With an eagle, seven birdies and 10 pars, Paul Lawrie fired a career-low 9-under-par 28-33=61 to share the lead after day one of the KLM Open.
With the short par 70 at Kennemer there for the taking, Lawrie took full advantage and needed birdies at his final two holes to record a 59. However, with lift, clean and place in operation, it wouldn't have counted as the European Tour's first official sub-60 round. In any case, he parred both which, at that stage, gave him a two-shot lead. Surprisingly, he was caught late in the day by afternoon starter Wade Ormsby, the pair ending the day a shot in front of Richard Bland. Starting at 10, Lawrie's round took flight with an eagle-3 at 12 and he circled birdies at 14, 16, 17 and 18 to turn in just 28. He added three more on his second nine. Lawrie split just 7 (of 13) fairways but hit 15 greens in regulation and was 3-for-3 in scrambling. He'd shot his lowest round for two years when opening with a 65 in Denmark on his last start so here he knocked another four shots off it. "Sixty-one, it sounds good, doesn’t it? I played very nicely and putted very well again," said Lawrie.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 08:23:00 AM