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Francesco Molinari shares lead at Italian Open

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Francesco Molinari shares lead at Italian Open
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Francesco Molinari of Italy drives off the third tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Francesco Molinari shot a 5-under 67 Friday to share the lead after the second round of the Italian Open.

Molinari tied Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Simon Thornton of Ireland at 9-under 135 at the Golf Club Torino.

A Turin native, Molinari has been the center of attention at the tournament. He won the event in 2006.

''This is a special, special week for me,'' Molinari said. ''I was emotional yesterday on the 10th tee at 8 a.m. with only 50 people watching, so now with all these people on my course, it's a great feeling.''

Molinari's Ryder Cup teammate Nicolas Colsaerts lost his overnight lead when he bogeyed the 16th and 18th. He's one stroke back.

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