Molinari brothers from Italy together on British Open leaderboard after shooting 4-under 68s

The Molinari brothers were partners in Europe's winning Ryder Cup side in 2010. They teamed up to win the World Cup for Italy at Mission Hills a year earlier.

Now they are together on the British Open leaderboard.

Around 30 minutes after Edoardo Molinari signed for a 4-under 68 in the opening round at Hoylake on Thursday, younger brother Francesco rolled in a 15-feet eagle putt at No. 18 to shoot the same score.

Francesco says "we were here on Sunday practicing together so I think probably we did a good job."

Just to maintain the Italian flavor at Royal Liverpool, Matteo Manassero shot 67 to briefly take the lead.

Francesco says "it's good to see three Italians up there."