Australia’s Lawson fires 63 for Euram Bank Open lead

It was one hell of a fight just to get back to Europe for last week’s Austrian Open but the Gold Coast’s Deyen Lawson will be glad he made the trip.

The 29-year-old, who has limited starts on the European Tour thanks to making the cut at the gruelling European Tour Q-School last year, set the early clubhouse lead at the Euram Bank Open after firing off nine birdies in his opening round including five in a row from the 12th hole at Golf Club Adamstal.

Deyen Lawson Deyen Lawson (Credit: European Tour)

Lawson, who is the lone Aussie again in the field this week, finished the day sharing the lead alongside the Czech Republic’s Stanislav Matus following rounds of 7-under 63.

“I was hitting it steady but made a couple of little errors late on the front nine,” said Lawson.

“I stayed positive and shot-by-shot. I didn’t realise I’d made that many birdies in a row, after the ninth I had six more in seven holes. I just tried to hit each shot as good as I can, not worrying about what it was for – for bogey or birdie.”

“The views are great here, so you just have to look around when you’re a bit frustrated and take your mind off golf. All in all it’s a good start and a good position after round one.”

The pair sit one shot ahead of a trio including Sweden’s Philip Eriksson, Oliver Lindell of Finland and Englishman Jordan Wrisdale on 6-under par.