News24.com | Englishman dazzles with stunning 60 at Italian Open, SA’s Burmester lurks

England’s Laurie Canter during the opening round of the Italian Open at Chervo Golf Club in Brescia on 22 October 2020.

England’s Laurie Canter during the opening round of the Italian Open at Chervo Golf Club in Brescia on 22 October 2020.

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England’s Laurie Canter carded the lowest round of the 2020 Race to Dubai and his European Tour career to open up a four shot lead after 18 holes at the Italian Open.

The 30-year-old registered 10 birdies and an eagle in a stunning 60 that moved him to 12 under at Chervo Golf Club.

Placing on the fairways meant that he could not set a course record but Canter’s remarkable effort was still the lowest in event history since 1972 and matched the lowest score to par ever recorded on the European Tour.

South African Dean Burmester and Dane Joachim B Hansen were the closest competition as Canter opened up the biggest first round lead of the season.

Spaniard Adri Arnaus, Dutchman Wil Besseling, England’s Richard Bland, Swede Oscar Lengden and Frenchman Damien Perrier were five shots off the lead.

“It feels great. The score, days like that, the back nine there, everything’s gone in. I gave myself some chances and it was just one of those days where you’ve just got to enjoy the ride,” Canter said on the European Tour’s official website.

Leading first round scores in the European Tour’s Italian Open in San Vigilio di Pozzolengo near Brescia on Thursday (par 72):

60 – Laurie Canter (ENG)

64 – Dean Burmester (RSA), Joachim B Hansen (DEN)

65 – Richard Bland (ENG), Damien Perrier (FRA), Adri Arnaus (ESP), Oscar Lengden (SWE), Will Besseling (NED)

66 – Ross McGowan (ENG), Niklas Lemke (SWE), Matthew Jordan (ENG), Robin Roussel (FRA), Jack Senior (ENG), Julien Quesne (FRA), Kristoffer Reitan (NOR)

Selected:

68 – Edoardo Molinari (ITA), Matt Wallace (ENG)

69 – Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

72 – Lee Westwood (ENG)

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