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Lawrie can’t repeat feat

PETER LAWRIE shot a level-par 72 to leave himself tied for the lead during the second round of the Sicilian Open, a comedown from his scintillating round of golf yesterday.

The 38-year-old Dubliner led overnight after an opening course record 64 at Verdura Golf Resort & Spa, but mixed three bogeys with three birdies after starting his second round on the back nine.

The former Open de España winner then bogeyed the first, but a birdie |at the third brought him back into a share of the lead with Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, England’s David Lynn and Simon Wakefield plus Dutchman Maarten Lafeber. On a very congested leaderboard eight players were tied for seventh just one off the pace.

Lawrie missed the cut in last week’s Hassan Trophy after rounds of 69 and 76, but bounced back in style yesterday as he looks to add to his sole European Tour title at the Spanish Open in 2008.

“I’m delighted after last week,” Lawrie said yesterday. “I got it to four or five under and unfortunately played 12 holes in five over on Saturday and walked off the golf course devastated.

“But I came here and really practised hard over the last couple |of days and I’m delighted that |I actually holed a few putts today.

“It’s forgiving off the tee here, I have to admit, but the design is very good and the ball is running on the fairways so it makes us short-hitters have some good chances.

“The closing holes you can make a few birdies but you just have to watch that 18th hole, it’s a daunting tee |shot.

“The water is certainly in your mind when you tee off.”

Lawrie saved par from 10 feet on the 18th, with his only bogey of the day coming on the 13th.

Asked about his approach for the rest of the tournament, he added: “Just keep on plodding away.

“You can’t win a tournament on Thursday, as they always say, but you can lose it. I’m not going to get ahead of myself.”