Italian Open: Nicolas Colsaerts shares lead in Turin; Retief Goosen opens with 70

Last Updated: 20/09/13 11:02am

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Nicolas Colsaerts: Recovered from an opening-hole bogey to fire a 65 in his first round

Nicolas Colsaerts: Recovered from an opening-hole bogey to fire a 65 in his first round

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Nicolas Colsaerts showed he was back to full health at the Italian Open, an opening round of 65 giving him a share of the lead in Turin.

The Belgian was forced to pull out after just 18 holes at last week's KLM Open due to flu, ruining his return to action after a month off.

"I was sitting at home on the sofa watching the golf in Holland and was quite happy to be there getting looked after."
Nicolas Colsaerts

However, after a few days of being looked after by his mother, Colsaerts looked in rude health in Turin on Thursday, recovering from a bogey at the 10th, his opening hole, to reel off six birdies in succession.

Another followed at the 18th to mean the world number 54 reached the turn in 30 shots. He cooled off coming home, though a four at the par-five ninth saw him sit alongside Ricardo Gonzalez and Maximilian Kieffer at the summit.

"Nothing beats a couple of days at home with your mum looking after you!" Colsaerts admitted after his seven-under par score.

"I was sitting at home on the sofa watching the golf in Holland and was quite happy to be there getting looked after."

Ball rolling

As for his round, he added: "I got on that roll early and got pretty low under par and I honestly thought I could probably have got to eight or nine under considering I was flying.

First round leaderboard

(GB & Ire unless stated)

-7 N Colsaerts (Bel)
-7 R Gonzalez (Arg)
-7 M Kieffer (Ger)
-6 M Fraser (Aus)
-5 D Higgins
-5 S Webster

Click here for collated scores

"But I got a bit sloppy on the other side and was just too far away from flags to go 10 under or something."

Argentinian Gonzalez also recorded just one bogey in his 65, adding six birdies and an eagle on the par-five 12th as he rediscovered the form which took him into a play-off for the Johnnie Walker Championship.

He has struggled for form since missing out at Gleneagles last month, a disqualification at the Wales Open for signing an incorrect score being followed by missed cuts in Swizterland and Holland.

European Tour rookie Kieffer, who lost out to Raphael Jacquelin in a record-equalling nine-hole play-off in the Spanish Open back in April, had four birdies on his front and back nine, his only blemish coming at the 11th.

Australia's Marcus Fraser sits alone in second place on six under, with Irishman David Higgins and Steve Webster of England a further shot back

Turin native Francesco Molinari is among a group of players on four under while two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen recorded a two-under-par 70 on his competitive return after four months out with a back injury.

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