By John O'Brien
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Edoardo Molinari capped a fine comeback after a disastrous start by recording the first hole-in-one of his professional career on the way to posting a one-under 70 in the first round of the Singapore Open on Thursday.
The Italian, who has been bothered by a troublesome wrist which required surgery earlier this year, aced the par-three 17th to move under par for the first time in his round after dropping three shots in his opening three holes.
"I hit a six-iron 188 yards and we had a decent view of it. It pitched just short of the hole and all of a sudden the people behind the green started to scream and clap," the 31-year-old told reporters.
"There is a BMW car on the tee there but luckily I read on the notice-board on Tuesday that it was only for display.
"It is my first hole in one in competition as a professional. I had two or three as an amateur, but I cannot remember exactly."
Molinari lamented his bad start to the round but was happy to post a decent score, four behind early leader Thomas Bjorn, despite struggling with his control.
"I had a very bad start with a bogey on the first and a double bogey on the third but three birdies in four holes brought it back to level par. I did not hit the ball very well unfortunately," he added.
"The wrist is still bothering me. I had a good month without any pain or anything then all of a sudden it started bothering me a little bit. Hopefully soon I can be 100 percent."
(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)