Larrazabal / Olesen lead in Austria
BY European Tour | European PGA Tour | 2012 The Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity | Round One | 26 Jul 2012
Red hot Dane Thorbjørn Olesen joined overnight leader Pablo Larrazábal at the top of the leaderboard on the second morning of the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity.
Despite getting to bed around midnight and waking up at 5am in order to resume his first round, Olesen picked up where he left off with a birdie at the 17th hole to move to eight under par alongside Larrazábal, who posted a flawless round of 64 either side of the three hours and 40 minutes rain delay on day one.
Buoyed by his top ten finish in last week’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes, where he partnered World Number Two Tiger Woods in the third round, the 22 year old is now confident of doubling his tally of European Tour titles at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Clad in Rickie Fowler orange, the Sicilian Open champion said: “Obviously my confidence is high after last week, and I’ve been shaping my irons very well recently. You can be really aggressive with your approach shots here because the greens are so soft, but they’re rolling really well and the course is in great shape considering how much rain we had. The weather looks good for the day, so hopefully I can have another good round – and then catch up on some sleep tonight!”
Frenchman Thomas Levet also shrugged off any lingering lethargy to move to seven under par courtesy of a tap-in birdie at the 18th hole. Levet’s round of 65 was matched by Qualifying School graduate Wil Besseling, who was delighted to return to form after a stop-start season.
Larrázabal, meanwhile, will return to the course at 1.50pm this afternoon after all second round tee times were pushed back an hour. Despite torrential rain on the opening morning, the Spaniard signed for a flawless round of 64 which included an eagle three at the 13th hole.
He said: “My long game is as good as it’s ever been, so I feel like I can go low any time I step onto the course. It just comes down to the putts with me, so I hope they keep dropping.”
The leading Australian after round one is David McKenzie who opened with a round of 65 to be in a share of 2nd position.
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