Francesco Molinari made a winning start to his WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play campaign with a 3 and 1 victory over Patton Kizzire at Austin Country Club.
The Italian already has one World Golf Championships title to his name at the 2010 HSBC Champions and he put in a consistent performance to take a first step towards a second.
He shares top spot in Group 2 with Justin Thomas, who beat Luke List two up in a dramatic encounter.
The players in Group 15 could not be separated on day one, with Pat Perez and Webb Simpson both producing excellent fightbacks to halve their matches against Si Woo Kim and Gary Woodland.
Molinari moved one up early as he holed a 17-…
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