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Maarten Lafeber

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 11/12/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 165

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World No. 1088 Maarten Lafeber gave his home fans six birdie roars on day one of the KLM Open at The Dutch, the veteran eventually signing for a 3-under-par 36-32=68 to sit T5 on the live leaderboard and just two behind leader Bernd Wiesberger.
The Dutchman is a former top 100 player and won this tournament in 2003. In recent years, he's played just eight European Tour events in the last four seasons and is currently plying his trade on the Challenge Tour where he sits 70th on the Race to Oman. Since T4 in this event in 2005, Lafeber hasn't managed a top 35 despite being a regular starter. He has the foundation to get involved again this time after a strong morning lap. Lafeber ran into trouble early with double bogey-6 at the 12th hole but then picked up momentum with birdies at 13, 17 and 2. The noise levels soared again as he made three straight circles from Nos. 6-8 before ending with a rather anti-climatic bogey-5 at 9. Still, that 68 was seven shots better than defending champion and compatriot Joost Luiten. Sep 14 - 8:42 AM

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As a result of Blayne Barber's disqualication from Q School, Maarten Lafeber has advanced to the second stage.

Barber posted a T4 at the first stage at Callaway Gardens' Mountain View Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Ga. on Oct. 27, and was one of 18 to survive, but he disqualified himself on Nov. 2. He incurred a penalty for coming in contact with a leaf in a backswing in his second round. After pencling in a one-stroke penalty, he learned that it should have been two strokes. He'd go on to finish well inside the cut line after four rounds, so the penalty wouldn't have changed the outcome, but he still signed an incorrect scorecard, which is grounds for a DQ. "I continued to pray about it and think about it and I just did not have any peace about it," he said. "I knew I needed to do the right thing." As a result, six golfers including the European Tour winner were given a second chance. Fellow Dutchman and two-time Euro Tour champ, Robert-Jan Derksen, also benefited.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 04:04:00 PM