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April 7 2012

9:18 PM

Francesco Molinari eyeing top 10

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Is the third time the charm for Francesco Molinari? The younger of Italy's two world-ranked brothers isn't thinking about that. He would be happy just to finish in the top 10 this week. "It all depends on that the other guys do,'' said Molinari, who shot 70 and is at 2-under 214. "The most realistic goal for me is to finish in the top 10. The course is getting firmer and tougher and the wind is changing. It's getting tougher out there." Molinari, whose best finish was a T-30 in his Masters debut in 2010, birdied 12, 13 and 14 to get to 4-under before giving two shots back with bogeys at 17 and 18. He hit it to 1 foot at the 12th, two-putted from the middle of the green at the 13th and, at 14, he dropped one in after pulling the approach. "My knowledge of the golf course is getting much better,'' he said. "At the same time, last year I got too excited about it and I didn't focus.'' He missed the cut last year after rounds of 75-71. This year both he and his brother made the cut, but Edoardo is at plus-nine, 11 shots behind his little brother. Fast forward to tomorrow? "I made two bogeys at the end of the day today,'' Francecso said. "I won't do that tomorrow."  
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