Two players share the first round lead at the KLM Open on the Kennemer Golf and Country Club course in Holland. Paul Lawrie and Wade Ormsby both set the pace with magical scores of 61.
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Paul and Wade both shot bogey free opening rounds of -9 under par 61 t the KLM Open in Holland.
Paul was thinking of the 59, but was very happy to settle for a 61;
“The 59 did cross my mind.”
“I had a long putt on the seventh, my 16th, for eagle after a lovely three wood in there, and had that popped in there I would have only had to birdie one of the last two to make it.”
“It was at the back of my mind, but I’m very happy with 61.”
“Sixty-one, it sounds good, doesn’t it? I played very nicely and putted very well again.”
“My previous best was 63 in the third round of the Dunhill Links when I won. I was ten under after 12 holes that day and shot nine under.”
“A nine under round there on that day with the wind picking up in the afternoon, was a good knock. Any time you’re nine under, in fact, is a decent effort.”
“I hit a lot of really good shots and it couldn’t have been much lower than that.”
“I’m usually moaning that I could have been three or four less, but that was pretty much all I could have got.”
Wade was coming back from a long vacation in Australia, and must have been practicing with his putter, it worked like a dream;
“I’ve had five weeks off back in Australia and it’s nice to get back and on the front foot.”
“It was nice to finish like that. I had a hot putter there at the end, which made things a bit easier.”
“I was getting a bit frustrated as I was hitting it really close but not holing anything, but I kept on giving myself good chances on the right side and eventually they started rolling in.”
“The wind only died down on the last three or four holes so it was tough out there. I said to Rich (Green) that we’d got the wrong side of the draw, but I’m not complaining now.”
“That’s the lowest score I’ve had in any round, let alone tournament golf. I’ve worked pretty hard the last few weeks.”
Richard Bland is in third place, he carded a bogey free -8 under par 62, so I guess this is going to be a very low scoring tournament.
Richard was delighted to score 62, knowing he had not left any shots out on the course today;
“It’s nice to come off thinking I haven’t left any shots out there.”
“I hit a lot of good shots out there. It’s always nice to make a good start. It wasn’t easy, we probably had a two club wind most of the day. I gave myself some good chances and I’m really pleased with that.”
“I hit a good tee shot on the sixth just short of the green and pitched it in from 40 yards for an eagle two. Those are always a bonus.”
“It felt like most things went my way, when recently it’s felt the opposite and I haven’t got much out of rounds.”
“It puts me in a good position but there’s a long way to go and I’m going to have to go a lot deeper, knowing the way the course is playing and how many great players are here.”
Englishmen James Morrison, David Horsey and Robert Rock, joined the home favourite Joost Luiten and Argentina’s Estanislao Goya, all tied in fourth place with rounds of -7 under par 63.