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Ireland's Peter Lawrie comes close to carding record-breaking 59

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Peter Lawrie of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Peter Lawrie of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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Peter Lawrie of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Ireland's Peter Lawrie threatened to record the first ever 59 on the European Tour on Saturday, but was forced to settle for a round of 62 in the Omega European Masters.

Lawrie carded nine birdies in his first 14 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre, meaning he needed to find two more in the last four holes to break the magical 60 barrier on the par-70 layout.

However, the 40-year-old Dubliner was unable to take advantage of the par-five 15th and then bogeyed the short 16th to see his chance of creating history disappear.

Having made the cut on the mark of one under par, Lawrie's round was enough to move him more than 50 places up the leaderboard and within three shots of overnight leader Richie Ramsay.

Ramsay had added a 66 to his opening 62 to lie 12 under par, one ahead of Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson and two clear of England's Graeme Storm and American Brooks Koepka.

More low scoring again looked to be on the cards, with Lee Slattery moving to nine under thanks to five birdies in his first seven holes.

Offaly's Shane Lowry is -10 after two holes of his second round, Micheal Hoey is on five under after 4 while Padraig Harrington remains on three under after his front nine.

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