KLM Open: Paul Lawrie cards best European Tour round with 61

Paul Lawrie
Paul Lawrie is one of seven Scots competing in the KLM Open
KLM Open first-round leaderboard
-9 P Lawrie, W Ormsby (Aus), -8 R Bland (Eng), -7 E Goya (Arg) D Horsey (Eng), J Luiten (Ned) J Morrison (Eng), R Rock (Eng) Selected others:-5 S Gallacher (Sco), A Sullivan (Eng) -4 M Ford (Eng), T Hatton (Eng), A Johnston (Eng), L Slattery (Eng) -3 J Barnes (Eng), D Brooks (Eng), R Dinwiddie (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng) -2 O Farr (Wal), P Lawrie (Ire) -1 B Dredge (Wal), P McGinley (Ire) +1 D Clarke (NI), P Harrington (Ire)
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Paul Lawrie shot the lowest round of his European Tour career to co-lead the KLM Open in the Netherlands on day one.

A nine-under-par 61 gave Scot Lawrie, 46, a share of the one-shot lead with Australian Wade Ormsby.

The 1999 Open champion said: "Sixty-one - it sounds good, doesn't it? I played very nicely and putted well again."

England's Richard Bland is eight under, one shot ahead of his countrymen David Horsey, James Morrison and Robert Rock. Scot Stephen Gallacher is five under.

The English trio are tied with home favourite Joost Luiten, who won the tournament two years ago.

Aberdeen's Lawrie, who carded an eagle and seven birdies, added: "The wind was quite calm the first few holes but then it picked up a little bit on the way round. Any time you are nine under it's a good effort."

Lawrie needed to pick up two shots in his final two holes to break 60 but sent his tee shot on the eighth - his penultimate hole - into a bunker before recovering to save par.

England's Lee Slattery, who won the Russian Open earlier this month, finished four under.

Gallacher - another of the seven Scots in action in Zandvoort - came in five under, with fellow Scot David Drysdale three shots further back and compatriots Chris Doak and Richie Ramsay both one under.

Oliver Farr is the leading Welshman in the field on two under, one ahead of compatriot Bradley Dredge and joint 43rd with Ireland's Peter Lawrie. Northern Ireland's former Open champion Darren Clarke and Ireland's three-time major winner Padraig Harrington are one over.

The KLM Open is one of only seven tournaments to have been played every season since the European Tour started in 1972.