Molinaris & Manassero: Italian Golfers Shine in Dubai


Three Italians are playing in Dubai this week and all three are off to a smashing start today in round one of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Elder Molinari, Edoardo shot a four-under-par 68 that gave him part of a six-way tie for the lead and just one back is another Italian... but this time it's not little bro Francesco.

Sharing a five-way T7 with Alvaro Quiros among others, is 16-year-old amateur Matteo Manassero. You may remember young Mr. Manassero from his victory in the 2009 British Amateur. That win secured the teen a ticket to Augusta National and he'll be the youngest player ever to play in The Masters this year.

And as for the Jr. Molinari, Francesco, he's not languishing either. His first-round finish at -1 puts him in the top twenty too, tied with 12 other players, including such onerous adversaries as Martin Kaymer.

It's just the first round, but in an formidable field of international stars the Italians are definitely shining brightly.

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