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Wed Apr 23 16:08:39 SAST 2014

Molinari stays in touch in Scotland

TEAMtalk Media | 14 July, 2012 07:280 Comments
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open - Day Two
Francesco Molinari of Italy gestures on the 18th green during the second round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 13, 2012 in Inverness, Scotland
Image by: Warren Little / Getty Images

Italian Francesco Molinari started Friday's second round of the Scottish Open poorly, but improved as the round continued to retain a share of the lead at the halfway stage.

He fired a 10-under par 62 on Thursday, but carded a seven at the 464-yard par four seventh to go into the back nine on 36 for the round.

Molinari then made birdies on 14 and 16 to complete an error-free back nine to finish on a 70, two-under for the round and tied with Sweden's Alexander Noren.

Noren fired his second successive 66 a day after his 30th birthday and the day after his girlfriend on a tournament in Norway.

Big-hitting Argentinean Ricardo Gonzalez is joint third with Italian Matteo Manassero, while world number one Luke Donald is three shots back after a second round 68.

Manassero, twice a winner on the European Tour already, is in the hunt for another victory and a place in the Open after carding a 64 on Friday.

"The Open is on my mind and this is my last chance," said the 19-year-old Manassero after his round.

The teen from Verona needs a top five finish to qualify for Royal Lytham next week.

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