Lawrie and Harrington make steady progress in Malaysia

Padraig Harrington is just four off the lead after day one of the Malaysian Open.

The former Open winner is three under after a 69 while Peter Lawrie is three off the lead on four under.

Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, who has not made a halfway cut all season, looks on course to end that streak in style after an opening 66.

Molinari, who has not won on the European Tour since 2010, carded eights birdies and two bogeys at Kuala Lumpur Golf Club, the second bogey costing him a share of the lead.

Starting from the 10th, former Ryder Cup player Molinari dropped a shot on the 12th but then birdied five of his next six holes to be out in 32.

Three more birdies followed on the fourth, fifth and seventh, but a bogey on the par-three eighth left him one shot behind clubhouse leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.

Denmark’s Anders Hansen and France’s Gregory Bourdy had also carded rounds of 66, while former Ryder Cup team-mate David Howell shot 69.

Pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel was two under after four holes, but world number three Luke Donald could only manage a two-over par 74 which contained three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

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