We then headed for the club about 10.45, which is a 20-minute drive. When we arrived Peter hit balls for 40 min, then we had our lunch. Afterwards he hit a few pitches and then a few 7 irons and drivers.
With 15 minutes on the putting green and it was time for the minibus to the 10th tee.
On the front nine (back nine on the card) we didn’t miss a shot, and Peter hit every fairway and every green, bar the 17th. On the first one he landed a couple of feet off the green and about 15 feet from the hole.
His 10th just missed the fairway, but with a nice lie Peter hit an 8 iron to within 12 feet and duly sank the putt. The 11th was a 5 iron about 20 ft followed by a good putt that just lipped out.
The boss then made good pitch and putt par on 12th, only to play the next one poorly, and drop a shot. But sank a very good 20 footer for birdie on 14, on 15 from right rough hit a great pitch and run 4 iron to 10 feet. Peter just missed the putt which would have brought him back to -5
On sixteen 6 Peter cut the corner a little too much and hit a tree, so had to play sideways to get a shot. He then hit a lovely 3/4 eight iron from 150yds to 10 feet only to be unlucky with the putt.
On 17 drive hit right rough and then he hit a great 5 wood but just got a flyer so the ball went through the green. It was going to be a difficult chip. But Peter chipped to 3 feet and duly held the putt. It was that kind of day
The eighteenth was a nice tee shot to the middle of the green for about 20 feet reach to the hole. Peter rolled it to the hole all the way and sank the putt. So a good day’s work all around!
Michael Hoey, Cormac Sharvin and Rory McNamara missed out with Paul Dunne, Gary Hurley and Kevin Phelan also earning a weekend payday.
Peter Lawrie post round interview
“Played in Spanish Open two weeks ago and form was pretty decent. And was looking forward to coming here. Had been here in 2010 and know the golf course. Really enjoyed it out there.”
“The golf course here is superb. It’s very difficult. You have to drive it straight and putt well and luckily I have done that so far this week.”
“I have driven the ball great in the fairway the majority of the time wch has kind of set up me to shoot a half half decent score this week.”
“I have my coach on the bag so he’s been doing a great job. I’ve made sure he’s double jobbing this week so I am really happy and looking forward to the weekend.”
Peter Lawrie interview Round 2 Trophee Hassan II