AUSTRALIA’S Wade Ormsby fired six birdies in his final seven holes to post a stunning 9-under 61 and take a share of the first round lead at the 2015 KLM Open on the European Tour.
After five weeks home in South Australia resting and working on his game the 35 year returned to tournament golf with a reasonably good 3-under front nine at the Kenneer Golf and Country Club in The Netherlands, then caught fire on the run home.
He notched birdies at the 12th, 13th and 14th before making gains on each of his last three holes to match the clubhouse target of nine under par set by Scotland’s Paul Lawrie earlier in the day.
“It was nice to finish like that. I had a hot putter there at the end, which made things a bit easier,” an elated Ormsby said after his round.
“I was getting a bit frustrated as I was hitting it really close but not holing anything, but I kept on giving myself good chances on the right side and eventually they started rolling in.
“The wind only died down on the last three or four holes so it was tough out there. I said to Rich (Green) that we’d got the wrong side of the draw, but I’m not complaining now.
“That’s the lowest score I’ve had in any round, let alone tournament golf. I’ve worked pretty hard the last few weeks.
“I’ve had five weeks off back in Australia and it’s nice to get back and on the front foot.”
Ormsby had a breakthrough year on the European Tour in 2014 but was struggling to find consistency this year.
“My form was very ordinary during that long run in the middle of the year and I was hanging on, not getting any results.”
“So I went back to Oz with my son and practised hard for the last three weeks and it’s paying off. I put a new putter in the bag this week as well and that’s definitely working.”
Also benefitting from extended European Tour was Queenslander Scott Hend, who came in as the next best Aussie with a 5-under 65 to sit at T12. Richard Green was 3-under at T26 with Jason Scrivener a shot further back and T43.
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