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GOLF: Nightmare is Paul over now.

Byline: By Euan McLEAN

PAUL LAWRIE'S game has been up and down all week like the gusts sweeping across Wentworth.

From sublime to ridiculous in the space of a handful of holes summed up his opening round when a potential leaderboard troubler collapsed into one-over par.

He looked to be at it again yesterday when two bogeys on the trot on 15 and 16 seemed to have scuppered a very tidy card.

But thankfully he pulled himself together and fought back to remain top-placed Scot in the field on a respectable three-under-par.

And after rescuing a round of 70, the 1999 Open champion insisted he feels close to finding something spectacular in his golf again.

He said: 'My coach Adam Hunter kept saying I was really close and urged m to just keep going. And if you can shoot 70 on a day like this you are obviously almost there.

'With the course playing the way it is and shooting scores in the low 70s I have to be happy with the progress.

'Today I did what I had to do in the weather.

'I didn't hit it particularly well but not many could on a day like this.'

Meanwhile, fellow Scot Steven O'Hara is just a shot behind Lawrie on two-under thanks to a solid 73.

Defending champion Scott Drummond is just another shot adrift after shooting the same score.

But it was a tough day for Alastair Forsyth.

He slipped back from three-under par to level par after a nightmare front nine forced him to rescue a 75

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 29, 2005
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