Molinari Leads Wells Fargo After Round One

Francesco Molinari posted a 6-under 66 in the opening-round of the Wells Fargo Championship, and leads by one over a foursome of Alex Noren, J.B. Holmes, Grayson Murray, and Brian Campbell who are all at 5-under.

 
Molinari bogeyed the second hole and was 1-over after two holes, but then dropped 5 birdies over the next seven holes to make the turn at 4-under. On the back, the 34-year-old Italian was even-par through the first 5 holes (10-14), but then closed strong with two birdies down the stretch, including a chip-in on 18.

The threesome of Ben Martin, Ken Duke and Seamus Power are tied for 6th, and just two shots back at 4-under par.

Rounding out the top-10 is a group of six players tied for 9th at 3-under, including red-hot Jon Rahm.

Dustin Johnson, playing for the first time since incurring a freak back injury at the Masters, had a solid day, overall, finishing with a 2-under 70. And 5-time major winner, Phil Mickelson, posted a 1-under 71, with 5 birdies, 4 bogeys, and one amazing par on the final hole (see below).


Top 10

1 Francesco Molinari -6
T2 Alex Noren -5
T2 J.B. Holmes -5
T2 Brian Campbell -5
T2 Grayson Murray -5
T6 Ben Martin -4
T6 Ken Duke -4
T6 Seamus Power -4
T9 Shawn Stefani -3
T9 Seung-yul Noh -3
T9 Chris Kirk -3
T9 Jon Rahm -3
T9 Rafa Cabrera Bello -3
T9 Jonathan Randolph -3


Notables

T15 Dustin Johnson -2
T15 Smylie Kaufman -2
T15 Patrick Reed -2
T15 Davis Love III -2
T15 Sam Saunders -2
T31 Zach Johnson -1
T31 Phil Mickelson -1
T31 Adam Scott -1
T31 Graeme McDowell -1
T31 Daniel Berger -1

Hole of the Day

Phil Mickelson with a ho-hum par-5. Three shots into the hazard, 0 shots hit the fairway, 1 putt for par.


Quotable

“Since I hadn’t played in so long, I’m happy with the way I played. I didn’t score that great, didn’t really hole that many putts, but other than that, I played really well. I think I hit 16 greens and I hit the ball great.”
-Dustin Johnson, 2-under, T


Full Leaderboard

POSNAMETOTTO-PAR
1Francesco Molinari66-6
2Alex Noren67-5
2J.B. Holmes67-5
2Brian Campbell67-5
2Grayson Murray67-5
6Ben Martin68-4
6Ken Duke68-4
6Seamus Power68-4
9Shawn Stefani69-3
9Seung-yul Noh69-3
9Chris Kirk69-3
9Jon Rahm69-3
9Rafa Cabrera Bello69-3
9Jonathan Randolph69-3
15Retief Goosen70-2
15Mackenzie Hughes70-2
15Smylie Kaufman70-2
15Brian Gay70-2
15Patrick Reed70-2
15Dustin Johnson70-2
15Davis Love III70-2
15John Peterson70-2
15Sam Saunders70-2
15Mark Wilson70-2
15Morgan Hoffmann70-2
15Greg Owen70-2
15Billy Hurley III70-2
15Paul Casey70-2
15Tag Ridings70-2
15Mark Anderson70-2
31Andres Gonzales71-1
31J.T. Poston71-1
31Nick Taylor71-1
31Zach Johnson71-1
31Adam Scott71-1
31Willy Wilcox71-1
31Martin Laird71-1
31Ryan Armour71-1
31Tom Hoge71-1
31Justin Lower71-1
31Jason Kokrak71-1
31Fabian Gomez71-1
31Daniel Berger71-1
31J.J. Henry71-1
31Vaughn Taylor71-1
31Graeme McDowell71-1
31Nick Watney71-1
31Phil Mickelson71-1
31Chad Collins71-1
31Brian Harman71-1
31Lucas Glover71-1
31Xander Schauffele71-1
53Kyle Reifers72E
53Dominic Bozzelli72E
53Hunter Mahan72E
53David Lingmerth72E
53Alex Cejka72E
53Bill Haas72E
53Pat Perez72E
53Byeong-Hun An72E
53Roberto Castro72E
53Zac Blair72E
53Spencer Levin72E
53Brendon Todd72E
53Curtis Luck72E
53Matt Jones72E
53Chez Reavie72E
53Whee Kim72E
53Tyrone Van Aswegen72E
53Mark Hubbard72E
53Boo Weekley72E
53Emiliano Grillo72E
53Hudson Swafford72E
53James Hahn72E
53Robert Streb72E
53Luke List72E
53Ryan Blaum72E
53Johnson Wagner72E
53Julian Etulain72E
53Kevin Tway72E
81Soren Kjeldsen731
81Ricky Barnes731
81Bob Estes731
81Webb Simpson731
81D.A. Points731
81Scott Brown731
81Scott Stallings731
81Patton Kizzire731
81Brandon Hagy731
81Robby Shelton731
81Stewart Cink731
81Kevin Na731
81Vijay Singh731
81Wesley Bryan731
81Derek Ernst731
81Brendon de Jonge731
81Brett Drewitt731
81Brad Fritsch731
99Stuart Appleby742
99Charlie Beljan742
99Harold Varner III742
99Jim Furyk742
99C.T. Pan742
99Cameron Percy742
99Chris Stroud742
99Chad Campbell742
99Camilo Villegas742
99Cameron Tringale742
99Greg Chalmers742
99Martin Flores742
99Brett Stegmaier742
99Steve Wheatcroft742
99Steven Alker742
99Bobby Wyatt742
99Tyler Aldridge742
116Shane Bertsch753
116Patrick Rodgers753
116Tim Wilkinson753
116Shane Lowry753
116William McGirt753
116Bryce Molder753
116Angel Cabrera753
116Max Homa753
116Rick Lamb753
116Chase Koepka753
116Miguel Angel Carballo753
116Carter Jenkins753
116Andrew Johnston753
116Harris English753
116Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano753
116Kevin Kisner753
116Jason Bohn753
116Will MacKenzie753
134Michael Thompson764
134Ryo Ishikawa764
134Ernie Els764
134Ryan Brehm764
134Bryson DeChambeau764
134Richy Werenski764
134Troy Merritt764
134Derek Fathauer764
134Zack Sucher764
143Chesson Hadley775
143Peter Malnati775
143Geoff Ogilvy775
143Steven Bowditch775
143David Hearn775
143Nicholas Lindheim775
149Rory Sabbatini786
149Kevin Streelman786
149Sebastian Munoz786
152Carl Pettersson797
152Trey Mullinax797
152Savio Nazareth797
155Joel Dahmen808
156Blake Kennedy8210

Credit: PGA Tour, Getty Images


POSNAMETOTTO-PAR
1Francesco Molinari66-6
2Alex Noren67-5
2J.B. Holmes67-5
2Brian Campbell67-5
2Grayson Murray67-5
6Ben Martin68-4
6Ken Duke68-4
6Seamus Power68-4
9Shawn Stefani69-3
9Seung-yul Noh69-3
9Chris Kirk69-3
9Jon Rahm69-3
9Rafa Cabrera Bello69-3
9Jonathan Randolph69-3
15Retief Goosen70-2
15Mackenzie Hughes70-2
15Smylie Kaufman70-2
15Brian Gay70-2
15Patrick Reed70-2
15Dustin Johnson70-2
15Davis Love III70-2
15John Peterson70-2
15Sam Saunders70-2
15Mark Wilson70-2
15Morgan Hoffmann70-2
15Greg Owen70-2
15Billy Hurley III70-2
15Paul Casey70-2
15Tag Ridings70-2
15Mark Anderson70-2
31Andres Gonzales71-1
31J.T. Poston71-1
31Nick Taylor71-1
31Zach Johnson71-1
31Adam Scott71-1
31Willy Wilcox71-1
31Martin Laird71-1
31Ryan Armour71-1
31Tom Hoge71-1
31Justin Lower71-1
31Jason Kokrak71-1
31Fabian Gomez71-1
31Daniel Berger71-1
31J.J. Henry71-1
31Vaughn Taylor71-1
31Graeme McDowell71-1
31Nick Watney71-1
31Phil Mickelson71-1
31Chad Collins71-1
31Brian Harman71-1
31Lucas Glover71-1
31Xander Schauffele71-1
53Kyle Reifers72E
53Dominic Bozzelli72E
53Hunter Mahan72E
53David Lingmerth72E
53Alex Cejka72E
53Bill Haas72E
53Pat Perez72E
53Byeong-Hun An72E
53Roberto Castro72E
53Zac Blair72E
53Spencer Levin72E
53Brendon Todd72E
53Curtis Luck72E
53Matt Jones72E
53Chez Reavie72E
53Whee Kim72E
53Tyrone Van Aswegen72E
53Mark Hubbard72E
53Boo Weekley72E
53Emiliano Grillo72E
53Hudson Swafford72E
53James Hahn72E
53Robert Streb72E
53Luke List72E
53Ryan Blaum72E
53Johnson Wagner72E
53Julian Etulain72E
53Kevin Tway72E
81Soren Kjeldsen731
81Ricky Barnes731
81Bob Estes731
81Webb Simpson731
81D.A. Points731
81Scott Brown731
81Scott Stallings731
81Patton Kizzire731
81Brandon Hagy731
81Robby Shelton731
81Stewart Cink731
81Kevin Na731
81Vijay Singh731
81Wesley Bryan731
81Derek Ernst731
81Brendon de Jonge731
81Brett Drewitt731
81Brad Fritsch731
99Stuart Appleby742
99Charlie Beljan742
99Harold Varner III742
99Jim Furyk742
99C.T. Pan742
99Cameron Percy742
99Chris Stroud742
99Chad Campbell742
99Camilo Villegas742
99Cameron Tringale742
99Greg Chalmers742
99Martin Flores742
99Brett Stegmaier742
99Steve Wheatcroft742
99Steven Alker742
99Bobby Wyatt742
99Tyler Aldridge742
116Shane Bertsch753
116Patrick Rodgers753
116Tim Wilkinson753
116Shane Lowry753
116William McGirt753
116Bryce Molder753
116Angel Cabrera753
116Max Homa753
116Rick Lamb753
116Chase Koepka753
116Miguel Angel Carballo753
116Carter Jenkins753
116Andrew Johnston753
116Harris English753
116Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano753
116Kevin Kisner753
116Jason Bohn753
116Will MacKenzie753
134Michael Thompson764
134Ryo Ishikawa764
134Ernie Els764
134Ryan Brehm764
134Bryson DeChambeau764
134Richy Werenski764
134Troy Merritt764
134Derek Fathauer764
134Zack Sucher764
143Chesson Hadley775
143Peter Malnati775
143Geoff Ogilvy775
143Steven Bowditch775
143David Hearn775
143Nicholas Lindheim775
149Rory Sabbatini786
149Kevin Streelman786
149Sebastian Munoz786
152Carl Pettersson797
152Trey Mullinax797
152Savio Nazareth797
155Joel Dahmen808
156Blake Kennedy8210

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