Molinari in contention after pleasing second round score

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Francesco Molinari reflected positively on his BMW PGA Championship second round score of 68, which left him tied for the lead on six-under-par, at a rain-sodden and windswept Wentworth on Friday.

The 30-year-old bogeyed the 1st, 10th and 16th hole, but added seven birdies to put himself in contention for the title as the clubhouse leader, finishing on four-under-par for the day, as conditions continue to worsen in Surrey.

"I'm really happy with yesterday and today's score," explained Molinari."Conditions were tough, but I'm hitting the ball well off the tee, and I'm really happy with where I am at the moment."

He added: "Six-under-par is a good score given the conditions. It's a really tough course, so anyone six or seven shots behind is still in with a chance [of winning]."

The wind and the rain has claimed a number of casualties over the first two days of play, with defending champion Luke Donald perhaps the most high-profile name set to miss the cut.

The world number six was unable to make up any ground after his disastrous opening round yesterday, carding a level-par 72 on day two, which leaves him way down the field on six-over-par.

Donald's disappointing performance also quashes any chance of him equalling Colin Montgomerie's record of three consecutive victories on the European Tour's flagship event.

His elimination gives Molinari a stronger chance of adding to his record of three European Tour victories, as the Italian looks to kick-on and continue improving on his modest early season form.

"The start of the season was not as good as I had hoped," he added. "But, since The Players Championship I have played much better.

"I obviously missed the cut then, but last week [at the World Match Play event in Bulgaria] was better.

"This week is coming along nicely, and I'm pleased with my progress over the past three weeks."




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