Orsmby flies into orbit with stunning 61 in Netherlands

Fri 11 Sep 2015

Orsmby flies into orbit with stunning 61 in Netherlands

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September 11: Asian Tour member Wade Ormsby fired a brilliant nine-under-par 61, which included six birdies over his closing seven holes, to share the first round lead with former Open champion Paul Lawrie at the KLM Open on Thursday.
Ormsby, who won the Panasonic Open India two years ago for his maiden Asian Tour victory to date, finished strongly late in the day at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club to tied Lawrie for the lead in the European Tour event.
[pullquote align="right"]I had a hot putter there at the end, which made things a bit easier. - Wade Orsmby[/pullquote]Lawrie, who triumphed at Carnoustie in 1999, showed his affinity for links golf with an eagle and seven birdies on the Dutch coast. He had another eagle chance on the seventh hole – his 16th – but settled for birdie and parred the last two to set a new course record which was matched later by Ormsby.
The pair lead by one shot from England’s Richard Bland, while five players including home favourite Joost Luiten and last week’s runner-up in Russia, Estanislao Goya, are tied on seven under par.
American golf legend Tom Watson, playing in the Netherlands for the first time, opened with a one under par 69, while Martin Kaymer, the highest ranked player in the field, signed for a 67.
Ormsby said: “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. That’s the lowest score I’ve had in any round, let alone tournament golf. I’ve worked pretty hard the last few weeks. I’ve had five weeks off back in Australia and it’s nice to get back and on the front foot.”
Compatriot Scott Hend opened with a 65 to lie four back while reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion David Lipsky carded a 66.
In the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first leg of the Web.Com finals in the U.S., India's Anirban Lahiri fired a 69 to lie in tied 16th place, three shots off the lead. Earlier this week, Lahiri confirmed his place in the International team for the Presidents Cup in Korea next month.