Lynn edges ahead

Last updated at 14:43 05 August 2004

David Lynn produced a career-low round to take a two-stroke lead at seven under par in the KLM Open in Holland.

The Stoke golfer, whose previous best was a 64 on a par-72 course in the 2001 Madeira Open, shot a 63 at the par-70 Hilversumsche Golf Club.

He opened with three birdies in his first three holes and picked up another shot on the seventh to go to the turn in 31.

Lynn then recovered from a bogey on the par-four 11th by responding with an eagle three the very next hole after hitting his second shot on the par five to 25 feet and sinking the putt.

Further birdies at the 15th and the last put him two clear of New Zealand's Stephen Scahill, who enjoyed an even better start than Lynn after five successive birdies from the first.

"The putter came out hot to start with," he said.

"I started fast, which was nice, hit it stiff at the first, made a 20 footer at the second and then made a 30 footer at the third.

"That had a good effect as it is always nice to get under par because you know you've got a good chance to build a good score."

Mixed fortunes for Cup hopefuls

Ireland's Paul McGinley rolled in a 15-foot putt for an eagle three on the 18th to put him in the clubhouse at five under, tied with Australia's Richard Green.

McGinley's fellow Ryder Cup hopeful and playing partner Ian Poulter had an up-and-down round which included seven birdies and four bogeys for a three-under-par 67.

Scahill went to the turn in 31 after dropping a shot on the ninth but a birdie on the 12th put him back on five under and he parred his way home for a share of second place.

Swedes Per Nyman and Patrik Sjoland are both a shot further back after 66s.

Jamie Elson made the first hole in one of the tournament when his nine-iron tee shot dropped in at the 138-yard 13th and, added to a birdie on the last, it helped him card a level-par 70 after three bogeys in his opening four holes.

Scotland's Sandy Lyle began with a triple-bogey seven and it got no better as six further bogeys took him to nine over at one stage, although he salvaged some pride with three birdies in his last six holes.