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Italy's F. Molinari one back in Italian Open

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BRESCIA, Italy – Lee Slattery of England shot a 9-under 62 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the Italian Open.

Seeking his first victory since the 2015 Russian Open, Slattery produced eight birdies, an eagle and a single bogey to move just ahead of home favorite Francesco Molinari and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.


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Molinari is coming off the biggest win of his career at the BMW PGA Championship – where Slattery missed the cut.

''Coming off the back of 77 and 79 at Wentworth last week I never really expected this,'' Slattery said. ''But it proves once again to all golfers out there that you're never that far away.''

Molinari extended his run of holes without a bogey to 85 before dropping a shot on the sixth.

Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, and former No. 1 Martin Kaymer, were two strokes off the lead at Gardagolf Country Club.