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May 7 2010

7:39 PM

Molinari's mark: Hitting every green

Francesco Molinari did something that no one at THE PLAYERS Championship has ever achieved since hole-by-hole statistics were kept in 1992 -- hit every green in regulation.

In shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday that puts him at 11 under and just a stroke off the lead, Molinari was a perfect 18 for 18.

"I'm really enjoying the golf course," Molinari said. "I think it suits my game, and it's in great condition, as always, here. So I'm just enjoying my week so far."

In Thursday's first round, Molinari hit 14 of 18 greens. Not surprisingly, his 89 percent currently ranks him first in the field this week. The Italian has only missed one green in his two trips through the back nine at TPC Sawgrass -- the 15th hole in round 1.

Molinari's 18-for-18 run Friday is the 11th time this year that a player has hit every green in regulation during a round at a PGA TOUR event (see list below). Coming into THE PLAYERS this week, there had been 7,512 rounds played this year. -- Mike McAllister

HITTING ALL 18 GREENS IN REGULATION IN 2010 (alphabetical order)

Player Event Round
Martin Flores Bob Hope Classic 2
J.P. Hayes AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 3
Zach Johnson SBS Championship 4
Billy Mayfair Bob Hope Classic 3
Francesco Molinari THE PLAYERS Championship 2
Ryan Moore SBS Championship 4
Pat Perez SBS Championship 3
Kevin Stadler Waste Management Phoenix Open 4
Kevin Sutherland Shell Houston Open 1
Roger Tambellini Bob Hope Classic 1
Josh Teater AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2
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