Lawrie Sets Course Record With 64
SICILY, ITALY | Ireland’s Peter Lawrie
compiled a superb 8-under-par round of 64
to establish a one-shot lead on the opening
day of the Sicilian Open.
The 38-year-old, whose only European
Tour victory to date came in Spain four
years ago, came into the event having made
only two cuts in six starts this season.
But Lawrie turned the form book on its
head with nine birdies and a single bogey
to establish a new course record at the
stunning Verdura Golf Resort & Spa near
Asked what caused his sudden upturn
in form, Lawrie, who finished T19, said: “I
don’t know really, probably just determination on my part.
“I’ve got off to a bit of a slow start this
season, but perhaps this will give me the
kick up the backside I need. It helped that
I holed a few putts today, that was the big-
England’s Chris Wood equalled Lawrie’s
64 en route to a runner-up finish Sunday.
back in August 2010.
But Lafeber’s second-straight round of
68 was enough for a share of a six-way tie
for the halfway lead on 8-under par. “
Yesterday, I probably played my best round for
a couple of years, and today again I was
very solid,” said Lafeber, who skied to a 77
Saturday and ended T27.
Maarten Lafeber was delighted to
return to form as the Dutchman claimed a
share of the halfway lead.
The 37-year-old, a former winner of the
KLM Open, had to return to the Qualifying
School last season after finishing 149th in
The Race to Dubai.
And although Lafeber successfully re-
gained his card, his last top- 10 finish came
No fewer than 25 players ended the day
within two shots of the lead, amongst them
American major winners John Daly and
APRIL 2, 2012
SICILY, ITALY | Thorbjørn Olesen, of Denmark, held on
for his first European Tour victory at the Sicilian Open
despite a gallant challenge from Chris Wood, who
equalled the Verdura Golf Resort & Spa course record.
Olesen, 22, started the final round with a three-shot lead after a brilliant 67 in blustery conditions
on Saturday. But while the third round had proved
extremely testing, Sunday’s final round was played
in glorious sunshine and perfect scoring conditions.
England’s Wood took full advantage, charging
out of the pack to catch Olesen on four separate oc-
casions, ending the day with an 8-under 64. Olesen
held firm, making pars at the difficult 17th and 18th
holes for a round of 69 and a 15-under-par total.
“It feels amazing,” Oleson said. “I had three seconds last year, so to finally get my first win is great.
I’ve been playing some great golf this year, without
all parts of my game coming together. But this
week my long and short game both came together,
and it feels fantastic to finally get over the line.
“I saw he (Wood) was doing well when I arrived
at the ninth, so I knew I had to go for it and make
birdies, so it kind of made up my mind for me that I
had to play attacking golf.
“I was definitely a bit nervous. I was just trying to
focus on one shot at a time, but that’s very difficult
to do because your mind keeps thinking of other
things. But I’m really happy to finish with a par on 18,
because it’s a really tough golf hole. So when I found
the green with my second shot, I was very happy.”
Wood, who now has six top-three finishes on
the European Tour without a win, finished a shot
further back in second, with Nicolas Colsaerts and
Søren Kjeldsen tied for third on 12 under.
Wood was rightly delighted with his performance, after he matched Peter Lawrie’s course
record from the opening round.
“It’s been coming for a while,” he said. “I’ve been
playing really well lately and not getting the scores.
“It’s nice to play well and give myself a chance.
I put it in the worst possible position off the tee on
17, but didn’t play a bad shot into the green – just
didn’t get any spin. The 18th was a tough hole, so
I was pleased with a par to close. Unfortunately, it
wasn’t enough in the end, but I gave it my best shot
and that’s all you can do.”