Francesco Molinari took advantage of calm conditions to shoot a flawless 10-under 62 at the Scottish Open on Thursday, taking a three-stroke lead midway through a low-scoring first round of the British Open warm-up event.
The Italian Ryder Cup player rolled in 10 birdies on a still, dry morning at the Castle Stuart links course to match the previous best round in the tournament's 40-year history, set by Paul Curry in 1992 when he shot a 60 at the par-70 Gleneagles.
Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark was also bogey free to lead the chasing pack on 7 under, with top-ranked Luke Donald two shots further back in the defense of his title despite a sloppy finish to his round of 67.
Molinari continued his form from last week's French Open, where he made nine birdies in his final 17 holes to close with a 64 and finish second behind Marcel Siem. All of his birdies on Thursday came on the first 15 holes - starting on the back nine - meaning he has posted 19 birdies in the last 32 holes he has playe...