D+D Real Czech Masters R2

Molinari unlocks the secret for Prague lead

August 15-18
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
€1,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Edoardo Molinari credited his two-shot advantage at the D+D Real Czech Masters, and the superb play which yielded a bogey-free opening 36 holes, to a secret change to his routine as the Italian took a halfway lead into the weekend for the first time in his European Tour career.

Czech Masters R2 - Molinari unlocks the secret for Prague lead
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The 2010 Ryder Cup winner has three European Tour titles to his name but has struggled for consistency in recent years, and he has been searching for the path back to the top of the game.

“I’m playing very consistently, the equipment change helped me a lot at the beginning of the year because I’m not losing my driver to the right anymore like I did in the last few years. Thank God I made a switch and it’s definitely going better.”

Having carded a second successive 66 at Albatross Golf Resort for a 12 under total, the 38 year old was coy about the secret to his flawless start, although the Italian has recently adopted a noticeable new pre-shot routine which involves extending his hand between his eye-line and the target.


“The reason for this form is a bit of a secret which I’m going to keep to myself for now but I’m definitely playing differently on the course, I’m giving myself lots of chances. Even today I could have made a few putts more and it’s just the way it is at the minute.

“I’m picking my spots, there’s a bit of engineering behind the aiming technique, I’ve been doing it for a few months and it’s definitely paying off.

“At the moment I’m very comfortable, I’m enjoying playing golf. I’ve been going through a tough few years so at the minute I’m just really enjoying myself on the golf course, I’m playing well so life is good at the minute.”

Molinari has another former Ryder Cup player snapping at his heels as Thomas Pieters birdied the final three holes to enter the weekend in outright second place on ten under.

“I think on 15 I told my caddie I was a bit bored today, playing well but not making anything. I was two-under and a few back so it was nice to finish like that – a lovely shot at 16 and 18 and then a nice putt on 17.

“Sometimes you get a good draw, sometimes you get a bad one but I felt like I took advantage of it in the last few holes. They always play tricky when there’s more wind – 18 is not a difficult hole when there’s no wind.

“Mentally I’m trying to stay calm and positive and patient – all of those good things which are still difficult when you have to go out there and implement them. But my swing feels good and I’m hitting the driver really well which helps here so I can cut a lot of corners.”

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The Belgian, a former winner of this event in 2015 who also finished runner-up on his title defence a year later, signed for a second round 67 and a ten under total – a shot clear of former European Tour Number One Robert Karlsson and three others in a share of third.

“That was very nice,” said Karlsson. “I’ve been working hard this summer and I’ve been having good rounds here and there but haven’t been able to put them together, so it’s nice to be able to put two together.

“I’m here and I want to play well here but at the same time I’m turning 50 soon and am preparing for the Champions Tour Qualifying School, so I want to get some good results and also build up some good form coming to the end of the season.

“I’ve been hitting my iron shots really well – especially yesterday it was really good – and I have myself a lot chances. Yesterday was probably one of the best days with the irons I have had in years and I gave myself about four birdie chances within three feet, so you should make a few of those!”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-6
66
2
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
67
T3
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-4
67
T3
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-7
70
T3
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-6
69
T3
Hugo Leon
CHI
-3
66
T7
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
65
T7
Liam Johnston
SCO
-3
67
T7
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
71
T7
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-4
68
T7
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-5
69
T7
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
66
T7
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-5
69
T14
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-1
66
T14
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-5
70
T14
JC Ritchie
RSA
-5
70
T14
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-5
70
T14
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-4
69
T14
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-5
70
T14
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-2
67
T14
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
Par
65
T14
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
69
T23
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-3
69
T23
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-5
71
T23
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-2
68
T23
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
70
T23
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-4
70
T23
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
67
T23
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
68
T23
Berry Henson
USA
-4
70
T23
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-5
71
T23
Kim Koivu
FIN
Par
66
T33
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
68
T33
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
70
T33
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
70
T33
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
69
T33
Gavin Green
MAS
3
64
T33
Renato Paratore
ITA
-4
71
T33
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
71
T33
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
70
T33
John Catlin
USA
-3
70
T33
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
69
T33
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-5
72
T44
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
72
T44
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
70
T44
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-3
71
T44
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
70
T44
Chris Lloyd
ENG
-2
70
T44
David Howell
ENG
-1
69
T44
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
70
T51
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
70
T51
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-1
70
T51
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-1
70
T51
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
Par
69
T51
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
67
T51
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
69
T51
Stuart Manley
WAL
-2
71
T51
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
1
68
T51
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
70
T51
Justin Walters
RSA
-3
72
T51
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
70
T51
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
-2
71
T51
James Morrison
ENG
-4
73
T51
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-4
73
T51
Bryce Easton
RSA
1
68
T51
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
72
T51
Liam Robinson
ENG
-1
70
T51
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
70
T51
Ben Evans
ENG
-3
72
T51
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-5
74
T51
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
69
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
71
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
4
66
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-1
71
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-1
71
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
1
69
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
70
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
1
69
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-1
71
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
70
CUT
Marcel Schneider
GER
-1
71
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-2
72
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
70
CUT
Jakub Bares
CZE
1
70
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
70
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
72
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
-6
77
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
71
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
72
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-3
74
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
2
69
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
-3
74
CUT
Philipp Mejow
GER
-1
72
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
69
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
73
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
69
CUT
Ales Korinek
CZE
2
70
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
2
70
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
-2
74
CUT
David Law
SCO
Par
72
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-1
73
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
70
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
Par
72
CUT
Michal Pospisil
CZE
-1
73
CUT
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
1
71
CUT
Pavol Mach
SVK
-1
73
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
1
71
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
72
CUT
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
3
70
CUT
David Borda
ESP
1
72
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
72
CUT
Filip Mruzek
CZE
Par
73
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
Par
73
CUT
Jan Cafourek
CZE
Par
73
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
Par
73
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
71
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
71
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
76
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
72
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
1
73
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
70
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
72
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
72
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
2
73
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
1
74
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
-1
76
CUT
Peter Valasek
SVK
2
73
CUT
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
3
72
CUT
Daniel Suchan
CZE
-2
78
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
3
73
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
Par
76
CUT
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
1
75
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
74
CUT
Simon Zach
CZE
2
74
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
4
73
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
Par
77
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
3
74
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
3
74
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
73
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
73
CUT
Filip Raza
CZE
1
77
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
1
77
CUT
Lukas Tintera
CZE
4
74
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
74
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
4
74
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
4
75
CUT
Jiri Zuska
CZE
5
74
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
7
73
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
5
76
CUT
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
9
73
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
4
79
CUT
Stefan Palenik
SVK
5
78
CUT
Petr Hruby
CZE
6
78
RET
Austin Connelly
CAN
-6
78
RET
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
76