71 68, Jbe' Kruger 68 71, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 71 68, Charl Schwartzel 69 70, Francesco Laporta (ITA) 69 70, Garth Mulroy 73 66, Mark Murless 67 72, Colin Nel 68 71, Mikael Lundberg(SWE) 70 69, Tyrone Mordt 68 71, Patrik Sjoland (SWE) 68 71, Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 71 68, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 68 71, Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 71 68, Wade Ormsby(AUS) 68 71, Erik van Rooyen 69 70, Daniel Im (USA) 69 70, Robert-Jan Derksen (NED) 65 74, Anthony Wall (ENG) 69 70, Keith Horne 69 70, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 68 71, Jean Hugo 66 73, Dean Burmester 72 67

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