Manassero leads the KLM Open, Azzurri show

Lorenzo Scalise also found cause for optimism, finishing 23rd with 69 (-2), sharing the leaderboard with notable names like Malaysian Gavin Green, who mirrored Korhonen with his own hole in one at the 17th hole.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Manassero leads the KLM Open, Azzurri show
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Matteo Manassero has made a spectacular start at the KLM Open, asserting himself alongside Mikko Korhonen atop the leaderboard after the first round of the DP World Tour event. Both players shot impressive rounds of 64 (-7), buoyed by flawless performances with seven birdies each, including Korhonen's remarkable 'hole in one' at the par 3 4th hole.

They lead Japanese golfer Rikuya Hoshino by a single stroke, who finished third with a score of 65 (-6).

Matteo Manassero, results

Played at The International course (par 71), where Marco Van Basten ceremoniously opened the tournament with a symbolic tee shot, the day witnessed a strong showing from Italian golfers.

Edoardo Molinari, vice-captain for Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome and the upcoming 2025 event in Bethpage, stands fourth with a solid 66 (-5). Molinari's round included six birdies, offset by just one bogey, highlighting his steady play.

Fellow Italians also impressed with Filippo Celli securing the 8th spot with a score of 67 (-4), while Guido Migliozzi, Francesco Laporta, and Andrea Pavan all carded 68 (-3), positioning them jointly at 12th. Migliozzi, despite a costly double bogey on the 3rd hole, recovered with five birdies, including a trio to finish his round strongly.

Lorenzo Scalise also found cause for optimism, finishing 23rd with 69 (-2), sharing the leaderboard with notable names like Malaysian Gavin Green, who mirrored Korhonen with his own hole in one at the 17th hole. However, it was a disappointing outing for Renato Paratore, finishing 151st with a score of 81 (+10), overshadowed by the strong performances of his compatriots.

Matteo Manassero, buoyed by his form and confidence, harbors aspirations not only for a second victory this season on the European Tour following his win at the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa but also for securing one of the two coveted spots at the 152nd edition of The Open.

The prestigious Major is scheduled from July 18-21 in Scotland, with qualifications at stake here in the Netherlands. The KLM Open, boasting a total prize fund of $2,500,000 with $425,000 reserved for the champion, serves as a precursor to the Open d'Italia scheduled from June 27-30 at the Adriatic Golf Club in Cervia, Emilia-Romagna. The stage is set for an exciting continuation of competitive golf in both European and global circuits.

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