• Italian Open

Colsaerts shares Torino lead

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Nicolas Colsaerts is tied for the lead with Ricardo Gonzalez and Maximilian Kieffer © Getty Images
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Nicolas Colsaerts is one of three leaders at the Italian Open after shaking off a bout of flu to card a first-round 65 at Torino Golf Club.

Colsaerts shares the lead on seven under with Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez and German Maximilian Kieffer.

The Belgian returned to action after illness forced him to withdraw after just 18 holes at last week's KLM Open, having only just returned after a month off.

Having been looked after by his mother for a few days, Colsaerts recovered from a bogey at the 10th on his opening hole to shoot six consecutive birdies. Another at the 18th saw him reach 30 at the turn, before finishing with a four at the par-five ninth.

"Nothing beats a couple of days at home with your mum looking after you!" Colsaerts said.

"I was sitting at home on the sofa watching the golf in Holland and was quite happy to be there getting looked after."

As for his round he said: "I got on that roll early and got pretty low under par and I honestly thought I could probably have got to eight or nine under considering I was flying.

"But I got a bit sloppy on the other side and was just too far away from the flags to go 10 under or something."

Marcus Fraser is one shot off the lead while England's Steve Webster is tied for fifth on five under with Ireland's David Higgins.

Turin native Francesco Molinari was one of seven players to shoot 68, along with English duo Richard Finch and Seve Benson.

Retief Goosen shot a two-under 70 on his competitive return after four months out with a back injury.

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