6 share lead in Italy

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De­fend­ing cham­pion and home fa­vorite Francesco Moli­nari was among six play­ers who shared a one-stroke lead af­ter the open­ing round of the Ital­ian Open at Monza, Italy. Jamie Don­ald­son, Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat, Ed­die Pep­perell, Matt Wal­lace and Alexan­der Bjork also shot 7-un­der 64s Thurs­day at the Golf Club Mi­lano, next to Monza’s For­mula One cir­cuit. Ge­orge Coet­zee and An Byeong-hun were both one stroke back in the Rolex Se­ries event, which has an in­creased purse of $7 mil­lion this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ry­der Cup out­side Rome. Mas­ters cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia stood in a group two strokes be­hind the lead­ers, while play­ing part­ner and fel­low Spa­niard Jon Rahm was among those three shots be­hind. Tommy Fleet­wood, who leads the Race to Dubai ahead of Gar­cia and Rahm, had some ground to make up af­ter a par 71.

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