Bourdy continues Austrian dominance

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Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Overnight leader Gregory Bourdy continued where he left off on day one with a near-flawless round to take a five-shot lead at the Lyoness Open in Austria.

The Frenchman began with a two-stroke advantage on seven under and, playing the back nine first, five birdies saw him quickly race further ahead as he went to the turn in 31 at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg.

He dropped his first shot at the par-five first after having to lay up but he clawed that back at the short sixth to sign for a 67 and a 12-under total.

His clubhouse lead could have been even greater had it not been for Spaniard Carlos Pigem who, in matching Bourdy’s 65 on the opening day, recorded the joint-lowest score of his European Tour career, the highlight of which was an eagle two at the 12th after holing his eight-iron approach.

Compatriot Rafa Cabrera-Bello joined him on seven under after bettering Thursday’s 69 by one shot.

Russia’s Andrey Pavlov had a nightmare start to his second round after carding a 17 at the par-five first hole, having found the water six times.

The 28-year-old, who finished 26 over at this event 12 months ago and is playing his first European Tour event of the year on a tournament invitation, tied the joint-second worst number of strokes on a single hole in European Tour history – joining Chris Gane, who made the same score at Gleneagles in 2003, with only Philippe Porquier’s 20 at the 1978 French Open worse.

He eventually signed for an 18-over 90, having carded a one-under 71 yesterday which had given him a chance of making his first ever cut in 15 attempts on both the European and Challenge Tours.

Published: Friday 12th June 2015 by The News Editor

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