New putting style helps Lawrie lead
PETER Lawrie credited a new putting technique with helping to give him the outright lead after the first round of the Czech Open.
Competing at the Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna, Lawrie did not drop a shot en route to carding a six-under-par round of 66.
Last year’s runner-up is now on course to go one better following a change to his putting style he first attempted in the Irish Open at the end of last month when he finished eighth.
“I played lovely golf,” said the 37year-old, pictured, whose only European Tour win was in the Open de Espana just over three years ago.
“No bogeys, which always helps. A couple of nice up-anddowns when I really needed them – on two and three – my 11th and 12th.
“Every chance I gave myself from short range, I holed it, although I missed about a 10-footer at the last.
“But everything went according to plan. I’ve been playing quite steady all year, holing a few nice putts in Ireland.
“I did one or two things different in Ireland with my putting which seemed to work, and it’s working well out here as well.”
Scottish trio Gary Orr, Richie Ramsay and David Drysdale were among a host of players on three under.
Course co-designer, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, was facing a fight to make the cut after a four-over-par round of 76.