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Golfer dumps six balls in the water to shoot a 17 on opening hole at Lyoness Open


Andrey Pavlov

Andrey Pavlov

Andrey Pavlov

Russian golfer Andrey Pavlov had a nightmare start to his second round at the Lyoness Open in Austria after carding a 17 at the first hole.

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, dumped six balls into the water at the 506-yard par-five opening hole.

That 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.

Pavlov began the day at the Diamond Country Club one under after a 71 and in with a chance of making his first-ever cut after 14 previous attempts on both the European and Challenge Tours.

But after his soul-destroying 17 he immediately slumped to 11 over, although that was still not bad enough to be dead last.

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