PGA leader Francesco Molinari and defending champion Rory McIlroy talk golf

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 01:54 GMT, May 22, 2015 |

Italy’s Francesco Molinari took the clubhouse lead by two shots with a blemish-free 7-under 65 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday (Thursday) and said afterwards he needs to keep it up.

World number one Rory McIlroy hit one-under-par 71 and said he was fine physically, but not mentally.

Molinari commented: “You know, around here it’s a great place, it’s obviously a flagship event, so it’s, you know a great start, but unfortunately nothing more than that, you don’t get the trophy on the first day, so I need to, you know, keep my head down and do the same tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday and see if that is going to be enough.”

McIlroy said: “I didn’t really feel that any aspect of my game was off today, but at the same time I didn’t do anything that good either, so you know, there’s definitely room for improvement over the next few days.

“Physically I feel fine. I got back to my room last night at 4.30 in the afternoon and I didn’t leave it until 6.30 this morning so I mean there’s 14 hours of sort of rest, so that was good. But mentally I’m just, I’m a little, I could feel myself getting a bit down on myself out there and that’s something I haven’t been doing over the past three weeks, so just need to be aware of that and be conscious that, you know, I just need to try to keep everything, you know, on an even keel out there.”