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Italian Open 2016: Thursday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2016

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Rikard Karlberg of Sweden tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano on September 15, 2016 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Rikard Karlberg topped the leaderboard at the 2016 Italian Open after a heavily disrupted first round on Thursday, finishing at seven under par. 

Francesco Molinari trailed the Swede by one shot, but the likes of Danny Willett, Martin Kaymer and Matthew Fitzpatrick barely got their rounds under way while a number of players did not tee off at all due to rain, thunder and lightning that ensured little play commenced in the morning.

Here is the leaderboard thus far:

2016 Italian Open: Thursday Leaderboard
PositionPlayerDay 1To Par
1Rikard Karlberg64-7
2Francesco Molinari65-6
T3Robert Karlsson66-5
T3Adrian Otaegui66-5
T5David Horsey67-4
T5Jason Scrivener67-4
T5Federico Zucchetti67-4
T5Alejandro Canizares67-4
T5Romain Wattel67-4
T5Jamie McLeary67-4
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Recap

Play was suspended early on due to the weather, eventually resuming around 9 a.m. CET (8 a.m. BST) with pairings initially delayed by an hour and a half.

The European Tour shared a snapshot of the conditions as players resumed action:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

And we're off again. Weather outlook: https://t.co/bQB6hjGVDz https://t.co/Ffg84whjgk

However, it would not last long—play was suspended again just an hour later with the weather worse than before:

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The 18th green right now... 🌧☔️ Next announcement at 12:30 local time. #ItalianOpen https://t.co/jNk6gUbpKe

Play eventually commenced again in the afternoon, and Karlberg set about producing a strong clubhouse lead.

Birdies at the 11th, 14th and 15th capped a solid front nine for the 29-year-old, and he made further gains in an excellent start to his back nine, picking up three more shots over the first four holes.

A bogey on his penultimate hole looked to have taken a little shine off an outstanding round, but Karlberg responded in style with an eagle on the 564-yard, par-five ninth hole:

Meanwhile, Molinari produced a strong showing of his own and earned three birdies on his front nine:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Out in just 32 shots. Home favourite @F_Molinari is looking good: https://t.co/bQB6hjGVDz https://t.co/bbPpDBs3CQ

The Italian kicked off his return nine with three more consecutive birdies to cap an excellent round.

He and Karlberg have put themselves in a healthy position, but a number of those who will be hoping to contest the competition on the final day are yet to make a significant start—the top of the leaderboard could change before Round 2 is played.

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