New putting style helps Lawrie lead

GOLF

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

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.

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