Kingston basks in Italian 68

James Kingston was as pleased with the Italian weather as he was with an opening 68 at the Open D’Italia on Thursday.


“Today we got some of the best weather we could have wished for, and it was just the perfect day to enjoy playing golf,” he said.


The two-time European Tour winner soaked up the atmosphere at Golf Club Torino as he worked his way to a share of fifth on four-under-par.


“I got off a fast start with an eagle on the first and then played steady golf throughout the day. I felt there were a couple extra out there, but overall I’m very pleased with four-under,” he said.


Kingston holds 108th in the Race to Dubai, but lost his full playing privileges for the 2013 season. His share of sixth at the BMW International Open boosted his campaign for Europe 2014, and one or tw more cheques should seal the deal.


“I’ve been playing nicely for most of this year. With not having a full status and not teeing it up every week, I’m pretty happy with the way the season has gone. I should be alright for next year, and now I’m hoping to finish the season off in a nice way,” he said.


Thomas Aiken also had a decent start in Italy, carding 69 to share 17th at the close of round one. Fresh off a tied-16th at the KLM Open last week, Aiken looks set to impress once again.


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