Pavlov makes dog's dinner of opener
Russia's Andrey Pavlov recorded the second-worst score for a single hole in European Tour history yesterday, taking 17 on the par-five first at the Lyoness Open in Austria.
Pavlov, who carded 71 in the first round, landed in the water six times on the 506-yard opening hole, eventually carding an 18-over 90 to miss the cut for the 15th time in 15 attempts on both the European and Challenge Tours.
The 28-year-old matched Englishman Chris Gane's feat of taking 17 on one hole at Gleneagles in 2003. Frenchman Philippe Porquier tops the European Tour list with a 20 at the 1978 French Open.
The 1,598th-ranked Pavlov entered the Lyoness Open by invitation. He finished 26 over at the same tournament last year.
At the other end of the leaderboard, Gregory Bourdy widened his lead by shooting a five-under 67 (12-under total) to go four strokes clear of fellow Frenchman Gary Stal and Chris Wood of England.
Peter Lawrie finished the best of the Irish challenge, dropping two positions down the leaderboard from his opening round, after carding a one-under 71 and leaving him five-under.
Simon Thornton is back on level par after a 74 while Waterford-born Kevin Phelan (75) finished five-over. Damian McGrane comfortably missed the cut after registering eight bogies in his round of 77, leaving him with a 10-over total.