Sunday 17 December 2017

Lawrie puts emotions aside to remain in pursuit of leaders

Peter Lawrie believed it must have been bad news when he saw a sign on the El Prat course reading 'Seve Forever', writes Bernie McGuire.

The deterioration in Ballesteros' health clearly overshadowed the second round of the Spanish Open with Lawrie carding a 72 to remain at four-under-par. South African Thomas Aiken (68) heads the event on eight-under, one clear of Barcelona's Pablo Larrazabal (70).

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first of three Spanish Open wins for Ballasteros while his third, in 1995, was the last of his 50 European tour victories.

Lawrie had just one birdie in his round -- at the par-four second -- and then, after a sixth hole bogey, he strung together a dozen pars.

"It was a lot tougher out there today, the course was playing one to two shots harder than yesterday," said Lawrie. "But then looking at the board no one has run away and it's all stagnated."

Shane Lowry doubled the sixth on route to a 73 for a two-under par tally, while Damien McGrane missed the cut with 82 and 75.

A knee injury forced Gareth Maybin to withdraw after 14 when the Ballyclare player, who gets married next week, was two-over.

Irish Independent

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