x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Molinari makes move on Dubai World Championship lead

Francesco Molinari of Italy has moved within two shots of leader Robert Karlsson at the Dubai World Championship, shooting a 33 on the front nine to reach 5 under par.

DUBAI // Francesco Molinari of Italy has moved within two shots of leader Robert Karlsson at the Dubai World Championship, shooting a 33 on the front nine to reach 5 under par.

 

Molinari, who won the HSBC Champions earlier this month, had six birdies at the turn today and would have been within a shot of the Swede if he hadn't bogeyed the ninth hole. Karlsson, who sits at 7 under, parred his first hole.

Ian Poulter, winner of last week's Hong Kong Open, also started strongly, sinking birdies on his first four holes to reach 7 under after four holes. No. 1 Lee Westwood is at 6 under.

Graeme McDowell, fighting Martin Kaymer for the European money title, remains five shots behind the German after 14 holes.