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Joel Sjoholm leads with opening 64

Joel Sjoholm hit a first-round 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Italian Open on Thursday, with three of Europe's Ryder Cup-bound players trailing in his wake.

Francesco Molinari's 68 was the best of those heading to Medinah Country Club outside Chicago in two weeks' time for the biennial contest between Europe and the United States.

The Italian was two shots better off than Europe team mate Martin Kaymer of Germany, while France's Nicolas Colsaerts was a further shot adrift.

Sjoholm described his eight-under-par round as "fighting" rather than "solid", but said it made up for missing the cut in his past two tournaments.

"I want revenge," he told the European Tour website. "The last two weeks I actually played quite good golf.

"Normally when I score well, I have to putt well. The last few weeks I've putted quite poorly and missed the cut by one stroke. Both times I felt like I had a good chance to make the cut, but you have to forget and keep moving on.

"I hit it basically everywhere. I was in the woods a lot and made some funny birdies today. It was a big, fighting 64 rather than a solid 64, but it's great fun to be eight under."

England's Lee Slattery finished the day a shot off the lead with countryman Richard McEvoy and South Africa's Garth Mulroy a further shot back.


64 Joel Sjoholm (Swe)

65 Lee Slattery

66 Richard Bland, Garth Mulroy (Rsa), David Howell, Gareth Maybin, Keith Horne (Rsa), Richard McEvoy, Victor Dubuisson (Fra)

67 Shiv Kapur (Ind), Edouard Dubois (Fra), Johan Edfors (Swe), Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Alex Cejka (Ger), Michael Jonzon (Swe), Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa), Sam Little, Richard Sterne (Rsa), Bradley Dredge

68 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Phillip Price, Julien Quesne (Fra), Scott Jamieson, Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Stephen Dodd, Marc Warren, Richard Finch, Tim Sluiter (Ned), Alastair Forsyth, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa)

69 Peter Whiteford, Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Matteo Manassero (Ita), Darren Fichardt (Rsa), Graeme Storm, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Tjaart Van Der Walt (Rsa), David Drysdale, Gary Boyd, Romain Wattel (Fra), Andrew Parr (Can), Tommy Fleetwood, Giorgio De filippi (Ita), Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Lorenzo Gagli (Ita)

70 Mikael Lundberg (Swe), Anders Hansen (Den), Robert Coles, Joakim Lagergren (Swe), Peter Lawrie, Robert Karlsson (Swe), Thomas Norret (Den), Joon Kim (Ita), Niclas Fasth (Swe), Shane Lowry, Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Gregory Havret (Fra), Craig Lee, Oscar Floren (Swe), Alessandro Grammatica (Ita), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa), Robert Rock, Daniel Denison, Markus Brier (Aut), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Hennie Otto (Rsa), David McKenzie (Aus), Sam Walker, Andrea Pavan (Ita), Andrew Marshall, Ignacio Garrido (Spa), Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe)

71 Andrew Johnston, Gary Orr, Mathias Gronberg (Swe), Tom Lewis, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa), Jose Manuel Lara (Spa), Anthony Wall, Gregory Molteni (Ita), Shaun Micheel (USA), Michael Hoey, George Murray, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra), Jamie Moul, Estanislao Goya (Arg), Paul Waring, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), David Horsey, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind), Jin Jeong (Kor), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)

72 Carlos Del Moral (Spa), Alex Haindl (Rsa), Steve Webster, Patrik Sjoland (Swe), Kristoffer Broberg (Swe), Scott Strange (Aus), Matthew Baldwin, James Morrison, Jamie Elson, David Dixon, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Rich Beem (USA), Christiano Terragni (Ita), Mark Foster, Simon Thornton

73 Damien McGrane, James Kingston (Rsa), Giulio Castagnara (Ita), Stefano Soffietti (Ita), Joost Luiten (Ned), Filippo Bergamaschi (Ita), Todd Hamilton (USA), Peter Hedblom (Swe), Renato Paratore (Ita), Felipe Aguilar (Chi), Federico Colombo (Ita), Lorenzo Magini (Ita), Pablo Martin (Spa), Rhys Davies, Sam Hutsby, Knut Borsheim (Nor), Thomas Levet (Fra)

74 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned), Richard S Johnson (Swe), Marco Bernardini (Ita), Andrea Rota (Ita), Matthew Zions (Aus), Emanuele Canonica (Ita)

75 Andrea Maestroni (Ita), Oliver Wilson, Steven Jeppesen (Swe), Ricardo Santos (Por), Maarten Lafeber (Ned), Benjamin Hebert (Fra)

76 Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan, Christian Nilsson (Swe), Alexander Noren (Swe), Domenico Geminiani (Ita), Andrew Dodt (Aus), Kenneth Ferrie

77 Costantino Rocca (Ita)

78 Benedetto Pastore (Ita), Lorenzo Scotto (Ita), Mattia Miloro (Ita)

80 Francesco Laporta (Ita)

RTD: Colin Montgomerie (Sco)

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