Euro Tour. Italian Open, Molinari Makes Italy Smile. September 20 2013

Francesco Molinari makes Italy smile as he tops the leaderboard in the European Tour, Italian Open in Torino. Francesco Molinari   (Getty Images) Francesco Molinari / Getty Images Francesco shot a second round -5 under par 67, to share top of the leaderboard in the 70° OPEN D'ITALIA LINDT at the Golf Club Torino, in Turin, Italy. Joining him on his tournament score of -9 under par, are Simon Thornton and Felipe Aguilar, Simon also had a second round of -5 under par, and Felipe was -6 under par, 66 for his round. Italian favorite Francesco is a Turin native, a hero whose halved match with Tiger Woods ensured Team Europe won the Ryder Cup outright in the 'Miracle at Medinah." Francesco is bidding to win his second National Title, he previously won the Italian Open in 2006;  "It adds a little bit of pressure but it's good, it gives you an extra motivation to do well and get focused for 18 holes. I said at the beginning of the week I didn't want to think of anything but try to enjoy the week, try to make some birdies and I'll try to do the same Saturday and Sunday. It doesn't really matter that I won before, this is a special, special week for me. I was emotional yesterday on the tenth tee at 8 am with only 50 people watching so now with all these people on my course it's a great feeling. It has been brilliant so far so let's hope it continues to stay that way over the weekend. You have to embrace it, have fun, I smile on the course when I see people I know and I know they are rooting for me so I just try to enjoy it." Felipe has recorded seven top-ten finishes this season, and says that he likes this course; “It was a fun day, I played well and got round a very difficult golf course. I love this golf course because it suits my game which is about accuracy more than distance. My driving stats are pretty good and you have to play the ball from the fairways around here because you are not going to have many birdie chances if you are playing out of the rough all the time. I love coming to Italy because they have a very similar culture to what we have back home. I feel very comfortable out here, we have similar courses, good food, good wine and weather so there are a lot of things that make me feel comfortable.”  Simon claimed his first Tour win this year and thinks his good thoughts from that win will help him here; " My game is still the same and the plan is still the same, the main thing that you take from winning out here is the fact you know you can get over the line because you have done it already. I still have to hit the shots and get into contention on Sunday,  we have a long day ahead tomorrow but if I can stick to the plan and keep committing then I should be there or thereabouts come Sunday.” Tied in fourth place at -8 under par are Nicolas Colsaerts, one of yesterdays first round leaders, David Higgins and Steve Webster. Nicolas bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes to finish with a -1 under par 71. He said how difficult it is to follow a really good round with another one; "It's always tough to follow a day of prime striking, I missed only one green yesterday and everything was going my way pretty much. Then I started with a bogey today with a seven iron in my hand so that doesn't really get you in the greatest of moods." The other two first round leaders Maximillian Kieffer and Ricardo Gonzales did not fare so well in the second round, Maximillian with an even par 72, to stay at -7 under par, and Ricardo slipped back to -6 under par following his +1 over par round.