The Molinari Golfing Brothers from Italy and American Brooks Koepka have moved into the clubhouse lead on day one of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
The early clubhouse pace was three under par 68 by Swedish golfer, Robert Karlsson, who is be very well positioned heading into round two tomorrow. The early clubhouse lead stood for around one and a half hours, and then Koepka posted a four under par, 68, to edge one shot ahead of the Swedish Ryder Cup player.
The U.S. golfer got off to a perfect start with a birdie three at the opening hole and followed this up with double bogey six at the second to move back to +1. The American hit back and recorded three consecutive birdies at holes 4 through to 6. These figures were followed by three pars to reach the turn in -2, 33. On the way home, the American had five pars, two birdies and one bogey, as part of his roller coaster round of four under the card.
Koepka, was joined first of all in the clubhouse on -4 by Edoardo ‘DoDo’ Molinari from Italy. The Italian golfer came out the blocks by birdieing the first two holes. He then ground out pars for the remaining seven holes on the outward half, to reach the turn in-2, 33. On the way in, DoDo carded a sub par figure at the 10th hole, dropped a stroke at hole 12, plus he finished with birdies at holes 16 and 18 to share the lead.
Edoardo, was joined at the top of the 2014 Open Golf Leaderboard by his brother, Francesco Moinari (pictured by Getty Images), who had a completely different round to his sibling. Francesco, started slowly with a bogey at the first hole. He birdied the 5th hole and parred every other hole to go out in even par, 35. The Italian’s round caught fire in the back-9. He birdied hole 11, dropped a shot at the 14th and then finished his round off in style with a birdie, par, eagle finish, after a sublime second shot to the 18th hole.