MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Edoardo Molinari birdied his first six holes Friday and pulled into a four-way tie for the lead at the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event in Bahrain.
Paul Casey (67 Friday), Darren Clarke (65), Stephen Gallacher (64) and James Kingston (67), are knotted in fifth place one stroke behind the leaders. First-round leader Johan Edfors (71) and Francesco Molinari (69), Edoardo's brother, are tied for ninth at 9-under 135.
Edoardo Molinari opened play on the back nine of the Rolf Golf Club with six birdies. He then had 11 consecutive pars before a finishingt birdie at No. 9.
"It's good fun," he said. "It was quite windy at first and so it was a great start obviously.
"It was a little bit frustrating in the middle. I had a lot of chances and was not putting very well, but it was good to end with a birdie."
Jacquelin, also playing the back nine first, had four birdies in his first six holes and finished with eight birdies and a bogey. Jimenez had eight birdies and a bogey at the par-5 14th hole and Henson's round featured a ninth-hole eagle, birdies on Nos. 11-14 and 3 and two bogeys.