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Paul Lawrie achieved his first European Tour win since 2002 – the first leg of what he hoped would be a notable double for Scottish golf. The 42 year old former Open Champion took the Open de Andalucía de Golf in Málaga by one from Swede Johan Edfors just as compatriot Martin Laird prepared to tee off again with a two stroke lead in America. With six runners-up finishes since his last victory Lawrie must have feared it was going to be another near miss when, from one ahead overnight, he bogeyed the first two holes and
But, in a repeat of what happened at last year’s Open de España, Foster could not hold onto a three shot lead. Lawrie, despite dropping another stroke at the fifth, turned things round by starting the back nine with four birdies in five holes. And the six-time European Tour winner his fifth title came 232 events ago – could even afford a closing bogey to win with a level par 70 and 12 under total of 268.
An astonishing European Tour record-equalling round of 60 has put England’s Kenneth Ferrie just one behind Scotland’s Paul Lawrie with a day to go at the Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines in Málaga.
After making the halfway cut with nothing to spare the 32 year old was only a few inches away from achieving the magical 59 achieved five times on the US PGA Tour, but never on The European Tour.
After an eagle and seven birdies in the first 17 holes of the par-70 Parador course, Ferrie needed to hole his six iron approach to the 449 yard last and from the right-hand rough it trickled past the edge of the cup.
When he tapped in for another birdie he had charged from joint 45th overnight into a three shot lead with a ten under par round, but 1999 Open Champion Lawrie then shot a bogey-free 65 to take over at the top on 12 under.
That owed a lot, however, to a man in the crowd. Lawrie, without a win since 2002, was heading for big trouble at the short 13th when his pulled tee shot struck a spectator on the back and rebounded onto the green.
Ferrie, who is tied for second with compatriot Mark Foster, wore a Superman belt when he led the 2006 US Open Championship after three rounds, but this is the nearest he has ever come to playing like him.
He becomes only the 14th player to shoot 60 on The European Tour without the help of preferred lies since Italian Baldovino Dassu was the first to do it 40 years ago.
Not one of the halfway leaders managed the par. Dutchman Maarten Lafeber slipped to seven under with a 71 and both Dane Jeppe Huldahl and Swede Rikard Karlberg are one further back.
Leading Spaniard is JoséManuel Lara on eight-under after a fine five-under 65.
More than 20 players are separated by only four strokes at the halfway stage of the Open de Andalucía in Málaga – but the event has already lost many of its big names.
Swede Rikard Karlberg, (above) who does not even have a European Tour card, shares top spot on eight under par with Dane Jeppe Huldahl and Dutchman Maarten Lafeber.
However, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal, Darren Clarke and tournament promoter Miguel Ángel Jiménez all failed to survive the cut, along with Australian Richard Green, who had to win to have a chance of qualifying for The Masters in two weeks.
Karlberg, who is playing on an invite, followed up his opening 65 with a 67 and would have led on his own but for three-putting the 16th late in the day.
Former Wales Open champion Huldahl had set the mark with a second successive 66 while Lafeber, whose only Tour win came in the 2003 Dutch Open, shot 65.
Round of the day was from Alejandro Canizares (64) to finish on six under, while Álvaro Quirós had a 65 to be on four under. Olazábal, the Scot’s successor as Ryder Cup captain, and Clarke bowed out on one over and Jiménez on five over.
Robert Rock is closing in on 200 European Tour events without a win, but maybe a change of caddie is about to bring a change of luck. In his first round with Andy Forsyth on the bag, Rock started the Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines with a five under par 65 in Málaga and shares the lead with fellow Englishman Jamie Elson and Swedes Johan Edfors (above), Oscar Floren and Rikard Karlberg.
The 33 year old said: “I’ve been playing good but not getting on any run of birdies or building any momentum.” That was the way it seemed to be again when he stood level par with eight holes to play, but then came five birdies for a front nine of 29. Rock has had three runners-up finishes in his career and even walked away with the winning cheque at the 2009 3 Irish Open because it was amateur Shane Lowry who beat him in a play-off.
Elson was on the same winning Walker Cup team as Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald, but ten years on does not have a full European Tour card and needed a top-ten finish in
Edfors is still waiting to add to his three wins during the 2006 season, but four birdies in the last seven holes brought him into the picture. And afterwards the former Scottish Open champion admitted it was a late decision to play. “Last year I didn’t play well here and was planning to take this week off. Then I decided to come, and it was a good decision. The course is in great shape, and the weather is lovely.”
Karlberg, meanwhile, is playing on an invitation despite having earned over 240,000 for third place in the Barclays Singapore Open last November. The 24 year old’s effort did not count towards The Race to
“Last year I finished third in
“Miguel Ángel heard about it and said it was a shame, so he invited me to play at his tournament in Málaga. My target this week is a top ten finish which will allow me to play next week in
Former Open Championship Paul Lawrie is in the group one behind, while Ryder Cup Captains past and present, Colin Montgomerie and José María Olazábal, had level par rounds of 70.
Álvaro Quirós sensational hole in one en route to victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has deservedly earned the Spaniard the European Tour Shot of the Month Award for February.
Quirós ace, which he described as the perfect shot, was undoubtedly the highlight of an eventful final day at the Emirates Golf Club which culminated in the big-hitting 28 year old keeping the title in Spanish hands, following Miguel Angel Jiménezs victory last year.
Having relinquished the lead with a triple bogey seven at the eighth hole, Quirós promptly regained the initiative with a three quarter wedge at the 161-yard 11th for an eagle which ultimately helped him seal victory by a single stroke.
He said: The most memorable moment of the week, without doubt, was the hole in one. Its always special to make a hole in one, but to do it in a final round when youre in contention was even more special. It was the perfect shot.
British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen says he will miss the chance to defend his Andalucía Open title later this week because of a viral infection. The 28-year-old South African says “it’s very disappointing, but I can’t risk making the problems worse.”
Oosthuizen recorded his first European Tour win last year on the
A glowing tribute to Málagas Miguel Ángel Jiménez has been penned by Golfweeks Jim McCabe. It is reprinted on the European Tours web site. Check it out: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/news/newsid=134628.html#vintage+jimenez+lose