Ormsby fires record Aussie low round on Euro Tour
Adelaide-born Wade Ormsby created European Tour history despite the agony of going within two shots of becoming the first golfer to shoot a round of 59 on the European Tour.
Ormsby and also Scotland’s Paul Lawrie posted similar nine under par 61s in ideal conditions on day one of the KLM Open at Zandvoort.
Wade Ormsby holds the winner’s trophy at the 2013 Panasonic Open in India (Credit: Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour)
While there has been 18 rounds of 60 recorded on the European Tour, Ormsby’s 61 is the lowest by an Australian.
The 35-year old Ormsby, who has just spent the past five weeks back home in Australia, got off to a strong start, carding back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth before making another gain at the sixth.
He then safely parred the next five holes before making gains at six of the last seven to match Lawrie’s earlier back nine of 28.
Naturally, Ormsby was thrilled with his strong end to the day and on a Kennemer course laid out next door to the former Dutch F1 Grand Prix circuit and now used for domestic racing, and where Ormsby has often visited during past KLM Open week’s.
“It was nice to finish like that as I had a hot putter right to the end, which made things a bit easier,” he said in a round of 25 putts.
“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.
“I was thinking there for a time I might break 59 and while I just pulled up short it is the lowest score I’ve had in any round, let alone tournament golf. I’ve worked pretty hard the last few weeks.”
In fact, the effort also is Ormsby’s lowest round also by two strokes after he posted a 63 in the 2007 co-sanctioned Blue Chip New Zealand Open.
Ormsby still strives for a maiden European Tour victory and continues to draw upon last year’s end-of-season superb result of fourth, and after leading going into the final round, in the Turkish Airlines Open.
Lawrie was out ahead of Ormsby and commenced his round at the tenth tee and with the 1999 Open Championship winner carding an eagle and four birdies in his first nine holes before making further gains at the second, sixth and seventh.
The 46 year old Scot needed to pick up two shots in his final two holes to break the 60 barrier but that dream was shattered when he sent his tee shot on the eighth into a bunker, before recovering to save par from eight feet.
Lawrie safely parred the last to end the day on nine under and set the pace and like Ormsby was also delighted with his start to the week.
“Sixty-one – it sounds good, doesn’t it? I played very nicely and putted very well again,” he said in a round that included 26 putts and one more than Ormsby.
“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.
“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.”
England’s Richard Bland is in third place with an eight under par total while Queensland’s Scott Hend shot a five under par 65