FIANO, Italy -- Joel Sjoholm of Sweden shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to take a one stroke lead after the first round of the Italian Open.
He picked up three shots in his last four holes.
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"I hit it basically everywhere," Sjoholm said. "I was in the woods a lot and made some funny birdies today. It was a big, fighting 64 rather than a solid 64. But it's great fun to be 8 under."
Lee Slattery of England was at 65 and seven players were two shots back: Englishmen Richard McEvoy, Richard Bland and David Howell, South Africans Garth Mulroy and Keith Horne,
Italy's Francesco Molinari, the 2006 winner, led a Ryder Cup-bound trio at 4 under. Martin Kaymer is at 2 under and captain's pick Nicolas Colsaerts is another stroke back. Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal shot a 70.
The 27-year-old Sjoholm's best result came in Italy, finishing third in last year's Sicilian Open. He missed the cuts by a single stroke in Switzerland and the Netherlands in the past two weeks.